STATEMENT FROM CONTROLLER-ELECT REBECCA RHYNHART ON SHERIFF’S OFFICE

 

“I continue to be deeply concerned about the operations of the Sheriff’s Office. The allegations of sexual harassment, its history of financial mismanagement, and the lack of transparency in how contracts are awarded warrant a much deeper review of the Office, its operations and spending. Taxpayers and city workers deserve much more and much better, which is why I intend to begin a detailed audit of the Sheriff’s Office next year.” 

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Controller-Elect Rebecca Rhynhart Announces Transition Team Leadership

Philadelphia, PA – Controller-elect Rebecca Rhynhart today announced the leadership of her transition team, which will oversee the transition process as Rebecca prepares to assume office in January. Kellan White, previously Rebecca’s general election campaign manager, will head the transition and manage its day-to-day operations. The transition team will be chaired by Heather Steinmiller, Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Conner Strong & Buckelew Companies, LLC, Brigitte Daniel, Executive Vice President of Wilco Electronics Systems, Inc and Richard Vague, Managing Partner of Gabriel Investments. The three chairs will provide guidance throughout the transition and will support White’s efforts to review the current functions and operations of the office, staff the office, plan the inauguration and further familiarize Rebecca and the transition team with current and ongoing projects of the Controller’s Office.

 

Rebecca’s transition website is now live at www.RebeccaForPhiladelphia.com.


“As the leadership of my transition team, Kellan, Heather, Brigitte and Richard will help me implement the promises I made on the campaign trail as well as help me put together the best team and institute the best practices for the Controller’s Office,” said Controller-elect Rebecca Rhynhart. “I’m thrilled to have their experience, wisdom and skills, and I look forward to working with them over the next couple months so we can begin the work of the Controller’s Office immediately in January.”

 
Kellan White most recently served as Campaign Manager for Rebecca Rhynhart’s successful general election campaign for City Controller and, prior, he was the Political Director for the Rhynhart campaign during the primary. In that role, he developed and executed the political strategy that led to an upset victory over a 12-year incumbent. White also served as the National Political Director for New Leaders Council, a leading program that trains progressive millennials to create start-ups and run for office. White continues to serve as the Director of the local New Leaders Council Chapter, a role he has held since 2012. Among White’s proudest accomplishments is the creation of the Pattison Leader Ball with his wife Nicole in 2012. The Pattison Leader Ball is an annual event and the first event of its kind in the region, celebrating young, politically-minded and civically-engaged Philadelphians. White was elected President of the Philadelphia Young Democrats in February 2017 and is a member of several boards including Leadership Philadelphia and the Mural Arts Advisory Committee. Also in 2017, White was named one of ‘10 People Under 40 to Watch’ by the Philadelphia Tribune and to City and State PA’s ‘40 under 40’.

 

Brigitte Daniel is the Executive Vice President of Wilco Electronics Systems, Inc., an African-American privately owned cable operation. For over 30 years, Wilco has specialized in providing affordable cable and technology services to low-income communities in Philadelphia. Daniel is an appointed member of the FCC’s Federal Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, a 2011 Eisenhower Fellow, and was recognized in 2016 as one of the “Top Women In Technology” according to the Philadelphia Business Journal. Over the last few years, Daniel has helped create several substantial private/public partnerships that provide innovative solutions to address the digital divide within communities in the United States, and, thus, position Wilco as a digital and broadband leader, specifically working on behalf of disadvantaged communities. Most recently, Daniel participated as a featured speaker at Philadelphia Magazine’s 2015 Think Fest and the 2015 TEDxPhiladelphia, where she addressed various tech issues that included digital equality, universal access, net neutrality, and innovative methods to diversify the Philadelphia technology sector. Daniel is committed to giving back to the community and spends a significant amount of time serving as a Trustee of the Philadelphia Free Library, a Board Director of the Philadelphia Theatre Company, and a Founding Board member of the Independence Charter School – West.

 

Heather Steinmiller is Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Conner Strong & Buckelew Companies, LLC, a role in which she oversees the company’s legal and regulatory compliance as well as assists clients with complex insurance claims to ensure they receive maximum possible coverage.  Prior to this role, Steinmiller was an in-house employment counsel for a publicly-traded company with assets worth over $49 billion and 15,000 employees. In that role, she provided daily advice on labor and employment matters and served as the company’s first and only in-house labor and employment counsel. Steinmiller began her career as a member of the Employment, Benefits, and Labor Practice Group of Blank Rome LLP. She currently serves as Vice Chair of the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority Board and on the Board of Directors of Bancroft. In addition, she is a member of the Forum for Executive Women, a member of the National Advisory Council of First Book and volunteers her time with the Support Center for Child Advocates, representing abused and neglected children. In 2013, The Support Center named her a Distinguished Advocate and, in 2006, the Pennsylvania Bar Association awarded Steinmiller the Annual Pro Bono Award for her exceptional contribution to improving civil legal aid in Pennsylvania. Steinmiller has a B.A. from St. Mary’s College and a J.D. from Villanova University.

 

Richard Vague is a Managing Partner of Gabriel Investments and the chair of The Governor’s Woods Foundation, a non-profit philanthropic organization.  Previously, he was co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Energy Plus, an electricity and natural gas supply company that was sold to NRG Energy in 2011. Vague was also co-founder and CEO of two credit card companies – First USA and Juniper Financial. Vague is a Trustee of the University of Pennsylvania and serves on the Penn Medicine Board, as well as a number of corporate boards. He is chair of FringeArts and the University of Pennsylvania Press and is also on the boards of the Franklin Institute, the Museum of the American Revolution, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and Visit Philadelphia. Vague has authored a number of articles on the economy that have appeared in the national press as well as The Next Financial Disaster, a book on financial crises.

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STATEMENT FROM REBECCA RHYNHART ON BECOMING CONTROLLER-ELECT

Rhynhart Makes History Becoming First Woman Elected to Serve as City Controller, Receives Highest Number of Votes of Any 2017 General Election Candidate

Philadelphia, PA – Last night, Rebecca Rhynhart made history, being elected the first female Controller of Philadelphia and defeating the Republican candidate 83% to 17%, a landslide victory of 66 percentage points. Rebecca received the highest number of votes of any candidate last night, with 158,502 Philadelphians voting in her favor.

The general election victory follows Rebecca’s primary win against the incumbent controller, winning the race in May by 17 percentage points without any support from the local political establishment.

Below is a statement from Rebecca Rhynhart on her victory:

“I am honored that Philadelphians went to the polls yesterday to elect me the next City Controller – and the first female controller, at that. Since announcing my candidacy nearly one year ago, I have traveled across the city, meeting with voters and hearing their concerns, and the overwhelming message to me was that Philadelphians want a government that works for them. That was the basis of my campaign, and I am committed to restoring trust in our government so that it better serves Philadelphians and provides them with the services they need. I will achieve this by auditing each city department every year, with a focus not only on rooting out fraud but on modernization and best practices to save millions of dollars to put towards the needs of our city. I want to take the tough stances to make government work better and look forward to tackling these big tasks to move our city forward.”

 

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AUDITOR GENERAL EUGENE DEPASQUALE ENDORSES REBECCA RHYNHART FOR CITY CONTROLLER OF PHILADELPHIA

 

 

Philadelphia, PA – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today endorsed Rebecca Rhynhart for Controller of the City of Philadelphia. This endorsement follows that of EMILY’s List and the Philadelphia Inquirerfor the General Election.

“I am thrilled to endorse Rebecca Rhynhart for Controller of the City of Philadelphia because she is beyond qualified for the position and I believe will help restore trust in government,” said Auditor General Eugene DePasquale. “I am a firm believer in the importance of transparency, efficiency and collaboration in government, pillars which have been central to Rebecca’s platform throughout her time on the campaign trial. I am confident she will fulfill these goals several times over as Philadelphia’s Controller, and I look forward to forging a stronger partnership between the auditing functions of the City and the Commonwealth as we work together to make government better for our citizens.”

“I am grateful to Auditor General DePasquale for his endorsement, particularly because his approach to government efficiency at the state level is one that I intend to echo in the city,” said Rebecca Rhynhart, Democratic nominee for Controller. “I believe that by being a better partner with the Auditor General's office, Philadelphians will see a positive change in how their government operates and will feel their taxpayer dollars are going towards a government that works. The Auditor General has sought to do this in his office, and I look forward to doing the same in mine while working together to find as many savings as possible in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania.”

Rebecca Rhynhart surprised the Philadelphia political establishment in May 2017 by winning the Democratic nomination for Controller of the City of Philadelphia with 58 percent of the vote. She is the most qualified candidate for City Controller in recent history. With 15 years of financial experience, she spent the last nine years working at the City of Philadelphia, first as City Treasurer and Budget Director and then as Mayor Kenney’s Chief Administrative Officer. She resigned from Mayor Kenney’s administration at the end of 2016 in order to run for Controller because she wants to have a greater impact on Philadelphians.

The General Election will take place on Tuesday, November 7th.

 

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EMILY’S LIST ENDORSES REBECCA RHYNHART FOR CITY CONTROLLER

Philadelphia, PA – EMILY’s List, the country’s largest resource for women in politics, today endorsed Rebecca Rhynhart for Controller of the City of Philadelphia. EMILY’s List was founded on the belief that that the most courageous decision a person can make in a democracy is to run for office, and the organization actively works to increase the number of women involved in every level of government.

 

“Rebecca's experiences as chief administrative officer, city treasurer, and budget director make her beyond qualified to be controller of Philadelphia. She has shown unwavering commitment to making city government work for all residents and businesses," said Geri Prado, senior director of state and local campaigns at EMILY's List. "EMILY's List is confident that she will be a positive force in Philadelphia, not just for women, but for all community members throughout the city.”

 

“I am very grateful to receive the endorsement of EMILY’s List, an organization that embodies the same spirit and drive I believe are needed in city government,” said Rebecca Rhynhart, Democratic nominee for City Controller. “We need more women in public office, and EMILY’S List has been a key supporter of female candidates across the country – I am thrilled to be one of them.”

 

Rebecca Rhynhart surprised the Philadelphia political establishment in May 2016 by winning the Democratic nomination for Controller of the City of Philadelphia with 58 percent of the vote. She is the most qualified candidate for City Controller in recent history. With 15 years of financial experience, she spent the last nine years working at the City of Philadelphia, first as City Treasurer and Budget Director and then as Mayor Kenney’s Chief Administrative Officer. She resigned from Mayor Kenney’s administration at the end of 2016 in order to run for Controller because she wants to have a greater impact on Philadelphians.

 

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STATEMENT FROM REBECCA RHYNHART ON BECOMING DEMOCRATIC NOMINEE FOR CITY CONTROLLER

“I am so grateful to my supporters for their commitment to my campaign over the last few months, and am honored to now be the Democratic nominee for City Controller. Our message was centered around making city government work better for Philadelphians through efficiency, transparency and collaboration, while providing a vision for the future of Philadelphia. I am humbled that this message resonated with voters so strongly.

 

I'd like to express my gratitude to Alan Butkovitz for his gracious call last night and, more importantly, for his record of public service. 

 

My campaign is already looking ahead to the general election, and I look forward to working together to move the city forward.”

 

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AND THE ENDORSEMENTS KEEP ON COMING… IATSE LOCAL 8 ENDORSES REBECCA RHYNHART FOR CITY CONTROLLER

Philadelphia, PA – The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local No. 8 today announced their endorsement of Rebecca Rhynhart for City Controller. This endorsement follows that of the Philadelphia Inquirer/Philadelphia Daily News,Governor Ed Rendell, the Black Clergy of Philadelphia & Vicinity, the Laborers’ District Council of Philadelphia,  NOW andMillennials in Action.

 

Michael Barnes, First International President of IATSE Local 8, said. “We are thrilled to endorse Rebecca Rhynhart for City Controller because she is committed to making this city a better place in which to work. Her experience makes her well-qualified for the controller position and her leadership will help increase opportunities for our members as well as for all working Philadelphians. She is what we need to make city government work the way it is supposed to. We encourage our members and all Philadelphians to vote for Rebecca on May 16th.”

 

Rebecca said, “I am thrilled to have the endorsement of IATSE Local 8. The work of their members is critical to attracting important, high profile events to Philadelphia, and, time and again, they make us proud. I am grateful for all they do – and particularly for their support for my campaign.”

 

Rebecca Rhynhart is the most qualified candidate for City Controller in recent history. With 15 years of financial experience, she spent the last nine years working at the City of Philadelphia, first as City Treasurer and Budget Director and then as Mayor Kenney’s Chief Administrative Officer. In her first run for office, Rebecca is the candidate with the independence and qualifications to restore trust, seeking to ensure government works on behalf of all Philadelphians. She is challenging the incumbent controller, Alan Butkovitz, believing that Philadelphians deserve more from their City Controller.

 

The Philadelphia primary will take place this Tuesday, May 16th, 2017.

 

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BLACK CLERGY OF PHILADELPHIA & VICINITY ENDORSES REBECCA RHYNHART FOR CONTROLLER

Philadelphia, PA – The Black Clergy of Philadelphia and Vicinity today announced that they are endorsing Rebecca Rhynhart for Controller of Philadelphia.

 

Rev. Jay Broadnax, President of the Black Clergy said, “The Black Clergy sees a need for change in a city that has one of the highest poverty rates in our nation. We believe there are efficiencies that could be found that would provide needed funding for education and service and that a fresh and progressive perspective is needed in order to identify those efficiencies. Therefore, the Black Clergy is putting its support behind Rebecca Rhynhart in the race for Controller. Ms. Rhynhart is extremely qualified for the job and has what it takes to aggressively implement progressive change.”

 

Rebecca said, “I am honored to have the support of the Black Clergy, a critical organization to Philadelphia and so many of our communities across the city. Their support is very important to me and my campaign. I look forward to working with the organization more as Controller next year.”

 

Rebecca Rhynhart is the most qualified candidate for City Controller in recent history. With 15 years of financial experience, she spent the last nine years working at the City of Philadelphia, first as City Treasurer and Budget Director and then as Mayor Kenney’s Chief Administrative Officer. In her first run for office, Rebecca is the candidate with the independence and qualifications to restore trust, seeking to ensure government works on behalf of all Philadelphians. She is challenging the incumbent controller, Alan Butkovitz, believing that Philadelphians deserve more from their City Controller.

 

Rebecca has been endorsed by the Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News, Governor Ed Rendell, the Laborers’ District Council of Philadelphia and NOW.

 

The Philadelphia primary will take place this Tuesday, May 16th, 2017.

 

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MILLENIALS IN ACTION ENDORSES REBECCA RHYNHART FOR CITY CONTROLLER

Philadelphia, PA – Millenials in Action today endorsed Rebecca Rhynhart for City Controller. Millenials in Action is a local organization dedicated to increasing voter turnout among millennials – individuals ages 18-35 –, fostering a culture of civic engagement and community service, and influencing local elections through political fundraising and grassroots organizing.

Abu Edwards, Chairman of Millennials in Action, said, “We are proud to endorse Rebecca Rhynhart for Philadelphia's City Controller. The Controller is the fiscal watchdog of our local government and is responsible for making sure government dollars are spent appropriately as well as for auditing city agencies to make sure taxpayer dollars are not being mishandled. Rebecca's desire to modernize and streamline government will save millions of dollars that can be re-allocated towards the services we need. She is the person to help move Philadelphia forward, and for that reason we encourage all Philadelphians to get out to the polls on May 16th and select number 61 on the ballot to cast their votes for Rebecca Rhynhart."

Rebecca said, “One of the reasons I am running for City Controller is because I have a vision for the future of Philadelphia, and I want to make sure our city is moving forward and ready for the next generation of leaders. Millenials in Action embraces the importance of the millennial vote, understanding that the demographic is key to the future of our city. I appreciate all the organization does to excite millennials about the democratic process and remind them of their ability to affect change by voting, and I am extremely grateful for their endorsement.”

Rebecca Rhynhart is the most qualified candidate for City Controller in recent history. With 15 years of financial experience, she spent the last nine years working at the City of Philadelphia, first as City Treasurer and Budget Director and then as Mayor Kenney’s Chief Administrative Officer. In her first run for office, Rebecca is the candidate with the independence and qualifications to restore trust, seeking to ensure government works on behalf of all Philadelphians. She is challenging the incumbent controller, Alan Butkovitz, believing that Philadelphians deserve more from their City Controller.

Rebecca has been endorsed by the Philadelphia InquirerGovernor Ed Rendell, the Laborers’ District Council of Philadelphia and NOW.

The Philadelphia primary will take place on May 16th, 2017.

 

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Laborers' District Council of Philadelphia Endorses Rebecca Rhynhart for City Controller

Says She is Exactly the Kind of Leader Philadelphians Need

 

Philadelphia, PA – The Laborers’ District Council of the Metropolitan Area of Philadelphia and Vicinity today announced its endorsement of Rebecca Rhynhart for Controller of the City of Philadelphia. This endorsement follows those of Governor Ed Rendell yesterday and the National Organization for Women last week.

 

Samuel Staten, Jr., Business Manager of the Laborers’ International Union of North America, Local 332, said, “Our members must feel assured that their taxpayer dollars are being used to support our communities and the hard-working men and women who keep our city running every day. For the last twelve years, that has not been the case and, time and again, the oversight over important government functions has fallen short, thanks to the establishment’s focus on helping their friends and patrons rather than on helping the city move forward. Rebecca Rhynhart is different. She understands the importance of a government that supports the working class and she wants to work on their behalf. She is committed to working together to root out waste and dysfunction, which is exactly the kind of leader we need. We are proud to endorse her for Controller of the City of Philadelphia.”

 

Ryan N. Boyer, Business Manager of the Laborers’ District Council, said, "The men and women of Laborers’ District Council work every day to rebuild Philadelphia's infrastructure. Our members deserve a City Controller who will work with our leaders to save money and root out corruption to uncover funds that can be used to invest in new projects to improve and upgrade our roads, bridges and tunnels. Rebecca Rhynhart will be the Controller we need to move this city forward, and we are proud to support her candidacy in the May 16th primary."

 

Rebecca said, “I am thrilled to have the endorsement of the Laborers’ District Council, a vital organization that provides important services to our communities. I am running to ensure our workers -- and all Philadelphians -- feel that their government is working for them and that the city is moving in the right direction. I look forward to a strong partnership with this organization and thank them for their support.”

 

Rebecca Rhynhart is the most qualified candidate for City Controller in recent history. With 15 years of financial experience, she spent the last nine years working at the City of Philadelphia, first as City Treasurer and Budget Director and then as Mayor Kenney’s Chief Administrative Officer. In her first run for office, Rebecca is the candidate with the independence and qualifications to restore trust, seeking to ensure government works on behalf of all Philadelphians. She is challenging the incumbent controller, Alan Butkovitz, believing that Philadelphians deserves more from their City Controller.

 

The Philadelphia primary will be held on May 16, 2017.

 

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Governor Ed Rendell Endorses Rebecca Rhynhart for City Controller

Photos from the event can be accessed here.

Philadelphia, PA – Former Governor Ed Rendell today endorsed Rebecca Rhynhart for City Controller. This endorsement follows the endorsement of the National Organization for Women last Friday.

Governor Rendell said, “Today I am endorsing Rebecca Rhynhart for City Controller because not only is she extraordinarily qualified for the job, but she also represents the change the City of Philadelphia needs. The incumbent, Alan Butkovitz, has been in office for 12 years, far too long. The Mayor is term-limited to two terms, and a fourth term for Alan would clearly not benefit the citizens of Philadelphia. We need an aggressive controller who will act as an independent auditor of all aspects of the city’s finances to achieve savings of potentially millions of dollars in waste and unfound dollars that could be going towards important city services, support the School District or back into taxpayers’ pockets.

“Rebecca represents the breath of fresh air we need. She will help reinvigorate and bring trust back to city government. And her strong financial background – in the banking industry, as City Treasurer and then Budget Director under Mayor Nutter and as Chief Administrative Officer under Mayor Kenney – provide her with the skillset and experience necessary to do this job right. She is also fiercely independent and is ready and willing to act as a watchdog over the financial management of all aspects of the city, something we have been sorely missing for the last 12 years.

“Her smarts, her experience, her independence and her willingness to take on the challenges that have gone overlooked for too long make her the best person for the job. This is a great opportunity for Democrats to take back their party and elect a competent, independent leader who will keep the city moving forward, and so I am happy to endorse Rebecca Rhynhart for City Controller.”

Rebecca said, “It is an honor to receive the endorsement of Governor Rendell, a great leader and longtime champion of Philadelphia and Philadelphians. Embarking on my first run for office, I want to continue his legacy and vision for the future of Philadelphia. His support means a great deal to me and I am grateful for his confidence and for his vote.”

Rebecca Rhynhart is the most qualified candidate for City Controller in recent history. With 15 years of financial experience, she spent the last nine years working at the City of Philadelphia, first as City Treasurer and Budget Director and then as Mayor Kenney’s Chief Administrative Officer. In her first run for office, Rebecca is the candidate with the independence and qualifications to restore trust, seeking to ensure government works on behalf of all Philadelphians. She is challenging the incumbent controller, Alan Butkovitz, believing that Philadelphians deserves more from their City Controller.

The Philadelphia primary will be held on May 16, 2017.

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City Controller Candidate Rebecca Rhynhart and Incumbent Alan Butkovitz Agree to Participate in Two Debates Leading up to Primary Election

Rebecca Reminds Voters that Today is the Last Day to Register to Vote in the Democratic Primary

Philadelphia, PA – Rebecca Rhynhart, Democratic candidate for City Controller, and Alan Butkovitz, Democratic incumbent, have agreed to participate in two debates in the weeks leading up to the Democratic Primary, which will take place on Tuesday, May 16th.

The first debate will be hosted by the Chestnut Hill Local and will take place on Thursday, April 27th, 7-8:30 pm, at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia. This debate will be moderated by Holly Otterbein of Philadelphia Magazine and Pete Mazzaccaro, editor of the Chestnut Hill Local.

The second debate will be co-hosted by The Philadelphia Citizen and the Committee of Seventy,  and will take place on Tuesday, May 9th,6-7:30 pm, at Industrious Philadelphia in Center City, Philadelphia. This debate will be moderated by former Inquirer editor and WHYYNewsworks vice president Chris Satullo and is co-sponsored by the Crosstown CoalitionPhiladelphia 3.0 and the League of Women Voters of Philadelphia. It will be streamed live on Facebook.

“I look forward to talking about the issues affecting the city and discussing my vision for the future of Philadelphia,” said Rebecca Rhynhart, Democratic candidate for City Controller. “I am running to be an independent voice in city government and do more to eliminate wasteful spending, improve efficiency and ensure taxpayer dollars are being appropriately allocated towards needed city services. I hope these debates will remind Philadelphians of the importance of the role of the city controller and encourage them to go to the polls to vote in the Democratic Primary on May 16th.”

Today is also the last day to register to vote in the May 16th Democratic Primary. Individuals who have not yet registered may do so here.

Rebecca Rhynhart is the most qualified candidate for City Controller in recent history. With 15 years of financial experience, she spent the last nine years working at the City of Philadelphia, first as City Treasurer and Budget Director and then as Mayor Kenney’s Chief Administrative Officer. In her first run for office, Rebecca is the candidate with the independence and qualifications to restore trust, seeking to ensure government works on behalf of all Philadelphians. She is challenging the incumbent controller, Alan Butkovitz, believing that Philadelphians deserves more from their City Controller.

 

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National Organization for Women Endorses Rebecca Rhynhart for City Controller

Philadelphia, PA – The Philadelphia Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) today endorsed Rebecca Rhynhart for City Controller in this year’s Primary Election.

Malcolm Kenyatta, President of NOW’s Education Fund, said, “Many people overlook the very important role of the City Controller….but NOW is very excited that such a well-qualified woman as Rebecca is running for the job. At a time when everyone is concerned with reforming our government and ensuring that money is being well spent and used in making Philadelphians' lives better, Rebecca is the obvious choice."

Rebecca said, “Running to be the first female Controller of Philadelphia, it is a great honor to receive the endorsement of NOW, an organization whose mission reflects the progressive values I represent. Now more than ever, it’s time to bring fresh energy into Philadelphia politics and the Democratic Party, and I believe I am the independent voice all Philadelphians deserve to lead us. I cannot thank NOW enough for their support and look forward to working with them into the future.”

Rebecca Rhynhart is the most qualified candidate for City Controller in recent history. With 15 years of financial experience, she spent the last nine years working at the City of Philadelphia, first as City Treasurer and Budget Director and then as Mayor Kenney’s Chief Administrative Officer. In her first run for office, Rebecca is the candidate with the independence and qualifications to restore trust, seeking to ensure government works on behalf of all Philadelphians. She is challenging the incumbent controller, Alan Butkovitz, believing that Philadelphia deserves more, and she intends to be the independent voice the city needs.

The Philadelphia primary will be held on May 16, 2017.

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Rhynhart asks "Where's Alan?"

City Controller Butkovitz Hasn’t Audited Parking Authority Since 2009

Philadelphia, PA - Democrat Rebecca Rhynhart, -- who recently resigned as Mayor Kenney’s Chief Administrative Officer to run for Philadelphia City Controller -- today criticized 12-year incumbent Controller Alan Butkovitz for not performing audits of the controversial Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA).

Rhynhart revealed that Butkovitz last released a review of the PPA in 2009. Not only was that review short of a full performance audit, but the Controller’s office has not audited the PPA since, despite ample evidence of overspending and troubling practices at the agency. (“The long-awaited 37-page report offers only a limited examination of the state run agency. It is not a performance audit, nor is it the “desk audit” Gov. Rendell called for in 2007 following news accounts that documented overspending and rapid payroll growth at the Parking Authority" Philadelphia Inquirer, 7/28/09)

Rhynhart remarked, “We’ve all read about the bonus payouts, comp-time abuses, no-bid contracts and healthcare scams at the Parking Authority. Why has our City Controller not done more to highlight these problems and try to actually change the dysfunctional culture there? He released a review in 2009 that wasn’t even a full audit, got a quick headline, and has dodged the issue since. Where was the follow-up?”

Rhynhart continued, “Look, I understand that for someone like Alan Butkovitz, who has been running for office since 1990, there are powerful interests at the Parking Authority who he doesn’t want to offend because he’s all about staying in office. But the consequence of Butkovitz ignoring the problems at the PPA is that our public schools in Philadelphia have been shortchanged. As the mother of a daughter in the public schools, I’m disappointed....and it highlights why, after 12 years in office, we need change in the City Controller’s office.”

Controversial decisions by former PPA executives and the PPA Board have raised serious questions about the management culture at PPA. Recent news stories outlining extravagant executive benefits and questionable contracting underscore the need for regular, independent auditing of the authority.

“I believe that PPA must be held to account by an independent, professional entity on an annual basis. And that oversight must be at the local level, done by Philadelphians for the benefit of all Philadelphians. And I pledge that if elected, I will do everything in my power to hold PPA accountable.”

Democrat Rebecca Rhynhart Announces Candidacy for Philadelphia City Controller

Putting Results Above Politics

Philadelphia, PA - Democrat Rebecca Rhynhart officially announced her candidacy today to serve as Philadelphia's next City Controller. Rhynhart, who will be challenging longtime incumbent City Controller Alan Butkovitz, enters the campaign with a strong knowledge of Philadelphia’s budget and finances. Rhynhart earned a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University and was Managing Director at a prominent investment firm before coming to Philadelphia to help run the city. She served as City Treasurer and Budget Director under Mayor Nutter and most recently as the Chief Administrative Officer under Mayor Kenney.

As Mayor Kenney's Chief Administrative Officer, Rhynhart served in the Mayor’s cabinet and was responsible for supervising eleven city departments and functions with close to 1000 employees. Her highest-profile accomplishment as Chief Administrative Officer has been modernizing city purchasing practices both to save money and to include more local and minority businesses, which are vital to the Philadelphia economy. As Budget Director, she oversaw the city’s budget to lead the city to its highest credit rating in 30 years in 2013.

"Nine years ago,” said Rhynhart, “I left my private sector job in financial services to have the opportunity to serve in the public sector. At that time, I didn’t imagine I would ever run for office but it’s clear that we deserve more from our City Controller. My experiences in the financial services industry along with managing the city budget gives me the skills to ensure that every resident’s tax dollars are well spent. I’m a passionate progressive who believes that modernizing government frees up money to invest in upgrading the services our residents deserve.

Rhynhart continued, "I will bring a fresh perspective and accountability to this office. Alan Butkovitz has been running for office for 26 years and he's all about politics -- no wonder he thinks governing is about splashy news conferences instead of progress and results. After three terms as Controller, he has plenty of headlines, but few substantive accomplishments. I have the financial experience to make our government more efficient and I'll put getting results ahead of politics and publicity.”

Rhynhart lives with her fiancé David and 6-year old daughter Julia, who is a first grader in public school in Philadelphia. If elected, she would be the first woman to serve as City Controller. The Democratic primary is May 16, 2017.