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.”