The Kids Are Alright: Millennial Turnout in the 2017 Primary Election in Philadelphia

There was a sense that something was “different” about the 2017 Primary for District Attorney and City Controller in Philadelphia. Sure, overall turnout nearly doubled from 9% in the 2013 Primary to 17% in the 2017 Primary. That in itself is significant because it marks the highest turnout for that election cycle since 2001. It doesn’t, however, answer the question of WHO turned out. So, we started digging through the data and what we found was remarkable.


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Dinner and Dialogue, Jordan Harris

On April 27, Philly Set Go launched the first of a series of “Dinner and Dialogue” meetings that Philly Set Go is hosting to bring together millennials, elected officials and community leaders in various neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia.  The purpose is to foster conversations and relationships, and exchange ideas for a better Philadelphia for all Philadelphians.  The first one featured State Representative Jordan Harris, who represents Pennsylvania’s 186th Legislative District and serves as the Chair of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus.  The 186th stretches from Passyunk Avenue in the South to Lombard on the north end, and then from Broad Street on the east to the Schuylkill River on the west, with the exception of a small chunk of Kingsessing west of the river.  Principally, the district covers the neighborhoods of Graduate Hospital, Point Breeze, Newbold, Gray’s Ferry and Kingsessing, with a small sliver of Center City on the Northern boundary of the district.  


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Philly Set Go endorses Rich Negrin, Beth Grossman for District Attorney

Founded in 2015, Philly Set Go’s mission is to organize millennials in every neighborhood in Philadelphia—regardless of party—to become active participants in state and local politics.  For too long, the self-interest of elected officials, rather than the shared interests of Philadelphians, has dominated city politics.  With 348,000+ registered millennials (18-34) in Philadelphia—the largest registered voter demographic in the city—millennials can change that reality and be the constituency for ethical, effective, and efficient government.

As part of our mission, Philly Set Go, a bipartisan political action committee, endorses candidates for local and state offices that support our agenda and want to work with us to help achieve the City and Commonwealth that our families and communities deserve. 


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