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It’s an interesting argument to make for Farnese, who will have to out-liberal a competitor whose political organization is largely responsible for the election of candidates such as Joe Hohenstein, Elizabeth Fiedler and, of course, Larry Krasner.

Saval, not feeling the need to prove his progressive stances to anybody, took a different approach in his opening statement at Second District Brewing, 1939 S. Bancroft St.

He focused more on his personal history. He was a journalist at the New York Times and, until recently, wrote a column for The New Yorker on urbanism, city planning and architecture and design. He bikes and rides SEPTA a lot. He was an organizer with UNITE Here, a union of hospitality workers that represents hotel workers in the district, including cafeteria workers and workers in the sports complex. He organized 40 people to run as committee people in the 2nd Ward, which he had been the leader of until he resigned to run in this race.

“We transformed the ward,” he said. “We won the ward entirely, and I was elected ward leader.”

Subsequently, the ward became an open ward, which means its committee people vote on whom the ward endorses in local elections. (For the record, Farnese was quick to mention later in the night that the 8th Ward, which he’s the leader of, has been an open ward since 1972.) But Saval capped off his opening statement with the centerpiece of his campaign: A Green New Deal for housing.

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