1979 Philadelphia mayoral election

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Philadelphia mayoral election, 1979

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Turnout60%[1] Decrease 5 pp
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Nominee William J. Green III David W. Marston Lucien Blackwell
Party Democratic Republican Consumer
Popular vote 313,345 174,083 108,447
Percentage 52.59% 29.22% 18.20%

Mayor before election

Frank Rizzo

Elected Mayor

William J. Green III

The Philadelphia mayoral election of 1979 saw the election of William J. Green III.

Ahead of the election there had been an unsuccessful effort to amend the city charter to allow incumbent mayor Frank Rizzo to run for a third consecutive term.[2]

Among those who ran in the Democratic primary were Charles W. Boweser, who had been an independent candidate in the previous election.[2]


1979 Philadelphia mayoral election (general election)[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic William J. Green III 313,345 52.59%
Republican David W. Marston 174,083 29.22%
Consumer Lucien Blackwell 108,447 18.20%
Turnout 595,875


  1. ^ Denvir, Daniel (22 May 2015). "Voter Turnout in U.S. Mayoral Elections Is Pathetic, But It Wasn't Always This Way". City Lab. Retrieved 28 April 2019.
  2. ^ a b Coard, Michael (10 February 2018). "Charles Bowser: The Ultimate Power Player". Philly Magazine. Retrieved 28 April 2019.
  3. ^ "Mayors of the City of Philadelphia 1691-2000". City of Philadelphia. Retrieved 28 April 2019.