Jan 2, 2024 - News

Cherelle Parker to be sworn in as Philadelphia's first female mayor

Photo illustration of Cherelle Parker with lines radiating from her.

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Cherelle Parker will be sworn in Tuesday as Philadelphia's 100th mayor.

Why it matters: Parker, a Democrat, will become the city's first female chief executive as it faces a slew of challenges including high levels of gun violence and poverty.

Driving the news: The inauguration kicks off at 10am at The Met Philadelphia, where the 17-member City Council, sheriff, judges and other officials also will be sworn in.

  • Plus: Councilmember Kenyatta Johnson is expected to be elected the new council president by his peers.

What she's saying: Parker tells Axios that her top priority upon entering office is the health and wellness of city residents.

Context: A moderate and political insider from Northwest Philly, Parker turned calls for tough-on-crime policies and strong ties to the building trades into a win during last year's Democratic primary and general election.

  • Parker highlighted on the campaign trail her humble beginnings, noting she was born to a single teenage mother and raised by her grandmother who collected welfare.

Between the lines: A former city councilmember and 10-year veteran of the state house, Parker is a meticulous planner whom some have previously criticized as a micromanager of development issues at the neighborhood level.

The intrigue: During the campaign, Parker called for hiring more police, year-round public education and potentially deploying the National Guard to shut down Kensington's open-air drug markets.

Zoom in: Parker has been filling out her leadership team ahead of her inauguration.

What to watch: Whether Parker unveils any new big-ticket policy proposals during her inauguration speech.

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