How the Working Families Party Could Disrupt Philly’s Political Machine

by Stuart Elliott

Jake Blumgart’s interesting article on the potential of the Working Families Party in Philadelphia appears even more relevant after the recent success of the WPF in Maryland. Blumagart writes

This time next year Philadelphia could be home to yet another political machine. That may sound like the last thing this city’s fractious electoral drama needs. But Pennsylvania Working Families could potentially give voice, and coherence, to some of those currently underrepresented in Philly’s politics, including the progressive wing of the labor movement and the liberal and left activists who find little to like in local clannish machine operations or the business-side reformers who typically challenge them.


Blumgart discusses Sarah Jaffe’s writing on the WFP in Connecticut where election rules prevent one party from controlling all city council or school board seats and notes

Philadelphia is one of the few other cities, along with Washington D.C., where a similar strategy could work. Of City Council’s 17 seats, seven are at-large and two of those must go to a minority party. Both are currently held by Republicans. Pennsylvania Working Families is considering a run for those seats…

For the possibilities and limits of the WFP in Philadelphia, read the entire article.

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