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May 14,2017 09:17

Elections matter. Never — save for the election of Abraham Lincoln — has that statement been more true than it is today. The Donald Trump presidency is a fiasco. He is a reckless tyrant whose delusional thoughts and hateful mentality threaten to ...


Elections matter. Never — save for the election of Abraham Lincoln — has that statement been more true than it is today.
The Donald Trump presidency is a fiasco. He is a reckless tyrant whose delusional thoughts and hateful mentality threaten to destabilize every aspect of our treasured American democracy and perhaps the strength of democracy throughout the world.
And the American people — with some help from our voting system’s imperfect Electoral College — made that possible in November.
On Tuesday, what we should make possible is the election of representatives for our city, state and judicial districts who are fair, honest, productive and effective. Be sure to vote on May 16.
Below is a reminder The Philadelphia Tribune’s endorsements for district attorney, city controller, state and local judges, and two ballot questions:
Joe Khan for District Attorney
Khan, who has experience as a city and federal prosecutor, is a progressive reformer whose plans include no longer prosecuting simple drug possession cases and replacing the cash bail system. His six years in the city’s District Attorney Office gives him a firm grasp of the office. His 10 years as a federal prosecutor gives him a different level of exposure as a prosecutor and valuable experience as an outsider.
Alan Butkovitz for
City Controller
In his role as chief fiscal watchdog, Butkovitz has proven to be tough and independent. He has been aggressive in exposing waste, fraud and mismanagement in government. In addition, Butkovitz has recommended practical ideas on how the city can save money and be more efficient with taxpayer’s money.
For judges:
Voters can cast their ballot for one candidate for State Supreme Court, four candidates for Superior Court, two candidates for Commonwealth Court, two candidates for Municipal Court and nine candidates for the Court of Common Pleas.
We pick:
State Supreme Court
Dwayne D. Woodruff
State Superior Court
Carolyn H. Nichols
Commonwealth Court
of Pennsylvania
Ellen Ceisler
Philadelphia Municipal Court
Marissa Brumbach
Philadelphia County Court
of Common Pleas
Leon Goodman
Deborah Canty
Lucretia Clemons
Zac Shaffer
Stella Tsai
Wendi Barish
Ballot Questions:
(Philadelphia Only)
All Philadelphia voters (not just registered Democrats and Republicans) are eligible to vote on two proposed amendments to the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter. As permitted through Section 6 of the First Class City Home Rule Act, City Council approved the proposed charter amendments by two-thirds of its members. To go into effect, they must be approved on May 16 by a simple majority (more than 50 percent) of city voters.
Vote “yes” on Best Value
Procurement
This amendment would allow city government to procure contracts utilizing a “best value” approach where price is considered in addition to other factors that can include vendor qualifications, quality and past record, diversity goals and other performance-based criteria. It reads, “Shall The Philadelphia Home Rule Charter be amended to allow for the award of certain contracts based on best value to the City?”
Vote “yes” on Community Reinvestment Commission
This question reads, “Shall The Philadelphia Home Rule Charter be amended to provide for the creation of a Philadelphia Community Reinvestment Commission to be charged with recommending coordinated community reinvestment strategies for the City of Philadelphia by identifying opportunities for public, private, and philanthropic entities to collaborate and leverage their resources for the public good?”

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