First and foremost, Pennsylvania is a closed primary state. What does that mean? What we need to understand right at the top is that Democrats essentially pick the next mayor because we have a very skewed ratio in our city. It's about 80 to 20 Democrat Republicans. So whoever wins on May 16th, Tuesday, May 16th that will be the de facto winner. And there's a formality of a general election in November, and then an inauguration in January, 2024.
So we have this very long period as advocates, a full year from January, 2023 to January, 2024, to build these relationships and make an impact on, , the priorities of the next mayor to build relationships and get our vision in front of every candidate that wants to be the next leader of the city.
Another thing to understand is that, Not that many people vote in these elections.
We live in a city of 1.5 million people, but when Jim Kenny defeated State Senator Anthony Williams in , 2015, only about 243,000 people voted. So that's literally 15% of the city's population is choosing who the next mayor is.
So that's both a challenge and an opportunity. If we have a thousand people making noise about an issue, we can have a really outsized impact.
A big universe votes a smaller universe, volunteers, and even smaller universe donates an even smaller universe is knocking on the door to talk to them about specific issues like every month from now until January, 2024. So that's the sort of scale, of opportunity that we have.
In addition, in Philadelphia, major voting factors are race and education level, and also celebrity.
We saw it with Obama initially. He was just such a political star that came out of nowhere. He didn't work his way up through the Democratic party. He just seized upon his mediagenic skills and his celebrity power. And he became a president after only a single term, not even a full term as a, as senator, I believe.
And then we see the flip side of that with Trump. He was also a celebrity and we see that all over the place. So celebrity and emotion is a huge part of our elections. Like it or not,
Here in Philadelphia 55% of our voters are Black voters.