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City Council District 9

The Home Rule Charter established the City Council as the legislative arm of Philadelphia government. Ten members of the City Council are elected by district and represent a section of the city. Each Councilperson must be at least 25 years old, US citizens, and a resident of Philadelphia for at least one year. Each Councilperson is elected for a term of four years with no term limits. Council members are responsible for introducing and passing bills that directly impact the quality of life for Philadelphians. Public City Council meeting are held weekly. Passage of a bill requires the favorable vote of a majority of all members of Council. A bill becomes law upon the approval of the Mayor. If the Mayor vetoes a bill, Council may override the veto by a two-thirds vote.

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    Cherelle Parker

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What reform do you believe is most important to making City Hall more transparent, accessible and responsive to voters?

The most important thing that any elected official, but particularly a City Council person, can do to make City Hall more transparent, accessible and responsive is to seriously embody those qualities every day, not just during the election season. Voters and all of our constituents must be treated with deep respect. This means excellent constituent services that includes prompt return of calls and effective problem-solving. On a more communal level it means holding regular community-based briefings on key legislative and policy initiatives at locations within the community, not just downtown. This is something I have done since I became a State Legislator in 2005, and now as the 9th District City Councilperson. During budget season I hold community briefings, and at other times I hold Town Meetings. One can't be accessible in an ivory tower and a political official can not be responsive if she doesn't take the time to listen to the concerns and needs of the people who elected her.