Cherelle Parker, Philadelphia’s mayoral candidate, never got to enjoy her victory party after winning the Democratic primary in the city because she was hospitalized Tuesday night.
Parker’s representatives said that she had a “dental issue” after Parker had a tooth pulled Friday. According to local outlets, Parker was complaining of a toothache on Tuesday.
“Unfortunately, Cherelle had a recent dental issue that required immediate medical attention this evening, and she is currently receiving care at the University of Pennsylvania,” Parker’s campaign spokesperson said in a statement Tuesday night. “Cherelle looks forward to celebrating with all of her friends and supporters and thanks all of Philadelphia for making history tonight!”
Who is Cherelle Parker?
Cherelle Parker was born on September 9, 1972, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was raised by her mother and never knew her father. Parker earned her bachelor’s degree at Lincoln University and a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Her first job was as a high school English teacher. Tasco hired Parker to work in her city hall office in 1995.
she served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, representing the 200th district from 2005 until 2015. She was then elected to the Philadelphia City Council for the ninth district.
Parker secured the Democratic nomination this year after running a campaign focusing on law and order. She had vowed to increase the number of police officers on the streets of Philadelphia. She has said that her top priority is to “stop the sense of lawlessness that is plaguing our city.” She also said that if she won, she will allow officers to make stops based on a “just cause and reasonable suspicion.”
Parker married Ben Mullins, a leader in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, in 2010. They live in Mount Airy.
In 2011, Parker was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and driving the wrong way on a one-way street. She was convicted and lost her appeal in 2015. She served her sentence of three days in jail, a $1,000 fine, and a one-year license suspension.