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May 01, 2015

Penn's newspaper endorses Jim Kenney to be next mayor

Penn Mayoral Race
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Then-Philadelphia Councilman (now current Mayor-elect) James Kenney speaks before Mayor Michael Nutter signs legislation that broadens equality protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people living and working in the city, Thursday, May 9, 2013.

Sobering statistics show how little the city’s millennial revolution has translated — so far — into votes. 

In an effort to get students more interested in Philadelphia's mayoral race, the University of Pennsylvania's student news organization, The Daily Pennsylvanian, has chosen to endorse Jim Kenney.

"We have an obligation to be informed voters," the staff writes. "It is our duty as part of the greater Philadelphia community, as citizens and as an institution whose future is indelibly tied to that of Philadelphia. The elections are not just the matter of the Philadelphia locals you see on the street on your way to Chipotle. We are locals, too."

The Daily Pennsylvanian argues that Kenney is the most capable candidate for Philadelphia mayor. The staff notes that his "clear plans for improving the economy, education, public safety, transportation, transparency in government and equality," are more informed than those of his rival candidate Anthony Williams. 

They also admit reservations about Lynne Abraham's physical ability after her collapse during the debate on April 7.

Read more about The Daily Pennsylvanian's endorsement here.