|Turnout||60% 5 pp|
|Elections in Pennsylvania|
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.
- Charles W. Bowser, independent candidate for Mayor in 1975
- George G. Britt, Jr., management consultant and perennial candidate
- C. Douglas Clark
- William J. Green III, former U.S. Representative and candidate for U.S. Senate in 1976
- Frank Lomento, pretzel vendor and perennial candidate
- Ralph C. Morrone
- Ronald David Tinney
- Gil W. Veasey
- Inez Walker
- Albert V. Gaudiosi, former City Commerce Director
- William G. Klenk, City Controller
|Democratic||William J. Green III||215,742||51.69%|
|Democratic||George G. Britt, Jr.||2,482||0.60%|
|Democratic||C. Douglas Clark||725||0.17%|
|Democratic||Ralph C. Morrone||489||0.12%|
|Democratic||Ronald David Tinney||460||0.11%|
- David W. Marston, former U.S. Attorney and candidate for Governor in 1978
Marston was unopposed for the Republican nomination.
Independents and third parties
- Lucien Blackwell, City Councilman from District 3
|Democratic||William J. Green III||313,345||52.59%|
|Republican||David W. Marston||174,083||29.22%|
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