The Democratic primary next year will garner much of the political news. That’s already obvious as Joe Khan, and now Judge Teresa Carr Deni have officially announced, with possibly Michael Untermeyer and Rich Negrin testing the waters – and we suspect a couple of others pondering entering the race, with at least another expected to declare from the judiciary.
The Republican primary will have one contender for sure, even though, fettered by a seven to one registration edge enjoyed by Democratic candidates. Local GOPers find it tough to raise the kind of dollars necessary to get into contention with registrations weighing heavily against their efforts.
“But we are moving up the ladder, one rung at a time, and finding candidates who will do well in any citywide contest,” stated Republican Party Chair Joe DeFelice.
He has had three queries to date from individuals interested in tackling the DA’s race and knows for sure that long-time Philadelphia attorney Beth Caren Grossman may soon announce.
As far as challenging Controller Alan Butkovitz, money remains the issue. “It’s tough for our candidates to take on the Controller without the money to grow their name and reputations. By nature of his office, Alan can garner plenty of publicity during the election cycle,” admitted DeFelice.