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2019 Mayoral Campaign Kickoff

As Philadelphians eagerly await the beginning of the first-ever Eagles season as Super Bowl Champions, the city's pols and players are quietly talking behind closed doors about the 2019 mayoral campaign. The mayoral election is often described as the Super Bowl of Philadelphia politics, but, let me be the first to declare that -- much like the pre-season football we are enduring -- none of the candidates and candidacies that have emerged so far offer our city anything more interesting than undrafted talent and uninspired play.

Philadelphia needs a big-play offense of radical change and a full-on frontal assault on the unsatisfying state of our city. Only a candidate who offers an uncompromising, unrelenting, and unflinching action plan deserves attention. Only a candidacy that presents such a plan deserves support. None will do so.

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