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Timeline: How Jeff Brown became a mayoral frontrunner

Supermarket magnate Jeff Brown is one of the leading candidates in the mayoral race — and the most controversial. 

  • Brown gained name recognition when he was the first to roll out TV commercials, which touted his record of opening grocery stores in underserved areas, and he notched several early union endorsements.

But he alienated some voters with ads and remarks perceived as racially insensitive, and his campaign is being sued by Philly’s Board of Ethics. Meir Rinde has a timeline of Brown’s ups and downs.

→ From the soda tax fights of 2017 through the viral videos of 2023

Mayoral candidate Jeff Brown answers questions about his plans for infrastructure, land use, and development during a forum hosted by BUILDPhilly at the Kimmel Center on March 14. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

People are comparing Rhynhart’s campaign to Liz Warren’s run

Buoyed by experience and some notable endorsements, Rebecca Rhynhart appears — though there have been no public independent polls — to be another of the race’s frontrunners.

  • What makes her a top candidate? Rhynhart’s popularity has been likened to Elizabeth Warren’s, a comparison based more on style and base than political stance or relevant experience.

They both present a progressive wonkishness based on efficiency and rationality, Jordan Levy notes, instead the rhetoric of social movements.

→ Philly’s progressive planner?

Mayoral candidate Rebecca Rhynhart speaks at a forum on March 14. (Cory Sharber/WHYY)

RECAP: What else happened?

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Mayor Kenney joins other Rebuild officials to celebrate the graduation of eight Philadelphians from a hands-on paid training program at the Finishing Trades Institute in Northeast Philly — where Joe Biden gave his recent budget address (2 p.m.).


🎾 BP Quizzo: Join us at Padelphia for a night of Philly trivia! Space is limited at this new-style racket club on the Schuylkill River near City Live Ave, so register early. BYO, plus we’ll have some snacks and sips, and prizes for the winners. (6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 26)

🍿 Philadelphia Psychotronic Film Society, which calls itself the city’s longest-running cult film club, hosts a movie night at PhilaMOCA in the Eraserhood. Admission is $5 for non-members. (7:30 p.m. Monday, April 17)

🎨 Meet the artists, makers, and entrepreneurs of the Bok building as you explore their workspaces at the free Spring Open Studios. The rooftop bar is also open. (6 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 21)