2023 Philadelphia Mayoral Election Voter Guide

Posted on 01/12/23

Updated: Thursday, March 23

The City of Philadelphia mayoral election primary will take place on Tues., May 16, 2023. The general election will be held on Tues., November 7, 2023. AARP Pennsylvania is dedicated to making certain that Philadelphia voters 50-plus know how to register to vote, where to vote in person, what the rules are for mail-in, absentee or early voting, and key dates for voting. 

While AARP Pennsylvania strongly encourages people to get out and vote for the candidates of their choice, we do not have a political action committee for donating to candidates, we do not endorse or oppose candidates, nor do we contribute to any candidate or political party.

Our goal for the 2023 Philadelphia Mayoral Election is simple: to help Philadelphia voters 50+ and their families - in every neighborhood - understand where the candidates for mayor stand on the issues that matter to them so they can make informed decisions, while also making certain they have every opportunity to vote.


The Incumbent Democratic Mayor Jim Kenney is term-limited, so he cannot seek reelection to a third term and will not be on the primary ballot. Any Philadelphia City Councilmembers who want to run for the Office of Mayor must resign their Council seats to do so under the “resign to run” provision of Philadelphia’s election law.  

Until the primary election ballot is officially set, those who have declared their candidacy include the following:

  • Pastor Warren Bloom Sr.
  • Pennsylvania Representative Amen Brown
  • Businessman Jeff Brown
  • Former Municipal Judge James DeLeon
  • Former City Councilmember Allan Domb
  • Ms. Delscia Gray
  • Former City Councilmember Derek Green
  • Former City Councilmember Helen Gym
  • Former City Councilmember Cherelle Parker
  • Former City Councilmember Maria Quinones-Sanchez
  • Former City Controller Rebecca Rhynhart


  • Former City Councilmember David Oh

Our candidate list will be regularly updated, please check back frequently and stay tuned for more information about the 2023 Philadelphia Mayoral Race and the issues that matter most to Philadelphians 50+. Mayoral candidates who will appear on the primary ballot will also be posted on the Philadelphia Board of Elections Office website.


In addition to the Mayor, the May 16, 2023 Municipal Election will decide races for:

  • Sheriff                             
  • Register of Wills             
  • Municipal Court 
  • City Commissioners          
  • City Council                    
  • Court of Common Pleas

All candidates for these races can be found on the Philadelphia Board of Elections Office website


  • Last day to register to vote: Monday, May 1, 2023
  • Last day to apply for a mail-in or absentee or mail-in ballot: Tues., May 9, 2023
  • Last day for the County Board of Elections to receive voted mail-in or absentee ballots: Tues., May 16, 2023 – must be received by 8PM to be counted
  • Primary Election Day: Tues., May 16, 2023 – polls are open 7AM to 8PM


How do I contact the Philadelphia County Board of Elections?
Address:       City Hall, Room 142
Phone:          215-686-3469
Website:       https://vote.phila.gov/

How do I contact the Philadelphia Voter Registration Office?
Address:       520 N. Columbus Blvd., 5th Floor
Phone:          215-686-1590
Website:       Click here.

How do I find my neighborhood polling place?
Click here to locate your Philadelphia neighborhood polling place.

Changes to the official voter registry may not be reflected immediately. For up-to-date, official polling place locations in Philadelphia County, contact the Philadelphia Voter Registration Office at (215) 686-1590.

Where are Philadelphia’s official mail-in ballot drop boxes located?
Click here for the Philadelphia listing of sites, locations and hours of operation.

Where can I find more information on how to vote?
Click here to visit the Pennsylvania Department of State voting and election information site.


Read AARP Pennsylvania's Poll of 50+ Philadelphia Voters
AARP Pennsylvania conducted a poll to find out where Philadelphia's 50+ voters stand on the issues surrounding the mayor's race. Click here to read the poll.

AARP Pennsylvania wants to hear from you!
We are preparing to reach out to Philadelphia voters 50+ to ask them what issues matter most to them ahead of the 2023 Philadelphia Mayoral Election. You can share with us now what you want the candidates to know what it’s like to walk a day in your shoes right here: Visit aarp.org/InMyShoes today.

Note: Voting rules, procedures and candidates may change before Election Day. We’ll keep this guide updated, so check back before you vote. Voters should also visit the state department's voting and elections page for the latest.

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