Meet the Mayoral Candidates - Anthony Williams

His Story:

Williams is son of a father who was both a judge and community activist. He went to The College of  William & Mary, where he earned a degree in economics, and rose through the ranks at PepsiCo to become a mid-level executive. The rise of gang violence, blighted communities, and lack of opportunity in Philadelphia led him away from the private sector and into politics in 1988, when he first served as a Representative in the Pennsylvania State Legislature. For the last 16 years, he’s served in the State Senate. He is a strong community advocate, and his main campaign message is about creating One Philadelphia: “The destiny of our community isn’t tied to the magnitude of our challenges, but our ability to find solutions together.” 

Vision for a Sustainable Philadelphia

I’ve been a proponent of environmental and conservation issues since the 1980s. As a state legislator who represented both urban and suburban areas, I worked to establish the Cobbs Creek Environmental Center, helped constituents create a political action committee to address environmental justice, and sponsored bills to address the adverse health impacts of toxic chemicals in low--income communities. As mayor, I am committed to building One Philadelphia,- a city where every neighborhood benefits from sustainability because it improves our quality of life. I’ll focus on two areas that will position Philadelphia as a
national leader in sustainability: 

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Meet the Mayoral Candidates-Jim Kenney

by Heather Shayne Blakeslee 

 

His Story:

Kenney was born in South Philadelphia and raised by a firefighter and homemaker. He got his first union card at 17, and went on to get a degree from La Salle University, becoming the first person in his family to go to college. He’s served in City Council since 1991, and as a self-proclaimed progressive, his causes have included rights for the LGBTQ community, decriminalizing marijuana and fashioning a broader immigration policy for the City. He’s been the chair of several committees in Council, including the Committee on the Environment. He resigned from his seat to run for mayor. His campaign website is the only one that lists the environment as a platform issue and he believes that, “If Philadelphians come together, we can make quality public schools, safer streets and living-wage jobs a reality in every neighborhood.” 

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