Who’s running for mayor of Philadelphia in 2023? David Oh candidate profile

David Oh, the only Republican in Philadelphia’s mayoral campaign, served three terms on the city council fighting for corporate tax breaks, accountability for city officials, and stronger law enforcement.

Oh, the first Asian American to serve on the city council, he was elected to a full seat in 2011 after two unsuccessful elections. Before his career in politics, Oh was an assistant district attorney in Philly and a second lieutenant in the US Army. In February, he resigned from the city council to run for mayor.

During his tenure, Oh led the Legislature Extension of the tax credit for employers Hiring Veterans And to guarantee nursing mothers pumping rooms at work. Oh also enforced laws targeting squatters, illegal dumpers and commercial vehicles illegally parked in residential areas. A crime victim himself, Oh survived a knife attack near his home in 2017.

Oh I fought with the city authorities Pressuring SEPTA to hire more transit cops and threatened to withhold $10 million in city funds unless the department’s ranks were replenished. He kept fighting for “restore“Ultimate control of the Philadelphia Parking Authority rests with the city.” lose to judicial decisions.

In 2018, oh called Former Gov. Tom Wolf is pardoning Eric Riddick, a Philadelphia man who served nearly 30 years in prison on suspect murder charges. Riddick was eventually released in 2021.

During Oh’s 2015 re-election campaign, the Philadelphia Ethics Board fined him for accepting an illegal campaign donation. The board also later fined three Oh campaign employees Violations of Political Activities.

As mayor, Oh has pledged to “do visible community policing in the areas that need it most.” He says he will focus on illegal guns and will refer cases to the Pennsylvania Attorney General if Philadelphia Attorney Larry Krasner declines to prosecute. He also says he intends to bypass Krasner on petty crimes like retail theft through a unit of city assistant attorneys.

Oh wants to upgrade equipment in recreation centers and in public Libraries, improve street lighting and expand course offerings at the Community College of Philadelphia. He has threatened to once again withhold funding from SEPTA until they begin “improving their technology and deploying transit policing throughout their system.”

He opposes citywide price controls and would focus on job creation as a way to fight inflation. Oh has also promised to give parents a “bigger voice“Involve their children’s education by making five of the nine seats on the Philadelphia Board of Education elected rather than appointed.”

Oh was born and raised in Philadelphia. He graduated from Central High School and later earned degrees from Dickinson College and Rutgers Law School. He currently resides in king dinner.

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