In the city controller’s race, voters also sought change, as Democrat Rebecca Rhynhart defeated Republican Mike Tomlinson. Prior to winning the general election Tuesday, Rhynhart, a political newcomer, upset three-time incumbent Alan Butkovitz in the May primary.
The city controller’s office has been held by Democratic insiders for years.
In her victory speech, Rhynhart signaled a change.
“This is just the beginning. We are going to lead a quiet and peaceful revolution in Philadelphia’s political establishment,” Rhynhart told a cheering crowd.
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