Apr 3, 2023 - Politics

Philly's Democratic mayoral primary 2023: Meet the candidates

Illustration of a political campaign button with the words MEET THE CANDIDATES on it.

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Leading up to this year’s Democratic primaries on May 16, we're taking a fresh look at the candidates vying to become Philly’s 100th mayor.

  • You can learn about where they’ve lived, their favorite hometown athletes, how they feel about Philly’s tradition of parking spot saving, and more.

Of note: The winner of the Democratic primary will go up against Republican David Oh in the November election. Oh is running unopposed in the GOP primary this May.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect the current status of candidates.

Warren Bloom

Warren Bloom
Photo: Courtesy of the Warren Bloom campaign

Warren Bloom is a public adjuster and minister and runs his own small videography and photography business. He's a life-long Philadelphian and graduated from Overbrook High School.

Read his Q&A.

Amen Brown

Amen Brown
Photo: Courtesy of the Pennsylvania House Democratic Caucus

Amen Brown is a two-term state representative in the 10th District in West Philly.

Read his Q&A.

Jeff Brown

Jeff Brown
Photo: Courtesy of the Jeff Brown campaign

Jeff Brown is a fourth-generation grocer with a chain of ShopRite and Fresh Grocer stores in the region. He has never run for or served in political office.

Read his Q&A.

James DeLeon

James DeLeon
Photo: Courtesy of the James DeLeon campaign

James DeLeon is a lawyer. He previously served as a municipal court judge for more than 30 years.

Read his Q&A.

Allan Domb

Allan Domb
Photo: Courtesy of the Allan Domb campaign

Allan Domb is a real estate magnate and former at-large member of City Council, where he served for seven years before resigning to run for mayor.

Read his Q&A.

Delscia Gray

Delscia Gray
Photo: Courtesy of the Delscia Gray campaign

Delscia Gray is a protective services officer with Jefferson Health in East Norriton who has never run for public office.

Read her Q&A.

Derek Green

Derek Green
Photo: Courtesy of the Derek Green campaign

Editor’s note: Derek Green dropped out of the race on April 13.

Derek Green is a lawyer who served as an at-large member of City Council for seven years before resigning last year to run for mayor.

Read his Q&A.

Helen Gym

Helen Gym
Photo: Courtesy of the Helen Gym campaign

Helen Gym is served as an at-large member of City Council for seven years before resigning last year to run for mayor.

Read her Q&A.

Cherelle Parker

Cherelle Parker
Photo: Courtesy of the Cherelle Parker campaign

Cherelle Parker served as a member of City Council representing District 9 from 2016 through 2022 when she resigned to run for mayor.

Read her Q&A.

Maria Quiñones Sánchez

Maria Quiñones Sánchez
Photo: Courtesy of the Maria Quiñones Sánchez campaign

Editor’s note: Maria Quiñones Sánchez suspended her campaign for mayor on April 9.

Maria Quiñones Sánchez served as a member of City Council representing the 7th District for 15 years before resigning to run for mayor.

Read her Q&A.

Rebecca Rhynhart

Rebecca Rhynhart
Photo: Courtesy of the Rebecca Rhynhart campaign

Rebecca Rhynhart was elected twice as city controller, Philly’s independent fiscal watchdog.

Read her Q&A.

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