For the last two years I've toured Philadelphia, spoken with residents, analyzed the issues, and worked toward making Philadelphia, as described by National Geographic, the "next great city." I've consistently spoken about the need to curb pay-to-play politics, which I believe are draining necessary resources from hiring new police, producing more affordable housing, and improving schools. Philadelphians believe, as I do, that we must change the political culture in City Hall in order to move Philadelphia forward.
I've financed my own campaign to demonstrate that, as mayor, I won't be beholden to special interests or the political machine, which has responded with negative attacks and dirty tactics. I'll have the independence to make tough decisions and drive the legislative process to fix the problems that face Philadelphia. Most important, I have the needed experience in hiring top-flight employees to ensure that City Hall is run by men and women with character, ethics, integrity, and a willingness to hold themselves and those around them accountable.