Election Center 2023 - Primary

🗳️ Election Day Guide

Polling places will be open on election day, May 16th, 2023, 7 AM - 8 PM. If you are in line by 8pm you are legally allowed to vote. Find your polling place here.

These candidates best represent our mission to make Philadelphia a more affordable, accessible, equitable, sustainable, and transit-friendly city for everyone.


  • City Council, at-Large
    • Rue Landau (# 63)
    • Eryn Santamoor (#71)
    • Katherine Gilmore Richardson (#75)
    • Job Itzkowitz (#77) 
    • Isaiah Thomas (#79)

  • City Council, Districts
    • Jamie Gauthier, District 3 (#80)
    • Quetcy Lozada, District 7 (#80)
    • Anthony Phillips, District 9 (#81)


What about the other races?  Check out this voter guide from the Inquirer or see this endorsement spreadsheet from PA Youth Vote.

📮 Mail Ballot Info

Your mail ballot must ARRIVE by election day, May 16th to be counted -- you can submit your ballot at any drop box by 8 PM on May 16th. Please don’t mail because they will not get to the Board of Elections in time.


  • Use the secrecy envelope
  • Sign and date the declaration outside the return envelope

Ballot Curing is Back! The City Commissioners released a list of folks who have not done one of the above. Here is a combined Google Sheet by ward/div. Please check to see if it's you or someone you know.

Still have you mail ballot and want to vote in person?

  • Bring your ballot and the pre-addressed outer return envelope to your polling place to be voided. You can then vote a regular ballot.

  • If you don't surrender your ballot and return envelope, you can vote by provisional ballot at your polling place.

Find Our Slate on Your Mail Ballot:


🗳️ Primary Ballot Guide


Read our Press Release to see why our steering committee recommends these Mayoral Candidates.



Read our Press Release to see why we endorse these City Council candidates.


📋 Questionnaire Responses

We asked candidates running for Mayor and City Council questions related to our 2023 Issue Platform, focusing on:

  • Roadway Safety
  • Public Space
  • Transportation & Transit
  • Housing & Land Use

Thank you to all of the candidates who took the time to complete our questionnaire. Candidate responses are listed below, alphabetical by last name, and are published upon receipt.

(✅ Endorsed & Recommended Candidates)


Mayor of Philadelphia

Jeff Brown (D)

• 5th Square Questionnaire

Allan Domb (D)

• 5th Square Questionnaire 
• Better Mobility Questionnaire

Derek S. Green (D)

5th Square Questionnaire
• Better Mobility Questionnaire 

✅ Helen Gym (D)

5th Square Questionnaire
• Better Mobility Questionnaire 

✅ Rebecca Rhynhart (D)

5th Square Questionnaire
• Better Mobility Questionnaire

Maria Quiñones Sánchez (D)

5th Square Questionnaire
• Better Mobility Questionnaire

Philadelphia City Council

(Incumbents marked with *)


Nina Ahmad (D)

Jalon Alexander (D)

Erika Almirón (D)

*Kendra Brooks (WFP)

✅ *Katherine Gilmore Richardson (D)

Ya Fav Trashman (Terrill Haigler) (D) (Candidacy Withdrawn 03/07)

✅ Job Itzkowitz (D)

John B. Kelly (D)

✅ Rue Landau (D)

Amanda McIllmurray (D)

Drew Murray (R)

Nicolas O’Rourke (WFP)

✅ Eryn Santamoor (D)

✅ *Isaiah Thomas (D)

Max Tuttleman (D)

Donavan West (D)

District 3 [MapIncumbent: Jamie Gauthier

✅ *Jamie Gauthier (D)

Jabari Jones (D)

District 7 [MapIncumbent: Quetcy Lozada

Andrés Celin (D)

✅ *Quetcy Lozada (D)

District 8 [MapIncumbent: Cindy Bass

Seth Anderson-Oberman

*Cindy Bass (D)

District 9 [MapIncumbent: Anthony Phillips

Janay Hawthorne (D)

✅ *Anthony Phillips (D)

Yvette Young (D)

District 10 [MapIncumbent: Brian O'Neill

Roman Zhukov (R)


🎤 Candidate Events

📅 Important Election Dates

05/ 1/2023 Last day to REGISTER before the primary
05/ 9/2023 Last day to apply for a mail-in or civilian absentee ballot
05/16/2023 Last day for County Boards of Elections to receive voted mail-in and civilian absentee ballots (8:00 PM)
05/18/2023 First day to REGISTER after primary
05/23/2023 Last day for County Board of Elections to receive voted military and overseas absentee ballots
10/23/2023 Last day to REGISTER before the November election
10/31/2023 Last day to apply for a mail-in or civilian absentee ballot
11/ 7/2023 Last day for County Boards of Elections to receive voted mail-in and civilian absentee ballots (8:00 PM)


📫 How to Vote By Mail

Any registered PA voter can request a mail-in ballot for any reason: either online (need PA ID) or by mail.

You can also register to vote or update your voting address online.


🗺️ Find Your District

Not sure which district you live in?

• Look up your elected officials using your home address

• Maps of Philadelphia City Council Districts


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