John Kromer held a fundraiser last night at Dock Street. The event was well-attended by friends, supporters, and the curious who wanted to hear more on his novel plan for becoming the last sheriff of Philadelphia.
Essentially, Kromer wants to transfer the duties currently handled (and not very well, as in the case of disbursing funds from Sheriff real estate sales) by the Sheriff to other City offices that are, presumably better qualified. This is in keeping with Nutter’s desire to eliminate Row Offices in Philadelphia.
Kromer is personable and articulate, and appeared relaxed and confident in the crowd of his supporters. He acknowledges that he faces an uphill battle to raise the funds necessary to take the primary in May in this typically ignored race.
Kromer’s background seems well-suited for the job. He is an adjunct professor Former Director of the Office of Housing & Community Development for the City of Philadelphia
His page on Penn’s site describes him as “…a development consultant who specializes in strategic planning and policy development for disinvested metropolitan-area communities. He is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Community Progress and an adjunct faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute of Government, where he teaches a course on “The Politics of Housing and Urban Development.””
As far as I can tell, no other candidates have formally entered the race, so for now Kromer has the stage to himself. Interested parties can learn more about Kromer’s campaign at his site www.kromerforsheriff.com.