Six Temple trustees and two administrators have made contributions to the campaigns of candidates vying for victory in this May’s Democratic mayoral primary, according to a database of election records compiled by the Inquirer.
Besides Nelson Diaz – the trustee since 1992 who is running in the primary – trustees made personal donations to Anthony Hardy Williams. He is currently a state senator for the 191st district, which includes most of West Philadelphia, portions of South and Southwest Philadelphia, Darby and Darby Township.
Lynne Abraham, the city’s former district attorney, received a $1,000 donation from trustee Daniel Polett, the namesake of Polett Walk on Main Campus.
In total, Diaz has received $4,750 combined from current or honorary Temple trustees: Dennis Alter and Milton Rock each donated $1,000, while Leonard Barrack donated $2,000. Polett donated $500, and Edward Rudolph contributed $250 as well.
Diaz’s campaign manager, Ian Rivera, did not respond to a request for comment.
One Temple-affiliated individual donated the maximum to a candidate. Larry Kaiser, dean of Temple’s School of Medicine and CEO of Temple University Health System, donated a combined $2,900 to Williams’ campaign in two separate donations made last September and December. Trustee Patrick Larkin gave $1,000 to the candidate, while Ken Lawrence, senior vice president for government, community and public affairs, gave $250.
There were no donations reported for President Theobald or Chairman Patrick O’Connor, though several employees of Cozen O’Connor, the lawfirm where he is vice chair, have made donations. PREIT, headed by trustee Joseph Coradino, donated $1,000 to former councilman-at-large Jim Kenney.
The mayoral candidates plan to debate on May 4 at the Temple Performing Arts Center.
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Steve Bohnel contributed reporting.