Grocery mogul Jeff Brown is running for mayor of Philadelphia – NBC10 Philadelphia

Grocery store magnate Jeff Brown announced his candidacy for mayor of Philadelphia on Wednesday, joining a crowded field of Democratic candidates vying for the city’s top job.

The first outside government to join the race, Brown is the CEO of Brown’s Super Stores Inc., which operates a dozen ShopRites and two Fresh Grocers in and around Philadelphia. The fourth-generation Philadelphia grocer employs more than 2,300 associates, according to its site.

“It has been a privilege to take care of families, and what I have found is that there is a common thread that we all have: we care about our families and we want to take care of them. , we want to feel safe and we want to be respected. . And it’s as simple as that,” Brown told a packed room during his announcement in University City on Wednesday morning.

Brown was one of the most prominent opponents of Mayor Jim Kenney’s soda tax, WHY reported in 2019. He is also known for his efforts in the fight against “food deserts” in the poor neighborhoods of Philadelphia.

Brown joins five more Democrats in Philly mayoral race. Tuesday, real estate developer and former city councilor Allan Domb announced his campaign. Brown and Domb join Maria Quinones-Sanchez, Derek GreenCherelle Parker and Rebecca Rhynhart.

Kenney, who is nearing the end of his second term, cannot run for a third term.

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