INQUIRER: Challengers entering race for sheriff

Philadelphia Inquirer February 17, 2023

Philadelphia Sheriff Rochelle Bilal made it official this week, entering the Democratic primary as she seeks a second four-year term.

Her two expected challengers told Clout they will make their candidacies official next week.

Michael Untermeyer, a real estate investor who has served as an assistant district attorney and deputy state attorney general, last ran for office in 2017, when he spent $1.3 million of his own money in a failed bid for district attorney in a Democratic primary won by Larry Krasner.

Untermeyer also ran for City Council in 2011 as a Republican, for district attorney in 2009 as a Republican, and for sheriff in 2007 as a Democrat.

Jacque Whaumbush, a former acting chief deputy in the Sheriff’s Office during a previous administration, ran as a Democrat for register of wills in 2019 and for sheriff in 2011 and 2007.

Whaumbush said he is going to focus his campaign on his experience in the office.

Untermeyer told Clout he will drill down on how “the Sheriff’s Office has been disgraced with scandals, financial improprieties and corruption for decades,” with a promise to put an end to all that.