Matt Wolfe, Republican Candidate for City Council At Large, finished ahead of all non-incumbent challengers in a straw poll Tuesday night, coming in 2nd place overall out of 8 declared candidates. The straw poll was held Tuesday February 19th at the South Philadelphia Republican Coalition’s candidates night, which 200-300 people attended. Wolfe finished first among non-incumbents, and second overall.
“I want to thank the South Philadelphia Republican Coalition for hosting such a great event, and all the Republicans from throughout the city who attended. This was a great night and I am honored to have received such strong support in the straw poll. I am the true Republican voice in this race, and last night’s results showed that voters are excited by my promise to offer a true Republican voice in City Hall that will challenge years of Democrat corruption and failed policies.” Stated Wolfe.
Matt is the longest serving Republican ward leader and a staple of the University City community for decades. To this point, Matt has been the only candidate to call for Council Majority Leader Bobby Henon to step down from City Council, or if he refuses to have Council remove him from his post as Majority Leader in the wake of the John Dougherty/Local Union 98 corruption scandal. Matt is on the record as being against sanctuary cities and the soda tax from the day these issues were brought into the forefront. Matt Wolfe is the true Republican running for City Council at Large.
Last night’s results showed that when Philadelphia Republican voters are given the choice, they pick Matt Wolfe as their voice in City Hall.
“I think the poll results are a reflection of my record as a Republican focused on Philadelphia issues. Over the years I have written numerous editorial articles and done interviews providing a Republican voice on issues facing Philadelphia. I have a record on the issues and am not a bullet-point deep candidate. And I think voters recognize that and it was reflected in the straw poll.” Wolfe continued, “With their help, we can not only win the Republican primary, but we can take our message to City Hall in November. If you have not already, please reach out to our campaign and get involved.”
About Matt Wolfe: Matt Wolfe is a former Deputy Attorney General. He also served in the administration of Governor Tom Ridge as the Chief Counsel of the Department of Labor and Industry, which played a key role in helping Pennsylvania’s economy grow and attract new jobs. Before that he was Assistant Counsel at the Department of Transportation and he was appointed a Special Assistant District Attorney and Special Prosecutor in several counties. In Philadelphia, former District Attorney Ron Castille appointed him a Special Assistant District Attorney to represent the city to close down nuisance bars in his neighborhood. He helped close down the notorious Times Café and the Purple Fox. He also served with Sam Katz when Sam was on the School Board as a member of the Philadelphia School Board’s Task Force on Scholastics and Sports, which developed academic standards for public school students to meet in order to be eligible for sports and extracurricular activities.
Matt Wolfe has been a community activist in West Philadelphia since he was in college. He was a long-time member of the Board of Directors of the Spruce Hill Community Association, also serving as its Vice President. Matt has served as a member of the 18th Police District Neighborhood Advisory Committee and was Vice Chairman of the Woodland District of the Boy Scouts of America. He is active in his parish, St. Francis DeSales, and has served on the Parish Pastoral Council and as a Eucharistic Minister.
Matt Wolfe has been an active Republican since college, is the Chairman of the University City Republican Committee and has served his community for years as a ward leader and committeeman. Wolfe is a lawyer, having graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and Villanova Law School, practicing election law and has taught other lawyers in continuing education classes in the area. He currently maintains his own law office, understanding the challenges that a small business owners face. His law office is in West Philadelphia where he lives with his wife, Denise Furey. He has two adult sons, Jay and Ross.
About the South Philadelphia Republican Coalition: The South Philadelphia Republican Coalition, or South Philly GOP, is an association of five political wards south of Lombard Street. The member ward leaders have agreed to pool resources and efforts to efficiently and effectively identify and mobilize Republican voters in South Philly. By marrying modern campaign tactics, data analytics and technology with traditional ward politics, the South Philly GOP and its partners are working to expand support for local Republican candidates.