After squaring off in two previous debates, mayoral candidates Jim Kenney (D) and Melissa Murray Bailey (R) will go head to head on Monday night at Temple’s Performing Arts Center.
This debate will specifically focus on business and economic development.
According to her campaign website, Bailey is currently the President of the Americas team of Universum, and her plan for Philadelphia’s economic growth includes comprehensive tax reform a focus on family sustaining wage job creation, and matching supply with demand. Bailey also plans to focus on the growth of small businesses by “collaborating federal and state governments, private companies, and nonprofits to create innovative programs that will increase investment in undeserved communities.” She’s trying to be the first Republican to serve as mayor since 1952, when Bernard Samuels left office.
Kenney’s economic plan is based on the protection of workers and their wages, continuing the work he began as councilman with the 21st Century minimum wage ordinance according to his campaign site. His plan is divided into subcategories, such as the development of economically Philadelphia communities and the development of an inclusive and fair economy. Kenney also hopes to “grow a more diverse economy, cultivate more opportunities for immigrants, and to capitalize on the many assets Philadelphia already has to offer.”
The event tonight is open to the public free of charge, however reservations must be made to attend. You can make these reservations here. There is also the opportunity for the audience to get involved with the debate, buy submitting questions using the hashtag #NextMayorPHL on Twitter. TUTV will be broadcasting the debate live at 7:30, and you can watch anywhere at by clicking here. Elections will be held November 5.
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