According to Philadelphia’s Home Rule Charter, “executive and administrative power of the City, as it now exists, shall be exclusively vested in and exercised by a Mayor and such other officers, departments, boards and commissions as are designated and authorized in this charter.” The mayor, who appoints those officers, department heads and board and commission members, also presides over a $5.8 billion budget and more than 25,000 City employees. He or she must be at least 25 years old, a citizen of the U.S. and a three-year resident of Philadelphia. The mayor serves a four-year term and can be reelected once. Per city records, the mayor's salary is $240,000.
Learn more about the mayor's role in city finances, schools, public safety and land-use.
The top vote-getters from the Democratic and Republican primaries will be featured on the General Election ballot in November. Minor party candidates were eligible to submit nominating papers up through August 1 to be included on the ballot as well. Thus, the candidate list will not be exhaustive until after the nominating paper period is complete in early Fall.
C70 has invited each candidate to complete a five-part questionnaire to state their case to the voters. You can see those answers plus full bios of candidates and campaign contact information customizable to your personal ballot in our Interactive Voter Guide.