BY MICHAEL MATZA INQUIRER STAFF WRITER With an amen chorus of supportive preachers responsively shouting, “He is the man!” Philadelphia mayoral candidate Dwight Evans last night received the endorsement of the Black Clergy of Philadelphia and Vicinity, an influential group representing 300,000 parishioners in the politically active world of Philadelphia’s black churches.
In a crowded field of candidates, including three African Americans, the group’s nod can provide a boost, particularly if the race is close.
“We need a man with vision… and a passion to improve the whole city, not just the downtown, but the whole town. We need a man who can bring home the bacon!” said the Rev. James Moore, the organization’s president, calling Evans to the stage at a community center in West Philadelphia.
“What I need over the next 70 days” before the May 15 Democratic primary “are door knockers and kaffeeklatschers,” said Evans, a state representative.
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