La candidata demócrata a la alcaldía de Filadelfia, Cherelle Parker, a la derecha, abraza al líder de Ward, Steven Jones, del distrito 52, quien hizo campaña por Parker, en la Iglesia Bautista Pinn Memorial el día de las elecciones, el martes 7 de noviembre de 2023, en Filadelfia. (Foto: AP/Jessica Griffin/The Philadelphia Inquirer))

In a historic turn of events, Cherelle Parker has been elected as the 100th Mayor of Philadelphia, becoming the city’s first Woman mayor. With a resounding victory, Parker has promised to transform the city into the safest, cleanest, and greenest big city in the nation. 
Cherelle Parker’s election as the 100th mayor of Philadelphia marks a significant milestone in the city’s history. As the first woman to hold this prestigious position, her victory symbolizes progress, inclusivity, and hope for the future. 

Parker’s journey to the mayoral seat was paved with hard work, determination, and an unwavering commitment to the people of Philadelphia. Born and raised in the heart of the city, she has always had a deep connection to the community. Her roots in Philadelphia run deep, and she has tirelessly dedicated her career to public service, understanding the needs and aspirations of her fellow citizens. Four things that she is committed to continue supporting are funding schools, helping working Philadelphians, supporting small businesses, and protecting victims of sexual assault. «I’m Philly-born, I’m Philly-bred, and I’ll be Philadelphian ‘til I’m dead.» On September 28, she visited North Philadelphia, including Kensington, to meet business owners and non-profit organizations to learn about their concerns, big needs, achievements, and how her administration could support them. 

Cherelle Parker, at Esperanza for the Philadelphia Decide: A Latino Community Conversation with both candidates that were running for Philadelphia City’s mayor. (Photo: Lili Daliessio)

During her campaign, Parker made it clear that her primary goal was to make Philadelphia the safest, cleanest, and greenest big city in the nation. Her vision for the city encompasses a multi-faceted approach to address the diverse challenges it faces. 

Democratic mayoral candidate Cherelle Parker approaches her polling place in the West Oak Lane neighborhood to cast her ballot in Philadelphia, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2023. (Photo: AP/Ryan Collerd)

Safety has been a top concern, and Parker has pledged to prioritize this issue. She has proposed a comprehensive plan to hire and improve law enforcement, hire a new police commissioner, and tackle gun violence head-on. Her focus on reducing crime and creating safer neighborhoods is a commitment to the well-being of the city’s residents. 

Democratic mayoral candidate Cherelle Parker speaks to the media with her high school English teacher Janette Jimenez by her side in Philadelphia, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2023. (Photo: AP/Ryan Collerd/)

One of Parker’s key strengths is her ability to bring people together. She has emphasized the importance of unity and collaboration to achieve her ambitious goals for the city. Recognizing the diversity of the population, she has sought to build bridges across different communities, understanding that inclusivity is essential to the city’s success. 

Cherelle Parker, Philadelphia City’s 100th mayor, celebrating her victory at the Sheet Metal Workers Local 19. (Photo: Rafael Alvarez Febo)

Parker’s historic election win was a result of not only her compelling vision but also her strong track record in public service. Prior to becoming mayor, she served as a City Council member, where she played a pivotal role in pushing for reforms and improvements in various areas of the city. Her experience and dedication have earned her the trust and support of many Philadelphians. 
Implementing her vision will require the support of the City Council, as well as the cooperation of city agencies and departments. Building consensus and ensuring that policies and projects align with her vision will be a complex task, but there is great hope she can do it. 

Cherelle Parker, listening to Yazmin Auli, who is the owner of El Coqui Panaderia y Reposteria, during her tour visiting business owners and nonprofit organizations in North Philadelphia on September 28, 2023. (Photo: Lili Daliessio)

Lili Daliessio is the Community Information Manager at Esperanza Housing and Economic Development.

Esta historia es parte de Every Voice, Every Vote, un proyecto colaborativo administrado por The Lenfest Institute for Journalism. El apoyo principal lo proporciona la Fundación William Penn con fondos adicionales del Instituto Lenfest, Peter y Judy Leone, la Fundación John S., James L. Knight, Harriet y Larry Weiss, y la Fundación Wyncote, entre otros. Para obtener más información sobre el proyecto y ver una lista completa de colaboradores, visite El contenido editorial se crea independientemente de los donantes del proyecto.


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