Philadelphia has embraced a historic moment after voters elected Cherelle Parker as the city’s first female mayor. In a resounding win, the Democrat outshined Republican David Oh, securing over 70% of the votes to be the 100th mayor in Philadelphia.
This paves the way for a groundbreaking chapter in Philadelphia’s political narrative. It’s the first time the City of Brotherly Love will have a woman as mayor.
Parker, an experienced politician, promised to transform crime-ridden Philadelphia into the “safest, cleanest, greenest big city in the nation” and an economic hub with opportunities for all.
Having secured the Democratic nomination in a competitive primary last May, Parker’s moderate message seem to have resonated with the people as she promised to lead the advocacy to challenge the duty bearers to improve the condition of people.
With a decade-long tenure as a state representative and subsequent election to the city council in 2015, Parker pointed to her extensive experience as a foundation for tackling significant challenges in Philadelphia, as reported by the New York Post.
She expressed her gratitude for the trust placed in her as she prepares to succeed Mayor Jim Kenney, who faced term limits.
In a tweet on Tuesday night, she pointed out that the collective effort of her coalition and supporters in shaping a vision for a safer, cleaner, and greener future is responsible for her victory.
The GOP candidate, David Oh, a former city council member, resigned in early 2023 to pursue the mayoral seat. Parker, in a bold move, also resigned from her city council seat to pursue the mayoral position.
Mayor Kenney, who is approaching the end of his second term, congratulated Parker, acknowledging the historic milestone in her distinguished career of public service.
He expressed his pride in his friendship and professional relationship with Parker and pledged to collaborate closely with her for a seamless and successful transition that maintains the city’s ongoing progress.