Broad Street Brief: Philly Zoo Pres; GOP Oh Fundraiser; WFP Ballot Removal

August 18, 2023

Election Update

Pennsylvania Republicans Rally Around Oh Mayoral Campaign

While Democratic mayoral nominee Cherelle Parker is heavily favored to win the general election in November, her former City Council colleague and Republican opponent David Oh is garnering support from the wealthy and powerful Republicans, who held a fundraiser for his campaign at the Union League on Tuesday.

WFP Commissioner Candidate Removed From Ballot

Following a legal challenge from voters for his alleged failure to file campaign financial reports with city and state entities, Working Families Party (WFP) City Commissioner candidate Jarrett Smith was removed from the ballot. WFP City Council candidates survived legal challenges to their own candidacies.

Around Town

Philadelphia Zoo Names Dr. Jo-Elle Mogerman as Next President

On Tuesday, the Philadelphia Zoo announced Dr. Jo-Elle Mogerman, current director of the Saint Louis Zoo WildCare Park in Missouri, as its next president. Mogerman will make history succeeding current President Vikram Dewan in October as both the first Black person and first woman to lead the venerable institution in its 164-year history.

Economy League, Construction Industry Leaders, Minority-Owned Businesses Aim to Improve Diversity in Philadelphia Real Estate Sector

The Economy League of Greater Philadelphia held its first PAGE Real Estate and Construction Summit last week — hosted at the headquarters of FS Investments in the Navy Yard — with the goal of bringing together minority business owners and local construction industry leaders to improve diversity in Philadelphia’s real estate sector.

Energy Authority’s Solarize Philly Plans to Double Over Next Two Years

The Philadelphia Energy Authority marked the beginning of its annual Solar Week on Monday by releasing a Request for Proposals for solar installation contractors. With the goal of doubling its Solarize Philly plans over the next two years, the program helps low- to moderate-income households install solar panels on their roofs.


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