Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Recommends Candidates for Philadelphia City Council

PHILADELPHIA, Monday, May 4, 2015 – The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce (the Chamber) released a list a recommended candidates for Philadelphia City Council for the upcoming May Primary. The Chamber’s process included asking all candidates to complete a questionnaire to determine where they stand on issues of economic growth, job creation, and operating a more cost-efficient government, along with evaluating the voting records of incumbents running for reelection.

“The Chamber is recommending candidates running for City Council whom we believe will best promote growth and prosperity and be a real partner with Philadelphia’s business community,” said Rob Wonderling, President and CEO of the Chamber. “We look forward to working with the 2016 class of Council members to improve the city’s tax structure, education, business regulations and overall quality of life for every business and citizen in Philadelphia.”

The recommended candidates include:

    • 1st District: Councilman Mark Squilla


    • 2nd District: Councilman Kenyatta Johnson


    • 3rd District: Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell


    • 4th District: Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr.


    • 5th District: Council President Darrell Clarke


    • 6th District: Councilman Bobby Henon


    • 7th District: Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez


    • 8th District: Councilwoman Cindy Bass


    • 9th District: State Representative Cherelle Parker


    • 10th District: Councilman Brian O’Neill


    • Democratic At-Large Council: Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, Councilman Ed Neilson, Derek Green, Paul Steinke, Allan Domb


  • Republican At-Large Council: Councilman Dennis O’Brien, Councilman David Oh, Al Taubenberger, Terry Tracy.

Here are the four questions posed to all of the candidates for Council:
As a legislator, how do you envision working with the business community to stimulate job growth? Please be specific.
In order to create more government efficiency, are you willing to participate in a zero-based budgeting process similar to that in Montgomery County?
What kind of legislation do you envision introducing and supporting to make Philadelphia a more economically competitive city? Have you introduced legislation that does so—if yes, please explain.
How do you envision working with the next Administration to improve Philadelphia’s economy and promote growth?

All of the questionnaire responses received from candidates can be found here.

For the Chamber, the questionnaire process and examination of the incumbents’ voting records follows a vigorous, citywide issues campaign in the mayor’s race focusing on growth, job creation and the city’s competitiveness – the Roadmap for Growth.

For the past year, the Chamber’s Roadmap for Growth effort led to 11 community meetings with Council members, a series of three Issue Forums with mayoral candidates, and a major debate with the mayoral hopefuls last month at the Kimmel Center, televised by NBC 10 Telemundo 62.

“Our mission in creating and executing the Roadmap for Growth was to engage the candidates for mayor in a citywide dialogue with civic and business leaders about how best to position Philadelphia for a pro-growth agenda that creates jobs,” Wonderling said. “We’re continuing that same spirit of civic advocacy through our questionnaire and recommendation process with the candidates for City Council.”

The Chamber will communicate its recommendations for City Council with the media, its board leadership, and with the 2,000 city-based members of the Chamber this week. The Primary election in Philadelphia is May 19th.

Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce
As the premier advocate for the business community, the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce works to attract, retain and grow jobs for companies and residents of the region. We represent member companies in southeastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, and northern Delaware.