At least four Council members — Blondell Reynolds Brown, Jim Kenney, Bill Green and W. Wilson Goode Jr. -- are being discussed as potential 2015 candidates for mayor.
They are joined by state Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams and City Controller Alan Butkovitz, two potential candidates with drastically different opinions on the move to a property-tax system based on market values, known as the Actual Value Initiative.
Think of Williams and Butkovitz as the two ends of the AVI political scale — Williams wanted AVI put in place this year while Butkovitz opposes the idea now, next year and in the future.
We spoke this week to each of the potential candidates. The role of AVI in the 2015 race is very much on their minds.
"I believe its explosive," Butkovitz said. "I think it will be polarizing as we get to the 2015 race."
Williams, who is pushing in Harrisburg for legislation needed to implement AVI, voiced frustration that some of his potential 2015 opponents are moving tactically to prepare for the mayor's race. And he knows his position could cost him votes.
"The fact that I had some responsibility in constructing a system that is fair, I'm sure some people will penalize me for that," Williams said.