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Milton Street calls fraud on Tony Williams, 21 people (!) are running for City Council at-large: 6 things we learned on petition day

Tuesday marked the deadline for filing nomination petitions for public office. If you had all your signatures and forms completed and the proper amount of money in hand you were good to go. When 5 p.m. rolled around, five Democratic mayoral candidates (plus Milton Street by a hair) had done just that. And then Street got to talking trash about Tony Williams. Here are six highlights from petition signature day.

1. Mayoral signature scoreboard

Who won the ego-boosting contest? Obviously, it’s important to get a few more than 1,000 signatures in case other candidates protest, but some of the candidates took this signature thing to a whole new level. Here’s how it breaks down:

Tony Williams: 15,000

Jim Kenney: 10,070

Nelson Diaz: 5,000

Doug Oliver: 4,125

Lynne Abraham: 4,000

Milton Street: 3,261

2. Milton Street nearly screwed up his mayoral run and then sniped at Tony Williams

But he got all the paperwork together in the nick of time.

That was good enough, at least for now. Street’s name is on the unofficial list of candidates released by the City Commissioners.

He celebrated the occasion of not screwing up and losing his chance to run for mayor by taking shots at Tony Williams. According to the Daily NewsStreet said Williams compiled over 6,000 fake signatures. He claimed he knew this because five or six sources (which he declined to name) told him so; Street says he’s going to file a complaint with Philadelphia’s Board of Ethics.

“I will guarantee you his signatures are fraudulent, and almost as much as 75 percent of them,” he said to the Daily News.

And if Street is wrong, he said he will drop out of the race.

3. Good luck on keeping track of the City Council at-large election

Soooooo many people want to be on City Council this year. The race for five Democratic at-large spots (because let’s face it the Dems will definitely snag five) involves four incumbent council members and 17 other challengers. And if history is any indication, those 17 people will have an awfully difficult time beating the incumbents.

4. Only one Republican is on the mayor ticket

Melissa Murray Bailey will be the Republican mayoral candidate this spring and in the fall general election. Though Elmer Money and Rhashea Harmon had expressed interest in running, Murray Bailey is the only one to complete all the paperwork, get all the signatures and land on the list. But Harmon says she will run as an Independent in the fall — and, of course, we could still see a candidacy from Sam Katz.

5. The guy who announced his mayoral candidacy in a (probably) strip club isn’t running

Well, Juan Rodriguez didn’t file all of his paperwork and signatures Tuesday. He’s the guy who announced his intentions to run last month at a North Philly bar that features exotic dancers. Keith Goodman isn’t running either. The pastor said he wanted to focus more on helping families in North Philadelphia.

6. And how much money could these people make if they win?

It’s a LOT of work to run for public office in Philadelphia. Do candidates who win get a big payday? You betcha. Here’s how salaries for elected positions in Philly break down, based on recent data.

Mayor: $208,000

City Council: $127,085-$133,567

City Council President: $159,503

City Commissioner: $125,000

Sheriff: $123,600

Register of Wills: $123,600

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