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Philadelphia Municipal Primary

Philadelphia’s Municipal Primary is May 16!

Get a voting primer with our top three resources so far.

With Philadelphia’s election less than 3 months away, PSR PA is gathering resources to understand how candidates are thinking about major issues affecting health like climate change, violence, equity, and labor. Here are three helpful online resources to clarify how this local election works and how candidates are thinking about the issues.

With articles on each candidate, the nonprofit media organization’s coverage goes deep. Sourcing feedback from Philadelphians of every zip code and political affiliation, The Philadelphia Citizen created a job description for the mayor’s office. Using this job description, they are holding public interviews with candidates that are recorded and available online.

Visit 10K Independents’ site for resources on the mayoral race like an events calendar, a 9 minute explainer video covering the basics of the election, and a webinar on money and collaborations.

According to the Lenfest Institute’s press release, the more than 50 “participating media and community organizations will serve every neighborhood in Philadelphia with nonpartisan, collaborative, issues-oriented journalism; gatherings with candidates; voter guides; listening sessions; and more.” Want to know who is endorsing whom? This is a go-to resource for logistical questions in making a voting plan, basic overviews of the offices up for election, and coverage of the issues that matter to you.

And if you are looking for events where you can hear from candidates about their environmental policies and comments on platforms submitted by local groups, here are some on our radar:

City Council Candidates Forum on Sunday, March 26th, 3PM, Congregation Rodeph Shalom, 615 N. Broad Street

The Alliance for Just Philadelphia will conduct its second City Council Candidates Forum focusing on the many candidates who have thrown their hats in the ring to become an At-Large Councilmember.

Mayoral forum (focused on the Green Living Plan) on Wednesday, March 29th, from 6:00pm-8:00pm at the Academy of Natural Sciences

Over the last several months, The Horticultural Society and others have been actively engaging with organizations and individuals across the city to develop an environmentally-focused and neighborhood-based agenda for the next Mayor, now called the Green Living Plan. Led by our consultants at the Roz Group, they have conducted community roundtables and 1x1 interviews to solicit feedback on the top environmental and quality of life issues facing Philly neighborhoods, and to help make the case for why they are critical for the next mayor to address. Learn more here, with event information to be posted on the PHS website shortly.

Mayoral Forum on Tuesday, April 4th at 7PM, Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA 19103

Green Philly will host a mayoral candidate forum on the topic of 'Climate and the Environment', including transitioning the City and buildings to clean energy, eliminating litter and dumping, and creating local and good-paying green jobs.

Mayoral Forum on Wednesday, April 19th from 5:30 to 8:30PM, Broad Street Ministry, 315 S Broad St.

PACDC, Ceiba, LISC Philadelphia, Regional Housing Legal Services, Urban Affairs Coalition, Urban League of Philadelphia, and other partners are hosting the forum. Questions to candidates will center equitable community development and affordable housing. Doors open at 5:30PM for refreshments and networking and the Forum will begin at 6:00PM sharp.

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