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Melissa Murray Bailey

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Bailey campaigning for mayor in 2015

Melissa Murray Bailey (born 1979) is an American business executive, businesswoman and politician. She is currently a senior executive with LinkedIn in Singapore.[1]

Bailey was the Republican Party nominee for Mayor of Philadelphia, the fifth largest city in the United States, in the 2015 mayoral election.


Bailey was raised in South Jersey. [2] Her grandmother is from West Philadelphia, while her grandfather grew up in South Philadelphia.[1] Both of her parents are public school teachers, including her father, who was the lead negotiator for his teachers union.[2] She is one of four siblings.[1][3]

Bailey received her bachelor's degree in biological engineering from the University of Maryland and worked as a substitute teacher while in college.[2][1] She was eventually hired by Universum Global, a Swedish branding firm which also assists employers' efforts to hire workers.[2][4] Prior to moving to Philadelphia, Bailey ran CEB's Asia business, located in Singapore.[2] She resided in Singapore and Australia for nearly seven years before being hired by Universum and moving to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[2][1] Bailey and her husband moved to Philadelphia in 2012 and settled in the Society Hill neighborhood of Center City.[4]

Political career[edit]

Bailey, a longtime registered Democrat, switched her party affiliation to the Republican Party in early 2015.[2][1]

In 2015, Bailey, who had never run for public office before, filed her candidacy for Mayor of Philadelphia, becoming the only Republican to enter in the 2015 mayoral race.[4] She was unopposed in the Republican mayoral primary election, which was held on May 19, 2015.[4][5]

Melissa Murray Bailey faced Democrat Jim Kenney, a longtime member of the Philadelphia City Council, in the general election on November 3, 2015.[5] She lost getting 13 percent of the votes to her opponents 85 percent, the largest gap ever in the city's mayoral elections where registered Republicans make up only 11% of Philadelphia voters.[6][7]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 "Melissa Murray Bailey". Linkedin.com. 2018. Retrieved 2018-11-09.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Rudeman, Wendy (March 30, 2015). "The Interview: Melissa Murray Bailey, Philly's only Republican mayoral candidate". Philadelphia Daily News. Retrieved 2015-11-02.
  3. Reyes, Juliana (November 2, 2015). "Mayoral hopeful Melissa Murray Bailey wants to attract tech giants to Philadelphia". Technically Philly. Retrieved 2015-11-02.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Dunn, Mike (March 11, 2015). "Political Unknown Becomes GOP's Only Candidate in Philadelphia Mayoral Race". KYW-TV. Retrieved 2015-11-02.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Hepp, Chris (May 20, 2015). "Landslide: Kenney romps in Philly mayor's race". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2015-11-02.
  6. http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20151106_Why_Melissa_Murray_Bailey_didn_t_clobber_Jim_Kenney.html?mobi=true
  7. Registered Dems still outnumber Republicans 7 to 1

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