Democrat Rebecca Rhynhart is running for Philadelphia Controller to be the new, progressive voice our city needs.
"Nine years ago, 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.
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.” - Rebecca Rhynhart
Prior to stepping down to run for City Controller, Rebecca served as the Chief Administrative Officer under Mayor Kenney. The Chief Administrative Officer is a cabinet-level position reporting to the Mayor in charge of modernizing key areas of city government. In this role, Rhynhart was responsible for supervising eleven city departments and functions with close to 1000 employees. Her highest-profile accomplishment was modernizing city purchasing practices both to save money and to include more local and minority businesses, which are vital to the Philadelphia economy.
Prior to that, Rebecca served as City Treasurer and Budget Director under Mayor Nutter. Before joining the City in 2008, Rebecca worked in municipal finance and as a credit analyst. Rebecca received her Masters of Public Administration from Columbia University and her Bachelor of Arts from Middlebury College.