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Shapiro, Fetterman win as Dems take both statewide races in Pa.
- Shapiro won 55% to 44% over Mastriano, who declined to concede the governor’s race. This marks the third consecutive gubernatorial victory for the Democratic Party in Pa., which hasn’t happened since 1844.
In the Senate race, Fetterman defied expectations (and the latest polls) to beat Oz with a statewide showing that served as a rebuke to post-stroke naysayers.
Philly has four new councilmembers and two charter changes
No upsets were had in Philadelphia, which saw high turnout as voters cited abortion rights and democracy as reasons they went to the polls.
- Four new members of City Council will be sworn in later this month, all handpicked by Democratic leaders. “I am truly grateful for this unique opportunity,” Councilmember-elect Sharon Vaughn told Billy Penn.
Both ballot questions easily passed — but the measure to create a new Department of Aviation proved more contentious than giving CTE grads extra points on the civil service exam.
RECAP: What else happened?
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- Northeast Pa.’s Luzerne County kept polls open until 10 p.m. after a paper shortage impacted nearly a fifth of its precincts. [KPVI/Standard Speaker$]
- Students from West Philly’s lain Locke Elementary School voted in a mock election at CCP, weighing in on the fairness of the city’s new curfew. [KYW]
- Next up on Down North Pizza founder Muhammad Abdul-Hadi’s Strawberry Mansion revitalization plan? An educational “Treehouse” taking over a refurbished library on Lehigh Avenue. [PhillyVoice]
- Eagles center Jason Kelce launched the Underdog clothing line, which will support his new youth nonprofit, the Be Philly Foundation. [Fox29/CBS3]
- Want to buy a formerly famous restaurant? The Bella Vista building that once housed acclaimed French BYOB Bibou is for sale. [Inquirer$]
Weekly brief on gun violence prevention (with PCGVR)
- Republicans all across Pa. had tried to make “violent crime in Philadelphia” a talking point in their campaigns. [WHYY]
- Philadelphia is restarting its “Roadmap to Safer Communities” listening tour with four November sessions across the city. After 8 months of the meetings, it’s unclear if they’ve had any effect or yet led to any change. [Phila Gov/WHYY]
- In the 1970s, Philly youth organization The House of Umoja gained acclaim as effective peace brokers. A Nov. 30 discussion at the African American Museum explores what modern city leaders might learn from their success. [Billy Penn/AAMP]
- After a shooting in Kensington and multiple incidents on SEPTA, many leaders — including Councilmember-elect Quetcy Lozada — criticized current officials for not doing enough to address the neighborhood’s public health catastrophe. [BP/Inquirer$/BP]
- How do Philadelphians working to end gun violence feel about the Krasner impeachment effort? Some want him gone, but don’t necessarily blame him for the shooting crisis. [Billy Penn]
By the numbers in Philadelphia
- 54: Shooting victims recorded last week so far, vs. 27 the week prior. [City Controller via @PCGVR]
- 2,060: Shooting victims this year, 2% ahead of last year’s pace. [PCGVR]
- 455: Year-to-date homicides, 4% down from last year’s pace but up 66% vs. five years ago [Philly Police]
MAYOR WATCH: Nov. 9, 2022
No public events on the sked for Mayor Kenney on this Election Day morrow.
ON THE CALENDAR
🍾 Sip on some champers and chow down on a cheesesteak at a fundraiser for Philadelphia Youth Basketball hosted at Pat’s Steaks. Tickets start at $50. (5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9)
🥕 The Food Trust hosts a pop-up farmers market in Northern Liberties’ Piazza. If this one goes well, it could return on a weekly basis next spring. (10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12)