The Sheet Metal Union Workers building in South Philadelphia, was headquarters for Cherelle Parker on Election night. Hundreds of people filled the room in support of Parker, grabbing a bite to eat, grabbing a drink, and dancing the night away. Moments after the polls closed, it was announced that Parker officially won the mayoral election, making history.
Parker took the title of being the first woman, first black woman, and Philadelphia’s 100th mayor all in one night. People close to Parker like Sharif Street, senator for the 3rd District of Philadelphia, were excited when the news broke that Parker would be mayor. Street said, “One of my long-time friends is going to be the next mayor of Philadelphia.”
Some people feel Parker will be good for Philadelphia because of all of the hard work she has gone through to get to this point. Judge of Election, Marjorie Bolton, is one of these people, she said Parker “is a very positive authentic person and I know she’s going to be a wonderful mayor.”
In addition Street feels that with Parker as mayor she will “preserve the rights across the commonwealth particularly the women’s right to choose, affirmative action, LGBTQ rights” which have been up in the air in the US since the overturn of Roe V. Wade was overturned.
This being said, now that Parker has been elected, the work is only just starting for her and her team. Parker’s Senior Campaign Advisor, Aren Platt, said the team plans to “bring in policy experts to help craft the policy to help implement the campaign promises Cherelle Parker made.”
Finally, just before the night needed, Parker finally took the stage for her speech. She had almost everyone in the room chanting “One Philadelphia,” like Bolton who said “One Philadelphia with Cherelle Parker as our mayor.”
Parker will officially become the mayor of Philadelphia in January 2024.
For more information on the election both in Philadelphia and Nationally, check out Temple Update’s Election night coverage.