|98th Mayor of Philadelphia|
January 7, 2008
|Preceded by||John F. Street|
|Chairman of the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority Board|
February 3, 2003 – April 2, 2007
|Preceded by||Bernard Watson|
|Succeeded by||Thomas Riley|
|Member of the Philadelphia City Council from the 4th District|
January 7, 1992 – July 7, 2006
|Preceded by||Ann Land|
|Succeeded by||Carol Campbell|
|Born||Michael Anthony Nutter
June 29, 1957
|Alma mater||University of Pennsylvania|
Michael Anthony Nutter (born June 29, 1957) is the 98th and current Mayor of Philadelphia. He is the third African-American to hold the position. Elected on November 6, 2007, he was re-elected to a second term on November 8, 2011. He is a previous member of the Philadelphia City Council from the 4th district, and has served as the 52nd Ward Democratic Leader since 1990.
Early life and education
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Nutter (known affectionately to childhood friends as "Da Nutta") grew up in West Philadelphia. He attended elementary school at Transfiguration of Our Lord Catholic Elementary School and later St. Joseph's Preparatory School in North Philadelphia. He graduated from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1979.
Philadelphia City Council
Nutter, then-leader of the 52nd ward of Philadelphia, initially challenged Democratic incumbent Ann Land for a seat on the Philadelphia City Council in 1987. Though ultimately unsuccessful in his initial bid, Nutter defeated Land in a rematch four years later. His district included Wynnefield, Overbrook, Roxborough, Manayunk, East Falls and parts of North Philadelphia, West Philadelphia, and Mount Airy.
In June 2002, Nutter introduced a measure requiring college students under 23 years old to register their address, license plate, car registration and insurance with their school, which would then put a sticker on that car as a "student" car, subjecting the student to triple the usual fines for traffic or parking tickets or any other offense. The ordinance also forced students in off-campus housing to inform their landlords of their student status.
In September 2004, Nutter introduced legislation creating an independent Ethics Board; in addition, he proposed changes to the City's Ethics Code to provide for routine training and education of all City officers and employees, the issuance of advisory opinions, the adjudication of violations, and the imposition of civil fines. These measures were adopted at the end of 2005. On May 16, 2006, voters approved the Ethics Board ballot question with 81% voting to approve it, and was installed November 27, 2006.
Nutter sponsored "The Clean Indoor Air Worker Protection Law," expanding the definition of "public places" where smoking is not allowed to include restaurants and many bars, which Mayor Street eventually signed into law. Nutter's local bidder preference program, which took effect on July 1, 2004, gives preference to Philadelphia businesses in competitive bidding on City contracts greater than $25,000.
In January 2005, Philadelphia announced a library reorganization plan in which 20 branches would shift from full-day service to half-day service, and that many head librarians would be laid off. Library supporters rejected these changes and petitioned the Mayor and City Council to restore service and staffing levels. The City Council rejected the Administration's cut, funding was restored, and by the fall of 2005 all library branches had full-day service, Saturday hours, and a head librarian. As Mayor, Nutter sought to close 11 libraries until City Council brought a suit that kept the libraries open.
He supported having the City of Philadelphia declare a "Crime Emergency" in selected areas of Philadelphia. This would have stationed more officers in certain areas of Philadelphia, limited the ability to gather on public sidewalks, imposed a curfew for all residents, and limited the ability to travel in certain areas. The proposal included a warrant-less police search technique known as "stop-and-frisk." Nutter claims that this approach is sufficiently similar to one that was found to be Constitutional by the United States Supreme Court in 1968 in Terry v. Ohio, but it still has not been determined if this specific exercise is in violation of Fourth Amendment rights. A version of this plan was later implemented by Nutter and was the target of a lawsuit.
Nutter has supported the eviction of the Cradle of Liberty Council of the Boy Scouts of America from their headquarters on the Ben Franklin Parkway both as a councilman and as mayor. In a televised debate on NBC 10 Live @ Issue he said, "In my administration, we will not subsidize discrimination." The Cradle of Liberty Council of the Boy Scouts of America eventually won their case.
Mayor of Philadelphia
Nutter resigned from the City Council in 2006 in order to focus on running for Mayor the following year; he later resigned as Chairman of the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority Board in April 2007. Nutter quickly moved to position himself as a reformer. On April 27, 2007, The Philadelphia Inquirer endorsed Nutter for Mayor, Nutter was also endorsed by the Philadelphia Daily News, Philadelphia magazine, Northeast Times, Philadelphia City Paper, Philadelphia Weekly, The Daily Pennsylvanian, Philly for Change, the Penn Democrats, and Clean Water Action.
Nutter won the Democratic primary election on May 15, winning 37% of the vote in a crowded election of four other people; He then went on to win the general election on November 6, 2007 with 83% of the vote against opponent Al Taubenberger, who won 13%.
Nutter announced that he would run for reelection on December 22, 2010. He easily won the primary election against Milton Street, getting 76% of the vote. Despite the lopsided victory, Street capturing 24% of the Democratic vote astonished many and served to diminish Nutter. He defeated two candidates in the general election of November 2011, garnering over 70% of the vote on a voter turnout of around 18%.
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|Mayor of Philadelphia
|Philadelphia City Council|
|Member of the Philadelphia City Council for the 4th District
|Chairman of the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority Board