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Whom to vote for in the 2021 general election, according to The Inquirer Editorial Board

The 2021 general election is on Nov. 2.

But who’s running? And whom should you vote for?

The Inquirer’s Editorial Board, which operates independently from the newsroom, vetted candidates in key races across the state, including for Philly district attorney and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, to help you decide.

Each election cycle the board makes endorsements to help readers understand where candidates stand on issues and why its members think voters should support (or not support) a particular candidate. The board does its own reporting and hosts meetings with candidates. The board tries to cover as many races as it can, with an aim toward helping you make up your mind when you fill out your ballot.

Here are its choices for 2021.

How will Ben Simmons’ Sixers teammates welcome him back?

On Monday, Ben Simmons took a COVID-19 test in the Wells Fargo Center parking lot upon his return to Philadelphia after spending the summer in the Los Angeles area.

On Tuesday, the three-time All-Star point guard took the required physical for the Sixers. He also met with the team brass at the Sixers’ practice facility.

So, seemingly, he is taking steps to return to the court. But whether or not he will be suiting up as a 76er is still unsettled.

And even if he suits up, will his Sixers teammates welcome him back?

Read the latest update on the never-ending saga. And then read columnist Marcus Hayes’ column from yesterday. He nailed it.

What you need to know today

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🚗 In a town known for its aggressive parking-violation enforcement (there was even a TV show!), here’s a guide to parking for cheap or free in Philadelphia.

🏌️ The pandemic has reversed the declining popularity of golf. So there’s that.

🏒 The Wells Fargo Center has revamped the arena’s code of conduct to include a zero-tolerance policy for racial or other identity-based slurs, becoming the first in the NHL to do so.

Opinions

“In a system where one of the league’s most prominent leaders freely spouts hate, it’s clear that there are those in positions of power who don’t mind racism, homophobia, and misogyny,” writes columnist Solomon Jones, arguing that Jon Gruden’s departure from the Las Vegas Raiders means little when it comes to addressing the NFL’s tortured history.

  • Rebecca Poyourow, a committeeperson in the 21st Ward, wants a ballot drop box in every neighborhood in Philly. The city’s goal, she writes, should be encouraging voter participation, and making voters drive around the city or spend extra hours on the bus does the opposite.

  • While you’re here: Do you have an opinion of your own? Read up on how to submit your point of view to the opinion editors.

What we're reading

  • In the New Yorker, a look at our decade-thinking tendencies, and our need to compare various generations. Is it a helpful way to understand anything?

  • In the Washington Post, if the idea of being terrified in the woods sounds right up your alley, check out these eight terrifying (and allegedly haunted) American campsites.

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