Saval raises $119,000-plus for Farnese challenge

Nikil Saval speaks at his campaign kickoff event at Hawthorne Park on Sunday. | Photo submitted by Saval’s campaign manager, Amanda MacIllmurray.

Nikil Saval, who is challenging state Sen. Larry Farnese (D-1st dist.) in the Democratic primary, finished the year having raised $119,635.

“This fundraising number is unprecedented from a first-time candidate challenging an incumbent. It reflects the strength and depth of the progressive movement in Philadelphia,” said campaign manager Amanda McIllmurray. “People are standing up to say that we must fight climate change, make housing a human right and build a society that cares for all of us.” 

Saval, a freelance journalist who lives in South Philadelphia with his wife and young child, has been endorsed by UNITE HERE Locals 274, 634 and 54.

Saval co-founded Reclaim Philadelphia, an organization that has fought to elect progressive candidates like Larry Krasner, Elizabeth Fiedler, Helen Gym, Isaiah Thomas and Kendra Brooks.

In 2018, Saval was elected Democratic leader of South Philadelphia’s 2nd Ward.