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.