Kahlil Williams Endorsed by Former Philadelphia Mayor and Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell

Philadelphia, Thursday, May 9, 2019—Kahlil Williams, Democratic Candidate for City Commissioner was endorsed on Thursday by Former Philadelphia Mayor and Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell.

“In all my years serving in city and state government and campaigning for office, I have come across few people as impressive as Kahlil Williams,” said Rendell, who has served as honorary chair of the Williams campaign since January. “From his distinguished legal career, to his voting rights advocacy and his vision for expanding the role of the office, Kahlil Williams is likely the most qualified candidate to have ever run for Philadelphia City Commissioner, and I am proud to support him.”

In the past three years, Governor Rendell has endorsed candidates who shocked the political establishment with improbable wins. Philadelphia City Controller Rebecca Rhynhart, State Representative Malcolm Kenyatta, and Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon. Rendell’s endorsement of Kahlil comes in the homestretch of the campaign, following endorsements from the 1st, 2nd, 5th, 8th, 9th, 18th, 27th, and 30th Democratic ward committees, One Pennsylvania, Neighborhood Networks, Penn Dems, Liberty City Democratic Club, Philly Set Go, Ascend PAC, The Collective PAC, and State Representative Chris Rabb (D-PA-200).

Kahlil Williams said, “I have long looked up to Ed Rendell. Throughout my career, I’ve tried to model his approach to politics that no job is too small, and every person matters, which is abundantly true with respect to the City Commissioner’s office and the right to vote. I am incredibly grateful for his support.”

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Kahlil Williams Endorsed by The Collective PAC

Philadelphia, Tuesday, May 7, 2019—Kahlil Williams, Democratic Candidate for City Commissioner was endorsed on Tuesday by The Collective PAC. Since its inception in 2016, The Collective has become the nation’s largest and most effective consortium of organizations working to increase the political representation of the Black community on the local, state and federal level.

“In a majority-minority City, it is imperative that our elected officials reflect the people they represent,” said Kahlil Williams, 40, of Fairmount. “That’s why it’s no surprise that national progressive organizations like The Collective PAC are interested in how Philadelphia administers its elections. I am incredibly grateful for The Collective PAC’s support.”

The Collective PAC has endorsed an impressive array of African-American candidates across the United States. Included are Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Carolyn Nichols, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-7), Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (MN-05), United States Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA), Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14), New York Attorney General Tish James, and Congressman Antonio Delgado (NY-19).

The Collective co-founders Quentin James and Stefanie Brown James said, “Kahlil Williams is a champion of voting rights and electoral participation for everyone. Kahlil’s work on reauthorizing the Voting Rights Act, his work on redistricting reform, and re-enfranchisement of people with felony convictions, along with his vision for advocacy on these issues and more make him the ideal candidate for Philadelphia City Commissioner.”

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Kahlil WIlliams Endorsed by Ascend PAC

Philadelphia, Tuesday, April 23, 2019—Kahlil Williams, Democratic Candidate for City Commissioner was endorsed on Tuesday by Ascend PAC. Ascend PAC is a political action committee aimed at identifying and providing support to emerging Democratic candidates running for local office.

“At a time when our democracy is fragile, the integrity of our elections matters more than ever,” said Kahlil Williams, 40, of Fairmount. “That’s why it’s no surprise that national progressive organizations like Ascend PAC are concerned with how elections are administered in a big city like Philadelphia, and in a swing state like Pennsylvania. I am grateful for Ascend’s support and look forward to continuing to work with them to elect progressives at the local level.”

Ascend PAC Managing Director Hannah Beck said, “Kahlil Williams is a champion of voting rights and electoral participation. In addition to his clear qualifications, he stood out to the committee for his thoughtfulness, engaging style, and determination to take this office and its important work to the next level. We’re thrilled to stand with Kahlil.”

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Kahlil Issues Statement On PA Auditor General Probe Of New Voting Machines

Philadelphia, Monday, February 11, 2019—Kahlil Williams, Democratic Candidate for City Commissioner on Monday issued a statement regarding Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale’s announcement that his office was opening a probe into Philadelphia’s selection of new voting machines.

“One month ago, I attended the City Commissioners' meeting requesting public comment on new voting machines. The Commissioners had previously made no public statement that the City intended to purchase new voting machines, so the announcement of the meeting was the first real notification to the public.

“Despite the short notice, concerned citizens attended, listened, and gave incredibly insightful comments. Those comments were made more impressive by the fact that Philadelphians had zero visibility into the Request for Proposal (RFP) process, and the RFP itself was difficult to locate. This closed-door approach to election integrity is unacceptable, and it's something I'll work to address on day one as City Commissioner.

“Anyone who wanted to comment was required to go out and study the vast array of options, then make educated guesses as to which system would be preferable. This would be a bit like offering public commentary on Gritty's dietary regimen--sure, we want what's best for them, but we have no idea what the options are, nor do we know what impact those options might have.

“So I asked for three simple things: 1) Make the RFP more accessible by posting it on their own website; 2) Make the transcripts from the hearings available online for free or provide recordings; and 3) Explain the Office's rationale for choosing to roll out new voting machines in 2019 and when that decision was made and announced to the public.

“The Commissioners publicly declined my invitation to explain their decision to roll out these machines on an expedited schedule.

“As of today, the Commissioners have not posted the RFP on their website nor made transcripts of the public comment sessions available.

“I'm grateful for Auditor General DePasquale's probe, which sheds more light on this flawed process, and I'm hopeful that it encourages the City to pause, regroup, and develop a process that is transparent, responsive, and demands accountability from our leaders.”

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