Reclaim’s leadoff hitter in 2020 will be 2nd Ward Democratic Leader Nikil Saval, who will challenge State Sen. Larry Farnese in the 1st Senatorial District that runs along the Delaware River from the airport up to Kensington.
Saval, of Bella Vista, is a co-founder of Reclaim. His political street skills were also sharpened organizing for UNITE HERE Locals 274 and 634, which represent hotel workers and School District food-service workers. He blew away the previous ward leadership in the latest election and has energized streetwork since: His ward tied for 5th place for Democratic voter turnout in the 2019 primary, posting a huge gain.
Another advantage is that he is Asian American (of South Indian origin), giving him an angle to tap into the Southeast Asians of South Philly, into Chinatown and into the citywide South Asian community.