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Action United endorses two Council incumbents, three challengers

Action United announced it is endorsing incumbent City Council members, Wilson Goode Jr., and William Greenlee and challengers, Isaiah Thomas, Sherrie Cohen and Helen Gym in the council at-large race

Action United, a citywide community activist organization, announced the candidates it will endorse in the City Council at-large race.

The group, which advocates for the interests of low and moderate-income families in Philadelphia, will endorse incumbents Wilson Goode Jr., William K. Greenlee, and challengers, attorney Sherrie Cohen, associate charter school dean, Isaiah Thomas and education activist, Helen Gym.

In a news release Action United said they selected the mix of new and old candidates based on answers to questionnaires about public education, poverty, jobs and police accountability. The release said the candidates supported a police citizens review board, community policing, a higher minimum wage, and local control of the school board, among other issues.

More than a dozen Democrats are running for five at-large seats, one of which was vacated by former Councilman Jim Kenney, who is running for mayor.

Two Republican seats are also open in the May 19 primary.

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