The second-term city councilmember represents the city’s 9th District, which consists of the northwest and northeast neighborhoods of Mount Airy (where Parker and her family reside), West Oak Lane, East Oak Lane, Olney, Lawncrest, Lawndale, Burholme and Oxford Circle. She is City Council’s majority leader.
At age 17, Parker began a 15-year stint working for Philadelphia City Councilwoman Marian B. Tasco. (Fellow candidate and former Councilmember Derek Green worked for Tasco, too.) She later became the youngest African American woman elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, where she served 10 years.
As a member of Council, Parker served as chair of the Labor and Civil Service Committee and vice chair of the Committee on Commerce and Economic Development. She is the first woman to chair the board of the Delaware River Port Authority, and is known as a champion of labor.
Here’s what else we know about Cherelle Parker
- SHE WANTED TO CREATE JOBS in her second term, and partnered with the Community College of Philadelphia to establish the small business training program, Power Up Your Business.
- PARKER HAS CHAMPIONED HOME FIXES TO HELP STABILIZE NEIGHBORHOODS. She and Council President Darrell Clarke developed Restore, Repair, Renew to help homeowners access low-interest home improvement loans. She is also credited with increasing the Realty Transfer Tax by .1 percent in order to borrow $100 in bonds to eliminate backlog within income-based home repair programs.
- SHE SOUGHT TO PROTECT NEIGHBORHOODS FROM EFFECTS OF DEVELOPMENT by creating a bill that requires them to complete a Project Information Form to let neighbors know about the environmental and other impacts of their proposed projects in communities.
- SHE CHAMPIONED THE NEIGHBORHOOD SAFTEY AND COMMUNITY POLICING PLAN, which calls for adding 300 beat and bike police officers to the force, tackling quality of life issues, and increasing community engagement. She also backed up Council President Clarke’s call to reinstate stop-and-frisk, legally.
- SHE CALLED OUT KENNEY DIRECTLY AFTER HIS JULY 4 COMMENTS about being tired of gun violence. Later, she publicly recounted telling him that, “If you can feel this way, imagine how Philadelphians who don’t have the ability to check out feel on a daily basis.” She also referred to Kenney’s statement as “asinine.”
- SHE HAS BEEN VOCAL ABOUT THE SODA TAX‘S disproportionate impact on communities of color.
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