Drew Murray - (CANDIDATE) City Council At-Large
Drew Murray was born and raised in the Philadelphia suburb of Villanova, PA. His four years attending St. Joseph's Prep at 17th & Girard made him fall in love with the vibrancy of Philadelphia. After St. Joseph's Prep, Drew received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA. In January of 2002, Drew received his Master of Business Administration from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.
Drew is the proud husband of Kristy Moses Murray and father of two daughters, Scarlett and Alexandra. He moved to the Logan Square neighborhood in 2004. Driven by the Jesuit ideal instilled in him at St. Joseph's Prep, Drew became heavily engaged in serving his community. In 2011 he became a Board Member of the Logan Square Neighborhood Association (LSNA), as well as the President of the Friends of Coxe Park. As a Board Member, Drew helped start an annual school fair whose purpose is to demonstrate to young parents that there are numerous educational opportunities available to young children in the City of Philadelphia. From 2015 to 2019, Drew served as President of the Logan Square Neighborhood Association. In addition to being a Board Member of LSNA, Drew serves as the Chairman to the Philadelphia Crosstown Coalition, is a Board Member of the Center City District, is on the Finance Council of the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul and is the leader of Philadelphia's 15th Ward. Drew has proven to be a dynamic leader in both his professional career and his civic engagement.
Drew has spent the entirety of his career at O'Brien Systems, Inc. In his role as Regional Sales Manager, Drew has managed thousands of projects and has over 25 years of experience in the design, supply and installation of high density storage systems and casework solutions
Drew's proven track record of leadership is what makes him an ideal candidate for City Council. In this challenging and sometime toxic political environment, leadership and a moral compass are paramount to our country, our state and the City of Philadelphia. Drew offers a Republican view that provides a balance of perspective needed in Philadelphia's City Council.
Jim Hasher - (CANDIDATE) City Council At-Large
Jim Hasher was born and raised in Northeast Philadelphia, where he currently resides and works. Jim, together with his dear wife Stacie, raised 5 sons in the Torresdale neighborhood.
Being ingrained in the community around him, Jim spends ample time leading several volunteer organizations that provide opportunities for the youth of our city to flourish and grow. Jim has served for 25 years as the Athletic Director and President of Torresdale Boys Club, one of the
largest youth clubs in Philadelphia. Jim also founded the Northeast Sting, a prominent AAU basketball program that has served thousands of players and provided a unique opportunity for boys of all ages to not only participate in high-level basketball competition all over the country, but to grow and connect with players from all over the city. Jim continues to coach for both Torresdale and St. Katherine of Siena, his home Catholic Church where he celebrates Mass weekly. In addition to his volunteerism, he often facilitates fundraisers for young fighters to travel and participate in out-of-state boxing tournaments- a cause he has been passionate about since his own young days in the ring.
Professionally, Jim has found success through multiple avenues in his 35 years in business. He is the president of Hasher Realty, Inc., providing superior full-service real estate expertise in Philadelphia since 1991. More recently, Jim has ventured into the service industry as the owner and operator of Jimmy's Timeout Sports Pub; transforming a local eyesore into a cherished and celebrated neighborhood restaurant. Jim's other ventures over the years include RE/MAX Metropolitan, Inc, First Platinum Abstract, and Pro-Tec Restoration, Inc.- all of which have contributed to Jim's unique knowledge and experience around small business in Philadelphia.
Jim's expertise is not solely limited to business and his community; he is also well-versed and experienced in the public offices in Philadelphia. He was appointed Chief Deputy in Charge for Community Affairs for the PA Athletic Commission; served as the 65th Ward Leader; ran as a Congressional Candidate for the 3rd Congressional District in 1994; and managed a victorious campaign for a Republican candidate for a Council at-large seat in 2004. Jim's actions in the city of Philadelphia speak for themselves. His selfless work in his community and surrounding areas serves and provides for the young men and women that will lead our city in the future. He understands the necessary support that is needed for the small businesses and working-class families that make up our cherished city communities. He is already doing the tremendously integral work to better his neighborhood and improve the quality of life in Philadelphia. That dedication and effort will only continue with additional resources, leadership and collaboration in the position of City Council.
Brian O'Neill - (INCUMBENT) City Council District 10
Brian O’Neill has served as a Republican member of the Philadelphia City Council since 1980. The son of a Philadelphia police officer, Councilman O’Neill graduated from Saint Joseph’s University in 1971 and Widener University School of Law in 1975.
Prior to his election, he was a Juvenile Probation Officer, Law Clerk in the Court of Common Pleas and attorney in private practice. Councilman O’Neill chairs City Council’s Technology and Information Services Committee, and maintains four full-time offices in his district where he meets personally with constituents.
Councilman Brian O’Neill is OUR voice for the 10th Council District in the Far Northeast section of Philadelphia. He is best known for service, accessibility, and preventing and fighting unwanted development in his district.
He is also a proactive supporter of volunteer non-profit organizations throughout his district. In addition to his City Hall office, Brian maintains four full-time district offices where he meets personally with constituents.
In City Hall, O'Neill fights to protect his district’s neighborhoods by investing in recreation centers, parks, and libraries. O'Neill’s main goal is preserving and improving the high quality of life that families in the Far Northeast have come to enjoy.
Seth Bluestein - (INCUMBENT) City Commissioner
Seth Bluestein has served as City Commissioner – one of three members of the Board of Elections in charge of election operations and voter registration for the City of Philadelphia – since February 2022. Prior to serving as Commissioner, Seth was Chief Deputy Commissioner for former City Commissioner Al Schmidt. Seth began working in the Office of the City Commissioners in 2012 as a Deputy Commissioner before being promoted to Chief Deputy Commissioner in 2017. From 2018 through 2021, Seth also served as the department’s Chief Integrity Officer.
Seth has spent the past ten years serving Philadelphia voters, with a focus on ensuring our elections remain fair, secure, and accessible. He has overseen election integrity investigations and quality control audits for the department. An advocate for transparency, Seth has worked to transform the department’s website, communications, and open data initiatives.
A lifelong Philadelphian, Seth earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science and history from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Public Administration from the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania.