Here is important news leading up to Philadelphia's upcoming primary election from the non-partisan watchdog group, the Committee of Seventy:
Seventy is partnering on only three more events before the primary, beginning this evening with the campaign's biggest debate: a crowd of more than 1000 will be at the Temple Performing Arts Center, 5:30 to 7 pm. The event is hosted by The Next Mayor project, an election reporting collaboration based at philly.com. Registration is no longer open, but you can watch it LIVE online.
And next week, Seventy will return to Ladder 15 (1528 Sansom St) for ...
May 11 - Show Me the Money: 2015 Primary Campaign Spending
Panelists Tom Ferrick (Philly.com's The Next Mayor) and Holly Otterbein (Philly Mag's Citified) offer their insights on how campaign contributions are shaping the 2015 city elections. Seventy CEO David Thornburgh is the moderator for this How Philly Works LIVE event from 6 to 7:30 pm. It's free! REGISTER TODAY!
May 12 - Meet and Greet with Local Judicial Candidates
Join Seventy, the League of Women Voters, Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts and our event partners (Asian Pacific American Bar Association of PA, Barristers Association of Philadelphia, Hispanic Bar Association of PA and South Asian Bar Association of Philadelphia) to mingle with Philly trial court candidates just one week before Election Day. With more than 40 folks running for Common Pleas Court and 9 for Municipal Court, there are a lot of choices to consider! The event runs from 6 to 8 pm. It's FREE, too!
SEVENTY NEEDS YOUR HELP ON ELECTION DAY
VOLUNTEER to visit polling places in Districts 2 and 7, both with contested primary races in 2015. Seventy aims to deploy a limited number of field volunteers to answer voters' questions in those districts and help flag problems for the County Board of Elections and District Attorney's Office. Sign up to help voters on May 19!
And that's not all! Check out these three mayoral events ... and the kickoff of a weeklong voter-outreach project.
Tomorrow (May 5) - 6ABC Democratic Mayoral Debate
News anchor Jim Gardner is moderator for a debate at 6ABC's studios that'll be telecast live on Channel 6 from 7 to 8 pm, and streamed LIVE on 6abc.com and the WATCH ABC App. Tweet questions for the debate to #6abcAction or e-mail them to JoinTheAction@6abc.com.
May 7 - Vote for Homes Mayoral Debate
Democratic and Republican mayoral candidates focus on issues of poverty and homelessness at the Broad St. Ministry from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. The forum, sponsored by Project Home's Vote for Homes! Coalition, is FREE.
May 8 - Voter Education Week Begins
The nonprofit groups Influencing Action Movement and Unity in the Community are sponsoring a week's worth of town-hall meetings, candidate forums, neighborhood canvassing and other voter-outreach efforts aimed at increasing Philly's disturbingly low voter turnout. Voter Education Week begins with a kickoff press conference at 10 am in the City Hall Caucus Room.
May 11 - Globally Minded Leadership Mayoral Forum
Democratic candidates assess Philadelphia's international strengths and challenges, and how they affect the economy and jobs, trade and tourism, educating for a global world, immigration and maintaining Philadelphia as a world-class city. The event, from 12 to 2 pm at International House, is sponsored by the Global Philadelphia Association. It's FREE.
For more information about the 2015 election, visit seventy.org or call 1-855-SEVENTY (1-855-738-3689).