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Who is Running for City Council?

We’ve got your list of every candidate vying for a seat on Philadelphia City Council

Who is Running for City Council?

We’ve got your list of every candidate vying for a seat on Philadelphia City Council

On November 7 — Election Day 2023 — all 17 seats on Philadelphia City Council are up for grabs: 10 geography-based district seats and seven at-large seats. Democratic and Republican Philadelphia voters had their first chance to choose their candidates in the May primary.

In the general election on November 7, Democratic and Republican primary winners will run against each other and against third-party candidates such as the Working Families Party’s Kendra Brooks and Nicolas O’Rourke.



(Choose up to five.)


At-large incumbents running for their jobs again are: Kendra Brooks (Working Families Party / WP), Katherine Gilmore Richardson (Democrat / D), Jim Harrity (D, chosen in 2022 by special election) and Isaiah Thomas (D).



District incumbents looking to go another round are: Mark Squilla (D), Kenyatta Johnson (D), Jamie Gauthier (D), Curtis Jones Jr. (D), Mike Driscoll (D), Quetcy Lozada (D, special election), Anthony Phillips (D, special election), Cindy Bass (D) and Brian O’Neill (R).


(Choose up to five.)

Rules dictate that a minimum of two at-large seats on City Council go to members of the non-majority party.

After decades of those two minority seats belonging to Republicans, in 2019, Kendra Brooks of the Working Families Party took an at-large seat. This year, with at-large Republican David Oh having resigned from Council in order to run for mayor, another minority seat is up for grabs — and another WFP candidate is racing Republicans to wants to occupy it.



Ahmad is a former Deputy Mayor for Public Engagement (the City of Philadelphia office that works on community outreach and engagement), where she launched the Commission on Women. She’s currently state president of the National Organization for Women (NOW) and formerly a member of the National Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders under President Barack Obama. Ahmad ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor in 2018 and state auditor general in 2020. She says her highest priority is addressing gun violence as a public health issue, for both the physical and the psychological traumas it causes.

At age 21, Ahmad immigrated to the U.S. from Bangladesh and earned a PhD in chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania. She lives with her family in Mt. Airy and served for nine years on the board of the Philadelphia Foundation. This would be her first time holding elected office.

Endorsements: Philadelphia Democratic City Committee3.14 Action Fund, AAWPI, AFSCME DC 33 and 1739, API PA, Black Clergy of Philadelphia, IBEW 98, IUPAT DC 21, National Organization for Women (Philadelphia chapter), Philadelphia Building & Construction Trades Council, Sheet Metal Workers’ Local 19, Sierra Club, South Asians for America, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Philadelphia Tribune; Brendan Boyle, Dwight Evans, Art Haywood, Vincent Hughes, Kenyatta Johnson, Curtis Jones Jr., Darisha Parker

Money raised, as of 6/5/2023: $606,422

Campaign / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter


In 2020, Gilmore Richardson became the youngest woman to hold citywide office and youngest Black woman to serve on City Council. She’d previously served as chief of staff to Councilmember Blondell Reynolds Brown, spending 11 years as a legislative aide, and as vice president of the Philadelphia Young Democrats. On Council, she’s known for her efforts toward transparency and collaboration. Her legislative successes include giving grades of career technical education programs in the School District preference in civil service examinations (and therefore easier access to City jobs), requiring public hearings for labor contracts for the Philadelphia Police Department, instituting conflict resolution training in public schools, and advocating for sustainable investing in the pension fund. She is the lone Pennsylvanian to serve on the Local Government Advisory Committee for the EPA.

Gilmore Richardson lives with her three children and husband in Wynnefield. She has told The Citizen that Philly’s most pressing issues are “poverty, education and public safety.”

Endorsements: Democratic City Committee, Reclaim Philadelphia, Philly 3.0

Money raised as of 6/5/23: $325,052

CampaignFacebookInstagramTwitter / From City Council

JIM HARRITY (Incumbent by special election in 2022)

During a November 2022 special election, voters elected Harrity — with 80 percent of the vote on the ballot with Republican Drew Murray and Libertarian Poetica Bey — to City Council to replace Allan Domb, who resigned to run for mayor. Harrity came to politics as executive director of the Office of State Senator Sharif Street, political director of the Philadelphia Democratic Party — right-hand to Party Chairman and former Congressman Bob Brady — and more recently became the political director of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party under Street. In Council, he introduced a bill to expand protections under the city’s existing Life Partnership ordinance to protect individuals regardless of gender, and joined Mike Driscoll in introducing a resolution for the City to enact its own minimum wage laws.

Harrity lives with his partner and their children in Kensington and is passionate about helping neighbors, including children and people struggling with addiction.

Endorsements: Democratic City Committee

Money raised as of 5/19/23: $209,275

Facebook / Instagram / TwitterFrom City Council


Landau is a fair housing activist and attorney who worked at Community Legal Services for more than 10 years and spent 12 years in city government, as the director of both the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations (PCHR) and the Fair Housing Commission (FHC). She has taught housing law at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law, was until recently the director of law and policy at the Philadelphia Bar Association, and is generally considered well-liked and connected in government circles. A member of the LGBTQ+ community, Landau (and her partner) received the first same-sex marriage license in Pennsylvania and reside with their family in Bella Vista.

Although no stranger to City Hall, this would be Landau’s first time holding elected office.

Endorsements: Democratic City Committee, LGBTQ+ Victory Fund, Working Families Party, Amistad Movement Power

Money raised as of 6/5/23: $386,038

Campaign / Instagram / Twitter / Facebook

ISAIAH THOMAS (1-term Incumbent)

Thomas chairs Council’s Streets and Education Committees and vice chairs the Children and Youth Committee. The East Oak Lane dad’s most talked-about achievement in City Hall was sponsoring the Driving Equality bill, which bans police from making traffic stops for minor offenses like a broken tail light. Thomas introduced a Citizen Watchdog bill to pay residents for reporting quality-of-life issues and joined Councilmember Richardson in creating a $1 Illuminate the Arts grant to give $1,000 to $25,000 to local artists.

He has rallied against gun violence and its outcomes on children — he’s a former athletic director at Sankofa Freedom Academy, former president of the Coaches Association for Public League Boys Basketball, director of community affairs for the Controller’s office, and the co-founder of an end-of-summer camp for at-risk youth. Thomas hosts an annual Black-owned business crawl. He sees a dangerous dichotomy between the business community and low-income Philadelphians, one that affects his top priorities of poverty, affordable housing, gun violence and public education.

Endorsements: Democratic City Committee, Working Families Party, Amistad Movement Power, Philly 3.0

Money raised as of 12/31/22: $76,203

Campaign / Twitter / Facebook / Instagram / From City Council



Jim Hasher is a Realtor, real estate agency owner, and the owner-operator of Jimmy’s Timeout Sports Pub in Torresdale. His leadership in youth athletics includes serving on the PA Athletic Commission, presiding over the Torresdale Boys Club, founding a local AAU basketball program, coaching for Torresdale and St. Katherine of Siena, and fundraising for Philly boxers. He’s also been the 65th Ward Leader and a 1994 candidate for the 3rd Congressional District.

Hasher’s top priorities are combating gun violence with improved law enforcement, bringing small businesses back to Philadelphia, and tackling the opioid epidemic by eliminating drug smuggling, making dealers more accountable, and improving drug education. He and his wife live in Torresdale. They have five grown sons. This would be his first time holding elected office.

Endorsements: Philadelphia Republican Party

Money raised as of 5/20/23: $75,302

Campaign / Facebook


If Murray’s name looks familiar, you probably voted in the November 2022 election, where he ran in a special election for a vacated seat on Council. You might have also seen his name during his 2019 Council run, or his 2020 try for a House seat. (It’s not easy being a Republican in Philly.) Murray is the leader of the 15th Ward. This would be his first time holding elected office.

Murray is a regional sales manager for O’Brien Business Systems in Montco. He’s also been president of the Logan Square Neighbors Association and Friends of Coxe Park, chair of the Philadelphia Crosstown Coalition and board member of Center City District. He would like to see Philly take a tougher approach to crime, including misdemeanors. He’s pro-police — he’s posted the blue lives matter flag to his Twitter — opposed to the soda tax and safe injection sites, would like reduced wage and millage taxes, and supports both school choice and universal pre-K.

Endorsements: Philadelphia Republican Party, TWU 234, IATSE 8, Log Cabin Republicans, Rep. Martina White, Councilmembers Brian O’Neill, David Oh, and former Councilmember Al Taubenberger.

Money raised as of 6/5/23: $41,323

Campaign / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter


KENDRA BROOKS (1-term incumbent)

Kendra Brooks is the first third-party candidate to win a seat on Council since 1980. Prior to joining Council, she’d been an activist, community organizer and teacher at Easterseals. She’s also a single mom who worked as a nursing assistant to put herself through Community College of Philadelphia, then Temple, then Eastern University.

Brooks’ organizing work has centered around women’s rights, disability rights, homelessness and neighborhood schools. She is known for successfully fighting Mastery Charter’s attempted takeover of Steel Elementary School (which was on the District’s turnaround list again three years later).

On Council, she’s championed stable, affordable housing, hosting and co-hosting hearings on the Landlord-Tenant Office and rent control. In 2021, she introduced the Renters’ Access Act to prohibit landlords from discriminating against applicants based on prior evictions. She’d like the City to stop using private contractors to perform evictions, and wants the entire eviction process reviewed. Brooks also joined Senator Elizabeth Warren in advocating for a Philadelphia wealth tax.

Brooks has listed fighting for workers and a fairer economy, creating the opportunity for housing for all, treating gun violence as a health crisis, protecting reproductive rights, enacting environmental justice, and investing in public schools as her top priorities.

Money raised as of 6/5/23: $56,721

Campaign / Twitter / Facebook / Instagram

Endorsements: PA Working Families Party, Reclaim Philadelphia, Amistad Power Movement


O’Rourke is running for a second time for an at-large seat on City Council. He cites his working-class family background as his inspiration for involvement in the Working Families Party. Proudly religious, he’s served as a youth and covenant minster at Living Water United Church of Christ in Oxford Circle in Northeast Philadelphia.

O’Rourke is running on a platform of creating an economy that supports families and affordable and accessible housing (including eviction prevention). He wants to eliminate gun violence and White supremacy in Philadelphia, protect reproductive rights, and advance racial, criminal and climate justice.

Money raised as of 6/4/23: $69,931

Campaign / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

Endorsements: PA Working Families Party, Black Clergy of Philadelphia and Vicinity, Asian Pacific Islander Political Alliance, Amistad Power Movement, One Pennsylvania, Reclaim Philadelphia, Kendra Brooks


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Along the Delaware River from South Philly, through Center City (Old City), Chinatown, Northern Liberties, Fishtown, Kensington and Port Richmond

MARK SQUILLA (Democrat / 3-term Incumbent)

The bread-and-butter of this South Philly native (a Neumann grad and a Mummer) are constituent services — including helping to start Friends of groups and making generous contributions from campaign and discretionary funds to organizations in his district. Squilla chairs Council’s Streets Committee, has showed up to remedy trash and litter, and fought for the ban on single-use plastic bags. Squilla also displayed unconventional initiative when, in 2015, he and his office auctioned off 89 distressed properties in his councilmanic district.

Money raised as of 12/31/22: $392,520

Campaign / Facebook / Twitter / InstagramFrom City Council

No challenger


Parts of Center City, South and Southwest Philadelphia, including the Sixers, Eagles, Phillies, Flyers stadiums, Philadelphia International Airport, the Navy Yard and FDR Park

KENYATTA JOHNSON (Democrat / 3-term Incumbent)

This Southwest Philly Councilmember has become known citywide as much for his time in court as his time in City Hall, where he is one of Council’s preeminent joiners. Last year, he — and his wife — were acquitted of a 22-count indictment on charges of racketeering, wire fraud, and tax fraud.

Johnson hails from Point Breeze and served as the state rep for the 186th legislative district. He chairs Council’s Special Committee on Gun Violence Prevention and the Committee on Rules and Transportation and Public Utilities. He also serves on committees for Appropriations, Public Safety, Streets and Services, Licenses and Inspections, Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs, Commerce and Economic Development, Children and Youth, and Fiscal Stability and Intergovernmental Cooperation committees.

He lists his current top priorities as: keeping property taxes down, reforming the justice system, making pre-K universally available.

Money raised as of 5/18/23: $262,529

Campaign / Facebook / Twitter / From City Council


West and Southwest Philadelphia neighborhoods of Belmont, Powelton Village, West Powelton, Kingsessing, Elmwood Park, Mill Creek, Mantua, University City, Cobbs Creek, Walnut Hill, Spruce Hill, Garden Court, Cedar Park

JAMIE GAUTHIER (Democrat / 1-term Incumbent)

Gauthier took office in January 2020 as “only elected official in the City of Philadelphia with a planning degree.” As Chair of the Committee on Housing, Neighborhood Development and the Homeless, Gauthier pushes policy that encourages new affordable housing construction while preserving existing affordable housing. She has collaborated with former Councilmember Maria Quiñones Sánchez on the Mixed Income Neighborhoods Overlay District (within which large new developments must keep 20 percent of their units affordable), and with former and current Councilmembers Gym and Brooks on the Emergency Housing Protection Act. Her 2022 #JustServicesPHL campaign calls for major investments in marginalized neighborhoods to improve City services to improve parks, add street lights, curtail illegal dumping, and green vacant lots.

Endorsements: Working Families Party, Reclaim Philadelphia’s Steering Committee, Amistad Movement Power

Money raised as of 6/5/23: $241,745

Campaign / Facebook / TwitterFrom City Council


JABARI JONES (West is Best)

Jones, a Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business graduate, has served seven years as President of the West Philadelphia Corridor Collaborative, West Philly’s largest business association. Jones touts his accomplishments in helping businesses reopen after protests, startup investments, and funding security cameras for businesses as the segue to his campaign for the 3rd District seat. In the May 2023 primary, he ran and lost to incumbent Jaime Gauthier.

Jones intends to tackle the problems of gun violence, poverty, and lack of affordable housing and would be the youngest person to ever serve on City Council. This would be Jones’ first time holding elected office.

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Allegheny West, Belmont Village, East Falls, Manayunk, Overbrook, Overbrook Park, Roxborough, Wynnefield and sections of West Philadelphia

CURTIS JONES JR. (Democrat / 3-term Incumbent)

Jones is the Chairman of the Committees on Public Safety, Commerce & Economic Development and Vice Chair for Parks & Recreation & Cultural Affairs. He was unanimously elected Majority Leader from 2012-2016.

Jones’ legislative achievements include making permanent the Mayor’s Commission on African American Males, amending Philadelphia’s “Ban the Box” legislation to protect job applicants from discrimination based on their criminal record, and the “CVN Bill” that allows police officers to use their discretion for certain minor offenses to avoid an arrest in favor of issuing a civil citation. Jones is a proponent of community-based economic development. He launched a $1 million pilot project for mixed-use developments with the Office of Housing and Community Development, and establishing the Roxborough Environmental Control District to preserve the historic Manatawna Farm, wildlife habitat and greenspace.

Money raised as of 12/31/22: $173,055

Campaign / Facebook / Twitter / YouTubeFrom City Council

No challenger.


North Central Philadelphia, Strawberry Mansion, Lower Hunting Park, Ludlow, Yorktown, West Poplar, Fairhill, Brewerytown, Francisville, Spring Garden, Fairmount, Logan Square, and parts of Northwood, Fishtown, Northern Liberties, and Center City.

Darrell Clarke: The 3-term incumbent and Council President announced he is not running for reelection, opening the field for his replacement in the 5th District.


Young is an attorney and partner at the Wynnefield-based Legis Group, where he specializes in real estate, government affairs and business law. Clarke’s former legislative council, Young has experience working in the 5th District. He is both a committeeperson for, and counsel to, the 32nd Ward. Young has served on the Mayor’s Commission on African American Males (now the Office on Black Male Engagement), the Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia, the Union Benevolent Association and the board of the Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation.

Young is a graduate of Girard College, Temple University and Rutgers School of Law in Newark. He has listed the issues he will prioritize as: reduce gun violence, improve educational outcomes, target investment in youth, reform public safety institutions, create economic opportunities, and ensure sustainable and equitable development. This would be his first time holding elected office.

Money raised as of 2/7/23: $9,500

Campaign / Facebook / Instagram

No challenger.


Northeast Philadelphia neighborhoods of Tacony, Mayfair, Holmesburg, Lexington Park, Holme Circle, Ashton, Bridesburg, Wissinoming, Port Richmond, East Torresdale, Castor Gardens, Oxford Circle, Rhawnhurst, Bells Corner, Winchester Park, Academy Gardens, Pennypack and Frankford

MIKE DRISCOLL (Democrat / partial-term Incumbent)

Driscoll is a former state representative of the 173rd District who resigned his seat to replace Councilmember Bobby Henon in June 2022, after Henon was found guilty on 10 of 18 federal charges on embezzlement and theft. Driscoll chairs the Department of Licenses and Inspections. Prior to occupying an elected office, he was V.P. of business development for the Philadelphia Federal Credit Union and deputy secretary of the Department of General Services under PA Gov. Bob Casey.

Driscoll’s priorities include developing the Delaware River waterfront and improving educational opportunities for young children and college graduates. He has co-sponsored legislation to reduce truck and trailer parking in his district, increase student pedestrian safety, allow Philadelphia to enact its own minimum wage law, and to change the City’s employee residency requirement. He and his family reside in Torresdale.

Endorsements: Fraternal Order of Police, IAFF Local 22 (Philadelphia firefighters’ and paramedics’ union), Philadelphia Building Trades, AFSCME, Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO and SEIU 32BJ

Money raised as of 6/5/23: $129,081

Twitter / Facebook / From City Council

No challenger.


Castor Gardens, Fairhill, Feltonville, Frankford, Harrowgate, Hunting Park, Juniata, Kensington, Oxford Circle and Wissinoming.

QUETCY LOZADA (Democrat / partial-term Incumbent)

Lozada joined Council in a special election following the 2022 resignation of her former boss, former 7th District Councilmember Maria Quiñones Sánchez. Before Lozada’s election, the Northwood resident was vice president of community engagement and organizing for the Hunting Park Christian service group Esperanza. She also served as director of community engagement for the District Attorney’s office, then as Quiñones Sánchez’s chief of staff. Upon becoming a member of Council, she cited her priorities as combating gun violence and the opioid crisis, which is rampant in her district, especially Kensington.

No challenger.



Germantown, Mt. Airy, Chestnut Hill, Logan and parts of Olney, West Oak Lane, North Philadelphia and Feltonville.

CINDY BASS (Democrat / 3-term Incumbent)

Bass has represented her district since 2012 and served on the 22nd Ward Democratic Committee since 1998. Council’s Deputy Majority Whip chairs two committees: Recreation and Cultural Affairs, and Public Health and Human Services. Bass would like to be known for her championing of quality of life issues. She co-sponsored a bill banning guns in rec centers and playgrounds, proposed tax amnesty for taxes owed from 2009 to 2019, launched a camera program to try to catch illegal dumping, and worked on issues such as maternal mortality rates, zoning, repealing the 10-year tax abatement and improving traffic safety near schools and childcare centers. She and former Councilmember Oh recently proposed the establishment of a music office for the city.

Money raised as of 6/8/23: $354,744

Campiagn / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter / From City Council

No challenger.


Mt. Airy, West Oak Lane, East Oak Lane, Olney, Fern Rock, Logan, Oxford Circle,  Lawncrest, Burholme and Summerdale

ANTHONY PHILLIPS (Democrat / partial-term Incumbent)

Phillips won a special election to fill the seat vacated by former Councilmember Cherelle Parker when Parker resigned to run for Mayor. He’s the co-founder and former executive director of Youth Action, a program connecting Philly’s middle and high school students to service opportunities to inspire socially responsible leadership, and a former pre-college program director at TeenSHARP, an organization that opens doors for minority youth to achieve scholarships and gain admission to selective universities. Phillips holds an undergraduate degree from Bates College, a Master’s from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in Afro-American studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is a devout Christian.

Phillips’ actions on Council include introducing bills to protect student pedestrians and to reduce truck parking in Northeast Philly. He has served as a committeeperson and first vice chair of the 50th Ward. His goals upon re-election include: improving public safety through community engagement, improving schools through family engagement, rebuilding the District’s commercial corridors, and improving quality of life.

Endorsements: Philadelphia Democratic City Committee

Money raised as of 5/26/23: $239,755

Campaign / Twitter / Facebook / Instagram / From City Council

No challenger.


Northeast Philadelphia: Bustleton, Fox Chase, Rhawnhurst

BRIAN O’NEILL (Republican / 11-term Incumbent)

O’Neill was first elected in 1979. He currently serves as Council’s Minority Leader and chair of the Technology and Information Services Committee. O’Neill has a reputation for constituent accessibility; he maintains four full-time offices in his district. He’s a proponent of his district’s public parks, proposed a bill to reduce truck and tractor-trailer parking in the Northeast, and has introduced bills to double the Homestead Exemption, moved to review and reform the zoning code.

O’Neill chairs the Northeast Philadelphia Airport Advisory Council and serves on the executive committee of the board of directors of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Endorsements: Philadelphia Republican Party

Money raised as of 5/11/23: $46,450

Campaign / Twitter / Facebook / From City Council

GARY MASINO (Democrat)

Masino is the president and business manager of Sheet Metal Workers’ Local 19 and the assistant business manager of the Philadelphia Building Trades Council. His ties to labor and the port are deep, having served as a commissioner on the Delaware River Port Authority board, and served on the board of appeals for the Department of Licenses and Inspections and the Zoning Board of Adjustment. He’s also served on the states’ Labor Relations Board and the Convention Center’s board of directors.

Masino told the Northeast Times his “platform is simple: public safety, jobs and education.” In the same piece, he mentioned his concerns over high crime, lower salaries for teachers, and the viability of small businesses. This would be his first time holding elected office.

Money raised as of 5/31/23: $262,871

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