Rebecca Rhynhart, government insider and political novice, wins City Controller race

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Rebecca Rhynhart, a top appointed official in two mayoral administrations with no previous experience as a political candidate, won election as city controller Tuesday, giving her a powerful platform to influence Philadelphia’s fiscal management.

Rhynhart, a Democrat, was leading Republican Mike Tomlinson by a better than 4-1 ratio when the Associated Press called her the winner at about 9:15 p.m.

“This is just the beginning. We are going to lead a quiet and peaceful revolution in Philadelphia’s political establishment,”  Rhynhart told cheering supporters in a back room of the Continental Midtown Restaurant.

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