"If we have more information -- better information -- we can make better choices and build a better Philadelphia."
Thank you for listening, for getting involved, and for supporting my efforts.
Election night was a frustrating one, but it concluded a remarkable campaign through which we engaged our neighbors in a conversation about building a better Philadelphia. We leave behind a legacy that includes much more than recycling bins of bulldog-logo material; it includes the forward-thinking example set by the bulldog budget, which shows that we can have more information and better information about city spending.
Being a political candidate is a heckuva thing. The scrutiny and anxiety that come with a run for office is taxing, but the ability to connect with citizens is affirming and uplifting. Most of all, being in the "asking" business -- constantly seeking and receiving contributions of time and money from so many -- is inspiring. I cannot thank you enough for the time and funds and faith that you placed in my candidacy. I only wish I could have rewarded those contributions with four years of service as City Controller.
I'm sure friends and foes will put forth reasons why we fell short and at some point we'll all look closer at the data but the morning-after analysis seems pretty straightforward -- our voters did not vote. Just six months ago, more than 600,000 Philadelphians participated in the presidential election, but just more than 60,000 voted in the Controller's race this week.
When we turn around and regard the sorry state of so much in this could-be-great city, we have to acknowledge that when we do not participate in the races that choose our leaders, we leave it up to others to chose them. Let's together aspire to do so much better in the future.
As to my future, it is time for me to put personal concerns ahead of public service. I am looking forward to being a much-more-time husband and father and friend. I am excited to get out to the ballpark to root for the Phillies and back onto the ballfield to play ball with my teammates. And, I am happy that the next time you and I connect, we can do so without the pressure of a campaign to distract us.
Thank you...for EVERYTHING!
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School Superintendent William Hite's Big But
As a public-school product and public-school parent, I am deeply concerned about the state of Philadelphia schools and the fate of my children -- and all Philadelphia children -- in them. So it was with hope and some finger-crossing that I reviewed Superintendent William Hite’s recently released Action Plan v2.0. The aspirational blueprint outlines steps to make our schools great, and I join so many students, parents, teachers, administrators, employers, and others in saying it can’t happen soon enough. However, in laying out the tangible inputs required to achieve greatness, Hite confesses that success is possible BUT cannot happen with the resources he requests. That is a big "but" and when it comes to my children’s future, I’ll break it down for you, old school -- I don’t like big buts and I cannot lie.