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City Council District 10

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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    Judy Moore

  • Brian O'Neill

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

There are many things we can do to make city hall more transparent, accessible and responsive to voters. I believe introducing term limits, reforming councilmanic prerogative, and changing campaign finance laws will all significantly contribute to cleaning up corruption and lead to more active citizen participation in government.

By changing campaign finance laws, we make seeking elected office more achievable for “ordinary” citizens. By enacting term limits, we ensure new ideas and fresh thinking, thereby engaging voters and creating change. By reforming councilmanic prerogative we take away opportunities for unethical behavior and promote the democratic process. While there are many opportunities for improvement in City Hall, these are reforms that can happen and will make a difference once implemented.
The City should increase its level of transparency in land-sale transactions.