Independents are on the rise in Philly. Could they actually win a City Council seat?

Backed by the Pennsylvania Working Families Party, community organizer Kendra Brooks and the Rev. Nicolas O’Rourke said they each filed the necessary 3,226 signatures to run on Tuesday.

Working Families, a national progressive political organization, has gotten involved in several Philly races in recent years, including District Attorney Larry Krasner’s 2017 campaign. The party is also endorsing Democratic at-large nominees Helen Gym and Isaiah Thomas in the upcoming election.

O’Rourke, of West Philadelphia, says the duo wants to best the five Republican nominees on the ballot. But Democratic party leaders feel that independent bids just steal votes from their ballot of five candidates.

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