Help Me Support David Oh, Candidate for City Council at Large

Here are excerpts from a letter I recently sent to people I know who live in the City of Philadelphia, encouraging them to support my friend David Oh, who is running for City Council at Large.  If you can vote in November, I hope you'll consider David!


Dear friend,

I am writing to ask for your support of David Oh, candidate for City Council at Large.  I believe David is supremely qualified for the office.  He is honest, hard-working, and devoted to the City and its good, and thus he is the kind of person we need on City Council.

Here are some things you can do to join me in supporting David:

1.  Vote for David.  On November 6, vote for David and no other Republican City Council at Large candidates.  David must place in the top two among Republican candidates to gain a seat.  If you are accustomed to voting Democratic, vote for four Democratic candidates and for David.  If you are accustomed to voting Republican, vote for just David.  

2.  Learn more about David's platform.  David has some exciting ideas for Philadelphia.  Please consider joining in on the discussion by coming over to my house on Sunday, July 15, any time between 3:00pm and 6:00pm.  .  This is not a fundraiser, in that there will not be a donation required, but certainly donations will be accepted at that time (make checks payable to Citizens for David Oh).  We will have a small kiddie pool and an even smaller barbecue grill going, so feel free to bring kids and meat (just so we're clear, the kids will go in the kiddie pool and the meat will go on the barbecue grill!).  David will try to stay for as much of the time as possible, to meet you and to answer questions.  I'll send around an evite to get a sense of who can stop by.

3.  Join me in canvassing University City.  I'm looking for 4-5 of you to walk around the neighborhood getting the word out about David.  Again, feel free to bring kids in tow, mine will be with me!  If you are interested, please email me and we'll coordinate a date and time.

4.  Contribute to David's campaign. You can give directly on David's campaign website: www.davidoh.org.  Or you can drop off a check to Citizens for David Oh to my house or to David's campaign headquarters at 1700 Race.  Any amount between $10 and $2500 is gratefully accepted.

For more information, please contact me or go to www.davidoh.org .  You can also read the article below from the June 25 issue of the Philadelphia Inquirer.  Thank you in advance for your consideration.



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The Philadelphia Inquirer
June 25, 2007
Lefty bloggers go GOP

It's hardly a movement with mass support, but at least some of the city's self-styled progressive reformers may do some strategic voting in November. Bloggers on the avowedly lefty www.youngphillypolitics.com site are floating the idea of casting a vote for a Republican City Council candidate: David Oh.

The thinking is that a few thousand Democratic defectors wouldn't hurt the chances of the five Democratic at-large candidates, at least not in a city where Democratic voters outnumber Republicans 5-1. Meanwhile, they surmise, the progressive vote might be enough to tip the balance in the Republican contest to Oh, whom they see as a step up from incumbent Republican Councilman Jack Kelly.

The city charter reserves two of the seven at-large Council seats for the minority party. Each party has five Council nominees, but it would be stunning if the Democratic candidates didn't win their spots running away. Incumbent Councilman Frank Rizzo seems likely to win the top GOP spot, and Oh and fellow Republican nominees Patricia Mattern and Phil Kerwick will fight Kelly for the final Republican slot.

Oh, a lawyer and former assistant district attorney, thinks Philadelphia needs to enhance its status as an international business center and do more to attract young residents.

It's a message that resonates with some of the blog's readers, but certainly not all. Democratic Councilman W. Wilson Goode Jr. sure doesn't like the idea of the city's progressives voting for a Republican.

"Go ahead, make George Bush smile," he said in an online posting.

- Patrick Kerkstra

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