City GOP Picks Wolfe as Council Candidate

This article was published by Philly.com on March 19, 2014. Click here to read the article on the publisher’s website.

Philadelphia Republicans chose lawyer J. Matthew Wolfe, a former deputy state attorney general, as their candidate Wednesday night for a vacant at-large City Council seat to be filled in a May 20 special election.

Wolfe, 57, a GOP ward leader from West Philadelphia, will run against State Rep. Ed Neilson, the Democratic nominee. The seat became vacant last month when Gov. Corbett appointed Bill Green, a Democrat, chairman of the School Reform Commission.

Wolfe served as chief counsel of the state Department of Labor and Industry under Gov. Tom Ridge and as a lawyer in the Department of Transportation. He is an advocate for cuts in the city’s business and wage taxes. He is married to Denise Furey, a financial services professional, and has two adult sons. – Robert Moran

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