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Philadelphia's 99th mayor says he's fair, not `progressive'

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 1, 2016 4:46 AM
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Philadelphia Democratic mayoral candidate Jim Kenney waves to supporters after speaking during an election night event at the National Museum of American Jewish History, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015, in Philadelphia. Kenney, a former longtime councilman, overwhelmed his Republican challenger, business executive Melissa Murray Bailey, in a city that hasn't had a GOP mayor since 1952. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

(Philadelphia) -- Philadelphia's new mayor says he'd like to think of himself more as fair than progressive.

Like outgoing Mayor Michael Nutter, Kenney spent two decades as a city councilman, where he worked on issues including inequality, immigration, gay rights and criminal justice reform.

Kenney says he's eyeing poverty as his top issue as the 99th mayor of the poorest big city in the country. He cites his Jesuit education and Irish-American background as strong influences.

The 57-year-old won election in November with strong support from the black community and says he has a responsibility to those voters. Among his priorities are improving the relationship between police and black citizens and reducing city jail overcrowding.

Kenney takes office Monday.

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