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Tonight State Sen. Tony Williams will formally announce his candidacy for mayor at a West Philly art center that offers free children’s programs, with fewer than 50 people expected.

“We’ve intentionally selected and invited opinion shapers from around the city, most of whom are supportive but some of whom are just wondering what it means,” Williams said. “We think it’s very important for people to think this is a very unconventional movement, not just politics.”

Kenney painted Williams as a shill of the charter-school movement in 2015 because Williams took $7.5 million from a charter school PAC to support his campaign.

Now Kenney is calling Williams, who opposes Kenney’s soda tax, a corporate shill for the multibillion-dollar beverage industry.

But Kenney also had support from an independent PAC in 2015. The building trade unions spent $1.8 million on the race. More than $500,000 of that came from Electrical Union Local 98.

Local 98 leader John “Johnny Doc” Dougherty, City Councilman Bobby Henon, and six other union officials were indicted on Jan. 30, accused of embezzling more than $600,000 from 2010 to 2016.


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