Today, the Michael Blake for DNC Campaign announced that the Honorable Michael A. Nutter, DNC member and former Mayor of Philadelphia has endorsed Assembly Member Michael Blake in his campaign for DNC Vice-Chair. Mayor Nutter’s endorsement follows those of NY Assembly Member Herman “Denny” Farrell Jr., Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper and Vice-Chair Rhine McLin, Michigan Party Chair Brandon Dillon, RWDSU President Stuart Appelbaum, current Vice-Chair R.T. Rybak and the Stonewall Democratic Club of NYC.
“Michael Blake is stepping up to answer the call for new leadership in our Democratic party. I’ve seen him in action as we worked together in Philadelphia on the White House Urban Entrepreneurship Forum and as we continued to organize and campaign together.” said former Mayor Nutter. “I am enthusiastic about Assembly Member Blake’s candidacy for DNC Vice-Chair.”
Nutter served as the 98th mayor of Philadelphia—the nation’s fifth largest city—from January 2008 to January 2016, and as president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors from 2012 to 2013. During his time in office, he was widely recognized as a reformer, leading changes in policing, economic development, taxation, sustainability policy, and other areas. In 2014, Nutter was named as one of Governing magazine’s Public Officials of the Year; in 2011, Esquire magazine cited him among its Americans of the Year. During Nutter’s mayoralty, Philadelphia’s city government received more than 150 awards for innovative programs, good government practices, and general excellence.
Before winning election as the city’s chief executive, Nutter served on the Philadelphia City Council for almost 15 years, from 1992 to 2006. He was also the chairman of the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority Board from 2003 to 2007.
Assembly Member Michael Blake offered the following response to Nutter’s endorsement.
“Mayor Michael Nutter is a great man of respect, dignity and grace. I am proud to have the support of an accomplished leader who has demonstrated his continued commitment to public service and civic engagement. Mayor Nutter maintains active involvement in political campaigns, the corporate community, and academic institutions across the country.
I witnessed Mayor Nutter’s passion to develop effective urban policy while we worked on President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative to which he now serves as an advisor. I have enjoyed getting to know Mayor Nutter over the years and have greatly benefited from his insights and experiences.”