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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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.
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