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Operation Council Presidency
If you're like me and cannot stomach the thought of Jannie Blackwell as Council President (for whatever reason), then we need to start thinking about how to ensure she does not win. Three reasons why (1) holding up the Barnes; (2) ethics reform; and (3) Tom Knox. Enough said.
The solution: Councilwoman Anna Verna.
President Verna is a solid legislator and has spent a very large portion of her life working on behalf of the Second District and Philadelphia. We can disagree on her legislative record, but it speaks for itself. I think you will find less disagreement on her abilities as Council President. Having testified in front of Council, I can speak first hand to her administrative abilities. Further, having dealt with the Presidents Office, I am impressed as to how smoothly it runs. In short, President Verna is a classy woman who is excellent at her job. Consider these words from the Inquirer endorsement:
"Still, she was the president of Council during a period when it surprised skeptics by approving important bills to cut city taxes, reform pay-to-play politics, and protect residents from cigarette smoke.
She enabled those bills to move through Council's murky processes; she was on the right side on most of them, and provided a key vote when Council overrode some misguided vetoes by Mayor Street."
According to Philly.com, however, two newcomers could swing the balance of power to Blackwell--one of them is Maria Quiñones Sanchez. Many of us in the "progressive" community, in some way or another, supported her councilmatic bid. Another is newcomer Bill Green. Let's remind them, particularly Maria, that a vote for Blackwell is a vote against reform. Let's also remind our friends on council the same thing.
Progress is moving forward. A Blackwell presidency, I'm afraid, is not. This is important.