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At-Large councilmembers are elected by citywide popular vote and no political party can have more than five at-large seats.

Our City Council has 25 standing committees, including Labor and Civil Service, Ethics, Children and Youth, and Aging.

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Who’s Running for City Council?

Learn about all the candidates running for City Council during the Philadelphia general election on November 5

Learn about all the candidates running for City Council during the Philadelphia general election on November 5

Remember back in May, when every single person in Philadelphia was running for City Council? (Not really, but it felt like it.) Well, for good or bad, that contingent of candidates is now at a manageable size—which means you can spend a little more time getting to know who’s on the ballot, and what they’re about.

As a reminder: Voters get to pick five candidates for Council-at-Large, and one candidate in their district—those in which there is a choice, anyway.

Seven at-large members will eventually take a seat on the city’s legislative body, with two set aside for a minority party politician—a non-Democrat, given the huge registration discrepancy in Philly.

Usually, that has meant two Republicans. This year, of the seven third party candidates on the ballot, one—Kendra Brooks of the Working Families Party—might just have a shot. 

All of which is to say: In a city where the Democratic primary tends to decide things like who our next mayor is, it might not feel like this election matters. But it does. Don’t you want a say in who makes our laws and decides how to spend our money? Yes, you do.

Check out our guide to who’s running for City Council in the November 5 general election below. Or skip ahead to …

At-Large Democrats | At-Large Republicans | At-Large Independents | District 1 | District 2 | District 3 | District 4 | District 5 | District 6 | District 7 | District 8District 9District 10 |

At-Large Democrats

Allan Domb, Incumbent

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Longtime Center City “Condo King” Allan Domb is a first-term Councilmember who has also been one of the most newsworthy the last four years. He has been the loudest voice of fiscal responsibility on Council, particularly during the scandal last year over the City’s missing $33 million, and has been a citywide proponent of financial literacy education in schools. (He also donates his salary to the school district.) Domb favors City Council term limits and is rumored to be considering a run for Mayor in four years—assuming he is first re-elected in 2019.

“As he seeks a second term, Allan looks forward to building on the progress and accountability he has fought for on City Council and to working with constituents to build a Philadelphia in which everyone can succeed,” Domb says on Facebook.

Money in campaign coffers: $176,425

Endorsements: Democratic City Committee; Philadelphia 3.0; PhillySetGo; several politicians, including Gov. Tom Wolf and Rep. Dwight Evans; Philadelphia Interfaith Coalition; several unions, including Transport Workers Local Union 234.

Learn more about the candidate here, and watch the Committee of Seventy interview here.

Derek S. Green, Incumbent

Photo: Twitter

A former staffer to Councilmember Marian Tasco, Derek Green is a first term at-large councilman who also worked in the City’s law department, and as an Assistant District Attorney. He and his wife are advocates for people with autism, and fundraisers for Autism Speaks. In Council, Green has introduced legislation around tourism, medical marijuana dispensaries, and to increase penalties for short dumping. Recently, he has tried to push for local election reform, including public funding of campaigns.

“I will continue to provide the leadership that is necessary to better represent the values and priorities of the people of Philadelphia,” he says on Facebook.

Money in campaign coffers: $45,700 (as of October 25)

Endorsements: Democratic City Committee; 5th Ward; PA Young Democrats; PFT; Millenials In Action PAC; Philadelphia 3.0

Learn more about the candidate here, watch them on Committee of Seventy here and on PhillyCAM here.

Helen Gym, Incumbent

Photo: Twitter

Before being elected to her first term to City Council as a grassroots candidate four years ago, Helen Gym was best known as a public school advocate, who co-founded Parents United for Public Education and the Philadelphia Public School Notebook. Though Gym has said she is against new charter schools in the city, she is also a founder of a charter school—Folk Arts Cultural Treasure School in Chinatown. Gym has also been an advocate for the city’s Asian-American population, helping to shape policy on behalf of Asian-American students after a series of racial incidents at South Philadelphia High School, and fighting against proposals to put both a stadium and a casino in Chinatown. A progressive voice on Council, she has worked towards better pay and fairer hours for workers, tenant rights, reducing youth homelessness and better staffing in schools.

“I’m running for City Council at-large because Philadelphia needs a proven champion who won’t stop fighting for parents, families and working people everywhere. Together, let’s make 2019 our political moment,” she says.

Money in campaign coffers: $35,385 (as of October 25)

Endorsements: Democratic City Committee; Reclaim Philadelphia; 5th Square; RePoint; Philadelphia NOW; Philadelphia Inquirer.

Learn more about the candidate here.

Katherine Gilmore Richardson

Vice president of the Young Philly Democrats and former chief of staff to Councilmember Blondell Reynolds Brown, Katherine Gilmore Richardson has deep inside knowledge about how Council works. Under Brown, she helped work on what she calls “quality of life” bills for seniors, families and children. She is running on the campaign issues of education, gun violence, food insecurity, housing instability and living wage.

“Education, gun violence, food insecurity, housing instability, living wage—the list goes on and on. We have a moral obligation to treat each of these challenges with the urgency they deserve,” she told Philly Mag.

Money in campaign coffers: $44,000 (as of October 25)

Endorsements: Democratic City Committee; several unions, including PFT; Run for Something; She Can Win; Philly Set Go, Philadelphia NOW, Philadelphia Inquirer.

Learn more about the candidate here and read more about them here.

Isaiah Thomas

Photo: Isaiah Thomas

Isaiah Thomas, who is running for Council for the third time, is the executive director of Philadelphia Freedom Schools and head basketball coach at Sankofa Freedom Academy Charter Schools. He says he’s running because he believes that the quality of life for the average citizen has not gotten better and that local government does not address the needs of the city’s young people. Thomas advocates for improving school infrastructure, increasing extracurricular activities and creating changes in-school curriculum to better prepare students for higher education. He also hopes to address criminal justice reform and foster economic development through incentive programs and work-readiness programs.

“I’m running for City Council at-large because I see myself as a champion for poor people and people of color in Philadelphia,” he said in an interview with Philly Mag.

Money in campaign coffers: $83,000 (as of October 25)

Endorsements: Democratic City Committee, Reclaim Philadelphia, several unions including AFL-CIO and Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, Millenials in Action, One PA Philly, Philadelphia Young Dems, Philly Set Go, State Rep. Chris Rabb, Pennsylvania Working Families

Learn more about the candidate here, read more here and here, and watch him on Committee of Seventy here.

At-Large Republicans

Bill Heeney

Bill Heeney is a businessman from the Northeast who is currently serving as the ward leader for the 62nd ward. He caused a stir last year for sharing some racist posts on Facebook, which have now been taken down. Heeney wants to lower taxes and support local businesses, as well as audit the School District of Philadelphia. He is against the construction of safe-injection sites, and wants to end Philadelphia’s status as a sanctuary city.

“We’re on our way to better days ahead,” he told the Northeast Times in November.

Money in Campaign coffers: $21,000 (as of October 25)

Endorsements: N/A

Find out more about the candidate here.

David Oh, incumbent

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David Oh was the first Asian-American member of City Council when he was elected in 2012 as one of two Republicans on the body. A veteran, he’s passionate about legislation that benefits vets and first responders. He has also been an advocate for small businesses, creating the Philly Neighborhood Small Business Council. At times, Oh has been accused of commandeering Council for hearings related to issues he himself is facing—as when he put the city’s child welfare system under inspection after he was falsely accused of child abuse when his son was injured in a martial arts lesson.

Money in campaign coffers: $167,000

Endorsements: N/A

Find out more about the candidate here, here, and here.

Al Taubenberger, incumbent

Photo: City Council

A first-term councilmember, Al Taubenberger serves on more committees than any other of his colleagues. Before joining Council in 2016, he was the chair of the Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. Taubenberger wants to increase education funding, support local businesses, stop raising property taxes and improve infrastructure.

“Our city can’t succeed unless Philadelphia businesses succeed. I am going to do everything I can as Councilman At-Large to grow our local economy and provide good paying jobs to all Philadelphians,” he said.

Money in campaign coffers: $0

Endorsements: Teamsters Local 830, Philadelphia Firefighters and Paramedics Union IAFF Local #22

Find out more about the candidate here.

Daniel Tinney

A Philly native and Northeast resident, Dan Tinney also ran for Council in 2015, when he drew some attention for mailers advocating for the City to start working more closely with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He has a business degree and a background in financial planning. Now he works with the Steamfitters Union. Tinney, who has the support of the Fraternal Order of Police, has campaigned against District Attorney Larry Krasner pushing “liberal policies over public safety.” His main campaign issues are fiscal management, ending corruption, ending sanctuary city policies and improved public safety.

“Dan looks at things like the normal person he is … not a politician. He knows City government doesn’t work for taxpayers. He knows there’s too much corruption and too many backroom deals. And he knows we can do better,” Tinney’s campaign website says.

Money in campaign coffers: $0

Endorsements: State Rep. Martina White; Fraternal Order of Police; Philly GOP; Philadelphia Inquirer.

Learn more about the candidate here.

Matt Wolfe

A former deputy attorney general who worked as chief counsel of the state Department of Labor and Industry under Gov. Tom Ridge, Matt Wolfe also ran for Council in 2015. He is a longtime community organizer in West Philadelphia and chairman of the University City Republican Committee. Wolfe’s platform focuses on tax and pension reform, an end to Philly’s sanctuary city status and councilmanic prerogative. He also wants to combat the opiate epidemic—but not with safe injection sites. Wolfe is also in favor of Council term limits and pledges not to run for reelection.

“If I win, I will serve one term,” Wolfe told The Citizen in 2015. “I will not seek reelection. I’ll compromise, but in the interest of the city. Not in order to get reelected.”

Money in campaign coffers: $0 (as of October 25)

Endorsements: N/A

Learn more about the candidate here.

At-Large Independents

Kendra Brooks, Working Families Party

Photo: Kendra Brooks

Nicetown native Kendra Brooks worked her way through college, eventually going on to earn her MBA—all while managing single motherhood. As an activist, she led the fight against Mastery Charter Schools, taking over her neighborhood elementary school. She is running with one goal in mind: Republicans out, Working Families in.

“I am running because I believe Philadelphia can be a city where everyone has access to an affordable home, where every neighborhood has a quality public school, where one job is enough to support a family. To get there, we need a bold City Council that will fight for working people,” Brooks says.

Money in campaign coffers: $187,000 (as of October 25)

Endorsements: Senator Elizabeth Warren, State Sen. Chris Rabb, Councilmember Helen Gym, Philadelphia Inquirer, Unite Here Philadelphia, Progressive Change Campaign Committee, several unions (among others).

Learn more about the candidate here.

Steve Cherniavsky, Term Limits Party

A first-generation American, Steve Cherniavsky recalls watching his family work tirelessly to reach middle-class comfort after moving to the U.S. Now, after graduating from Rutgers University with a degree in engineering, and successfully climbing the ladder into America’s middle class, he says he wants to bring his perspective to City Council for his idea of a better Philadelphia.

“I believe that the key to fighting these same tired issues, is to stop the same tired politicians from continuing to focus on their endless re-election campaigns, and instead focus on solving these difficult issues,” he says.

Money in campaign coffers: $20 (as of October 25)

Endorsements: N/A

Learn more about the candidate here.

Sherrie Cohen, A Better Council Party

Sherrie Cohen put her name in, and then dropped out of the primary before getting her name on the ballot this time around with an unknown “Better Council Party.” She says she wants an end to mass incarceration, displacement due to gentrification, and the 10-year property tax abatement, and expand tenant rights, access to low-income housing, wages for union workers, funding for our schools and libraries and the green economy.

“Together, we are working with other activists to create a transformational vision for collective liberation, a campaign platform that addresses the urgency and scale of the needs of our communities, and a grassroots participatory citywide campaign that will build the power of our movements for justice,” Cohen says.

Money in campaign coffers: $0 (as of October 25)

Endorsements: Sierra Club; Philadelphia Gay News

Learn more about the candidate here.

Joe Cox, Independent Party

As a former bike messenger for over seven years, Joe Cox knows firsthand just how dangerous Philly’s streets can be. Making safer streets his first priority, Cox is looking to clean up our roads and make them accessible for everyone. He also wants to end the stop-and-frisk policy that he believes is another act of racist policing, protect green spaces with the hope of moving towards a greener, more sustainable Philadelphia, and legalize and regulate cannabis to bring in city revenue for our communities, public schools, libraries, recreation centers and treatment centers.

“I’m running for City Council at-large because we deserve a more equitable Philadelphia. We need a Philadelphia that looks out for its workers and street citizens like it does the 1 percent,” Cox states at the public forum held at Tattooed Mom, a progressive bar located on South Street.

Money in campaign coffers: $2,100 (as of October 25)

Endorsements: PFC Philly for Change; Maryland for Bernie Sanders; Movement for a People’s Party; Our Revolution PA; Norml South Philly; Rep. Michael Doyle.

Learn more about the candidate here.

Clarc King, Independent

A Philly resident, Clarc King sees the ways he believes Philly needs to change for the better, so he’s running on the platform of serving the city of Philadelphia first. As a political opposition writer, King has a thorough understanding of the political world and is looking to incite change this upcoming election.

“l am campaigning for recognition of the plight of the underpaid, overworked, workers, for affordable housing, the rising costs of living and the unrelenting purchase of the Public Domain by the Private Sector,” writes King on his social media page.

Money in campaign coffers: $3,000 (as of October 25)

Endorsements: N/A

Learn more about the candidate here.

Nicolas O’Rourke, Working Families Party

When he isn’t campaigning for City Council at-large, Rev. Nicolas O’Rourke is the pastor of the Living Water United Church of Christ. As a community organizer in Philly with POWER, an interfaith organization working towards building communities of opportunity, O’Rourke has dedicated his time and efforts into dismantling the system of mass incarceration, police brutality and combating Islamophobia. A self-proclaimed “sacred activist,” O’Rourke says he contends for the rights of the people, aided by his faith and devotion.

“My issue platform comes from the People’s Platform which was created by a coalition of community organizations, labor, activists and concerned citizens (including me). These are the policy prescriptions that we developed as a diverse coalition with the intent of best outlining the needs of the people of Philadelphia. These are the issues that I intend to work on as a member of the Philadelphia City Council.” O’Rourke states on his website.

Money in campaign coffers: $0 (as of October 25)

Endorsements: Sunrise Movement Philadelphia; Reclaim Philadelphia; Clean Water Action; several unions, including AFSCME District 1199c and DC 47; several elected officials, including Rep. Chris Rabb, Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler and Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell, and others.

Learn more about the candidate here.

Maj Toure, Libertarian Party

Some might say his path towards civil justice began after he was featured on the cover of Philadelphia Weekly as “the Prophet of Philadelphia.” An advocate for Second Amendment education rights within black neighborhoods, Maj Toure is founder of Black Guns Matters. 

“We’ve allowed the Left to paint us as uncaring about the trauma and the damage that goes on in cities like Philadelphia, Detroit, and Chicago, but the answer is truly conflict resolution and not more legislation,” Toure said during the CAPA 2020 (Conservative Political Action Conference).

Money in campaign coffers: N/A

Endorsements: N/A

Learn more about the candidate here.

District 1 Candidates

Mark Squilla (D), incumbent

Mark Squilla has represented the district that stretches from South Philly, through parts of Center City to Port Richmond since 2011. A longtime community activist and Democratic party leader, he worked for 25 years for the state auditor general’s office. Squilla, known for his robust constituent services—including generous contributions from campaign and discretionary funds to organizations in his district—is one of the most prolific contributors of vacant land to the city’s Land Bank. Recently, he proposed legislation that would scuttle a proposed safe injection site in Kensington. He has also attempted—with mixed results—to push through lifestyle changes, such as making bathrooms gender-neutral, putting restrictions on music venues and banning paper bags.

Money in campaign coffers: $0

Endorsements: Democratic City Committee

Find out more about the candidate here.

Daniel Orsino (R)

A millennial factory worker and LGBTQ candidate, Daniel Orsino says that he wants to bring more of those voices to City Council. His main issues are tackling poverty, school reform and the HIV/AIDS crisis.

“I care about people. I’m just tired of people getting stepped on,” Orsino told the Philadelphia Gay News. “I’m tired of seeing the same rich people, both political parties, doing the same thing over and over. The whole reason I’m doing this is because I want to help people like myself.”

Money in campaign coffers: $985 (as of October 25)

Endorsements: N/A

Learn more about the candidate here.

District 2 Candidates

Kenyatta Johnson (D), incumbent

Photo: City Council

Kenyatta Johnson, a former state representative and founder of anti-violence group Peace Not Guns, has represented the 2nd District—encompassing parts of Center City and South Philly from Southwest through Point Breeze and the Airport—since 2012. Raised in Point Breeze, his campaign slogan is “From Here. For Here.” On Council, he has spearheaded efforts to expand tax relief programs for longtime homeowners and to raise the minimum wage for airport workers. He has, throughout his tenure, also faced criticism—and legal battles—over vacant land sales in his district, including two in the last year that he directed to a friend.

“I want to make sure everyone shares equally in the opportunities we’re creating in this city, and I want to make sure we’re giving the next generation of Philadelphians a chance to succeed and make positive, healthy choices,” Johnson says.

Money in campaign coffers: $35,000

Endorsements: Democratic City Committee; 2nd Ward; 8th Ward; Philadelphia Inquirer

You can learn more about the candidate here.

Michael Bradley (R)

After finishing school in 2014, Michael Bradley helped to set up a community organization in Grays Ferry, then went on to help form community organizations in Southwest and North Philly. Since then, he has remained engaged in working with several local community organizations, as well as participating on the local zoning board.

“City Council district staff cannot effectively service the entire district, which is where neighborhood organizations help fill in the gaps,” Bradley wrote to the editors of the South Philly Review.

Money in campaign coffers: $0

Endorsements: Republican City Committee

Learn more about the candidate here.

District 3 Candidates

Jamie Gauthier (D)

The former executive director of the Fairmount Park Conservancy and Sustainable Business Network, Jamie Gauthier upset Jannie Blackwell in the primary, toppling a four-decade family dynasty in West Philadelphia. She was one of the driving forces behind Council adopting a tax credit for businesses, like B Corps, that extend their mission to a triple bottom line: people, planet and profits; and she raised millions for the park system. Part of The Citizen New Blood series, Gauthier plans to bring an environmental focus to Council. She’s also running on issues such as tackling gentrification, poverty and climate change

“I’m running because we can do a much better job in the District and across the city empowering people in communities by connecting them to opportunity. My whole career has been about connecting people to opportunity, and City Council is a way to do that on a bigger scale,” Gauthier told The Citizen.

Endorsements: Conservation Voters of PA, Second Generation PAC, Philadelphia 3.0, 5th Square, Philly Set Go, Ascend, and RePoint

Learn more about the candidate here and here.

District 4 Candidates

Curtis Jones Jr. (D)

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The third0term councilmember represents parts of West and Northwest Philadelphia, where he grew up. According to him, his biggest accomplishments include Council legislation that led to the charter change to make the Commission on African American Males a permanent city department, amendments to the “Ban the Box” legislation that prevents employers from asking about criminal background, and a bill that gives police officers discretion to let offenders go with a warning for minor issues.

“Working together, ordinary people can do extraordinary things,” he says in his newsletter.

Money in campaign coffers: $55,000

Endorsements: Democratic City Committee; Black Clergy of Philadelphia; RePoint; several unions, including PFT

Learn more about the candidate here.

Matt Baltsar (L)

A tech consultant, Baltsar was inspired to take action after the 2016 election and get involved right here in his own city. Wanting to further elicit change outside of the two governing parties, Baltsar saw himself making the most change in the Libertarian party, where he is now serving in his third term as chair of LP Philly.

“I want to see an end to the corruption and cronyism in City Hall. I want to reduce all forms of government burdens to encourage more people to live, work, and start businesses in Philly. I want to elect candidates with a desire for good government, not backroom deals and special favors.” Baltsar writes.

Money in campaign coffers: $600

Endorsements: N/A

Learn more about the candidate here.

Karla Cruel (I)

Lawyer, educator, mentor, community leader and West Philly native Karla Cruel is a graduate of Drexel University’s Thomas Kline School of Law and St. Joseph’s University,. She has devoted herself to community involvement—even acting as a charter school board member. Cruel is working towards involving the community in policy-making and accessibility so everyone can have a voice, on reforming housing, joblessness and education quality within Philly.

“Your Voice. Your Participation. Your Presence. It is the only way… to turn this city around. I am seeking to represent you. I am not just asking for your vote, I am asking you to take a journey with me to become a city which models democracy for the rest of this country.” Cruel writes to voters on her website.

Money in campaign coffer: $7,500

Learn more the candidates here.

District 5 Candidates

Darrell Clarke (D), incumbent

Darrell Clarke has represented a district that encompasses some of Philadelphia’s poorest neighborhoods, in North Philadelphia, and some of its richest, in Center City, since 1999, when John Street became mayor. As Council president since 2012, he is the most powerful politician in the city, and has not had a challenger since 2011. Clarke has pushed for housing reforms to help low-income residents, was critical in establishing the Land Bank and the Philadelphia Energy Authority, and has at times curbed Mayor Kenney’s propensity for raising taxes. He also has the ability to stand in the way of change, as when he refused to schedule hearings in 2015 on the possible sale of Philadelphia Gas Works, which could have brought $1.8 billion to the city.

Money in campaign coffers: $101,000

Endorsements: Democratic City Committee

Learn more about the candidate here.

District 6 Candidates

Bobby Henon (D), incumbent

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Bobby Henon, a friend and employee of Electricians Union chief John Dougherty, has represented his Northeast district since 2012. This year, he was indicted for using his office to do Dougherty’s bidding, including directing Licenses and Inspections to put a halt on the non-union installation of a diagnostic machine at Children’s Hospital. He has said he will not step down, and no one is challenging him.

Money in campaign coffers: $0

Endorsements: Democratic City Committee

Learn more about the candidate here.

Pete Smith (R)

Pete Smith, former president of the Tacony Civic Association, is a founder of the Northeast Philly Block Captain Coalition. A Wharton grad, he manages a Fleet Management Sales and Service Company. He has highlighted integrity in his campaign—a nod to his opponent, who is under indictment for using his office to do union work (see above). Unlike most candidates, Smith thinks the public school budget is too high; he supports the expansion of charter schools, with better oversight. He wants to repeal the soda tax, Philly’s sanctuary city status, and end its plan to open a safe-injection site.

“Nothing changes if nothing changes,” Smith says on his website.

Money in campaign coffers: $387

Endorsements: Republican City Committee

Learn more about the candidate here and here.

District 7 Candidates

Maria Quiñones-Sánchez (D), incumbent

Maria Quiñones-Sánchez has represented the poorest district in the city, in North Philadelphia, since 2008, when she became the first Latina to serve as a district councilperson. A controversial figure, she has won every race without the backing of the Democratic Party—making her the rare incumbent who has never been part of the Democratic machine. A vocal proponent of councilmanic prerogative, Quiñones-Sánchez also helped create the city’s Land Bank. Despite the bottling plants in her district, she voted against the soda tax (and is working to repeal it). She has sponsored legislation to reduce taxes for small businesses, and help poor residents with their bills. Her district is the center of the opioid epidemic, and she has continuously tussled with Mayor Kenney over what she sees as a slow City response to the crisis.

Money in campaign coffers: $0

Endorsements: Several individual politicians, including members of Council; several unions, including AFSCME District Council 33; Campaign for Working Families; Liberty City Democratic Club; One Pennsylvania; Philadelphia 3.0; Philadelphia NOW.

Learn more about the candidate here.

District 8 Candidates

Cindy Bass (D), incumbent

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Cindy Bass is a two-term councilmember in Northwest Philadelphia who has focused much of her efforts on quality-of-life issues, like trash, park and library access and community building. Her motto—“We Are the Office of YES”—is an invitation for constituents to call for assistance on issues in their communities.

Money in campaign coffers: $70,000

Endorsements: Democratic City Committee

Learn more about the candidate here.

Greg Paulmier (I)

Greg Paulmier has lived in Germantown for over 60 years, and has long been involved in community organizing to reinvent the neighborhood in a positive way. He has experience working with the Chestnut Hill Community Association, Neighbors Against the Gas Plant and is the former president of the Wissahickon Boys and Girls Club Advisory Board. Paulmier is running on the issues of providing cleaner neighborhoods, funding in public schools, and addressing safety in our communities by taking on gun violence.

“I have spent my life creating housing and jobs for families in Germantown, working to improve the neighborhood I’ve grown up in. Having served as a Democratic Committee Person and Ward Leader for over 30 years, my experience in organizing and leadership has prepared me for this important opportunity.” Greg Paulmier states

Money in campaign coffers: $1885

Learn more about the candidate here.

District 9 Candidates

Cherelle Parker (D), incumbent

Cherelle Parker, a first-term councilmember in the Northwest and Northeast, was previously a state rep—the youngest African-American woman elected in state history. On Council, she has worked on housing and development policies to benefit low-income residents and on policies to help small businesses in the city.

Money in campaign coffers: $0

Endorsements: Democratic City Committee

Learn more about the candidate here.

District 10 Candidates

Judy Moore (D)

Photo: Facebook

Chief strategy officer for Garces events catering group, Judy Moore entered the race to challenge sitting Northeast Republican Councilmember Brian O’Neill, who was first elected in 1979—the year she was born. Moore, who was inspired to become civically engaged after the Democratic National Convention in Philly, is a 2017 graduate of Emerge PA, an organization that provides training for women running for political office. Moore was a small business owner, the child of a mother who struggled with substance abuse, and is the wife of a Philly cop—all experiences she says has shaped her policies. Her platform addresses tools and training for police, funding for public schools, government accountability and better treatment options for those addicted to opioids.

Money in campaign coffers: $8,900

Endorsements: Philadelphia 3.0; Democratic City Committee; several unions, including Local Boilermakers 13 and Transport Workers Local 234.

Learn more about the candidate here.

Brian O’Neill (R), incumbent

Photo: Twitter

Brian O’Neill, the minority leader on Council, is more or less a lifer: He’s serving his 10th term representing the Northeast neighborhoods of Bustleton, Somerton, Pennypack and Parkwood. He is past president of the National League of Cities and the Pennsylvania Municipal League.

Money in campaign coffers: $626,000

Endorsements: Republican City Committee

Learn more about the candidate here.

Alyssa Biederman and Kiersten A. Adams contributed reporting to this guide.

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