Following the election of Cherelle Parker as the city’s first female mayor, Philadelphia has embraced a historic moment. The Democrat easily defeated Republican David Oh, receiving more than 70% of the vote to become Philadelphia’s 100th mayor.
This opens the door to a new chapter in Philadelphia’s political history. The City of Brotherly Love will have a female mayor for the first time.
Parker, a seasoned politician, promised to transform crime-ridden Philadelphia into the “safest, cleanest, greenest big city in the nation” and an economic hub with opportunity for all.
Parker’s moderate approach seemed to have resonated with the people after she won the Democratic nomination in a tight primary in May, as she promised to lead the effort to push duty bearers to better people’s conditions.
Parker, who served as a state lawmaker for a decade before being elected to the city council in 2015, cited her broad experience as a basis for confronting serious difficulties in Philadelphia, according to the New York Post.
She expressed her appreciation for the confidence placed in her as she prepares to succeed Mayor Jim Kenney, who is serving his final term.
In a tweet on Tuesday night, she stated that her win was due to the joint effort of her coalition and supporters in forging a vision for a safer, cleaner, and greener future.
Former city council member David Oh, the Republican contender, resigned in early 2023 to run for mayor. Parker, in a brave move, resigned from her city council seat to run for mayor.
Mayor Kenney, who is nearing the conclusion of his second term, praised Parker, recognizing the historic moment in her long public service career.
He emphasized his delight in his friendship and professional connection with Parker and promised to work closely with her to ensure a smooth and effective transition that keeps the city moving forward.