Ex-councilman wins crucial primary for Philadelphia mayor

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Posted: May 20, 2015 2:31 AM
Ex-councilman wins crucial primary for Philadelphia mayor

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A former Philadelphia councilman poised to become the city's next mayor credits his win to a coalition that includes union members, immigrants, gays and public school parents.

Jim Kenney is likely to succeed Michael Nutter next year as mayor of the nation's fifth largest city after winning Tuesday's Democratic primary.

The 57-year-old Kenney spent more than 20 years on city council before resigning to enter the six-person race.

His win comes even after a pro-charter school group spent nearly $7 million to support challenger Anthony Hardy Williams, a state senator.

Kenney's agenda includes universal pre-kindergarten, a higher minimum wage and an end to police stop-and-frisk policies.

No Republican has won a mayoral election in Philadelphia since 1948.