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City Council District 7

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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    Maria Quinones Sanchez
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

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

Financial disclosures, published voting records, and prohibitions against outside employment will make City Hall more transparent, accessible, and responsible to voters by ensuring that legislators commit their full-time attention to voters.

Since the day I took office, I have led City Council through major changes in the way that our government serves and inform neighbors, from my “Freshman 15” package of good governance reforms to my voter-approved amendment to the City Charter requiring that every government agency provide language access to all Philadelphians.