The former vice chair of the Green Party of Philadelphia, and their 2007 candidate for city commissioner, Lewis Harris recently lost a special election for state representative, getting six percent of the vote in a two way race. He ran as a Republican.
From The Daily Times:
Harris is the current chairman of Wharton Centre Inc. and Healthnastics Center Inc., according to the website, as well as co-chair of United M.P.A.C., and chairman of B.B.21 Network and Investment Co.
A committeeman in the 40th Ward, Harris previously served as ward leader for the 29th and 32nd wards, and is the former vice chair of the Green Party.
Harris, a community activist, yesterday said the short preparation time curtailed his ability to raise funds to pay for his strategy of turning out voters in Southwest Philadelphia.
Harris said Donatucci enjoyed strong name recognition due to her husband’s service and the role of her brother-in-law, Register of Wills Ron Donatucci, who heads the 26th Democratic Ward.
“In Philadelphia, because it’s so heavily favored Democratic, there was an assumption that there was no way for me to win,” said Harris, who will now consider a run for Traffic Court.
From the blog Angry, Young, and Poor:
In 2007 while I was trying to run for Mayor of Philadelphia, I took a chance of trying to become the nominee for the Green Party of Philadelphia. I had run into someone during my petition drive who turned me onto the group, and asked if I would speak to the group at the next meeting, which I gladly agreed to do. I went to the meeting, gave a speech, and it was pretty well received…
After the speech, I met the two people the Green Party was already running, one of whom was City-Commissioner candidate Lewis Harris, Jr.
He put his arm around me, much like Milton Street did when I went to protest him, and said, “Here’s my card, man. Give me a call. We’ll talk, get you started, and one day we’ll get you into office, get you started on the path.”
I could tell immediately what he meant; Do what I want, or you won’t go anywhere. I declined….
The election fell during the massive snow storm, and in the end saw very, very low turn-out.
Maria Donatucci won with 94% of the vote!
Lewis Harris, Jr, to me, doesn’t seem to be focused on people. Based on the few times I’ve met him, talked and dealt with him, and the fact that he has gone from Republican Coordinator for Sam Katz in North Philly, to Vice Chair of the Green Party, to running as a Republican State Rep to now running for Traffic Court, can you blame me?