Committee of Seventy Announces Council Candidate Forums

Here's their release:



PHILADELPHIA – MARCH 30, 2011 – The 2011 elections offer the greatest opportunity for change in Philadelphia’s City Council in many years. A good result depends on the voters being well-informed. To that end, the dates and venues of the most comprehensive set of public forums ever to be held in Philadelphia were announced today.

The forums feature the 12 seriously-contested Council seats up for election in the May 17 Primary. (There are 17 Council seats in total.) Virtually all of the 42 candidates in these races have confirmed their participation in the forums.

All forums begin at 7:00pm; dates and venues (subject to change) are listed below.

First District

Wednesday, April 20

Arch Street Friends Meeting House

4th & Arch Streets, 19106


Second District

Tuesday, April 26

Marion Anderson Recreation Center

744 S. 17th Street, 19146


Sixth District

Thursday, April 28

Tacony Free Library

6742 Torresdale Avenue, 19135-2416


Seventh District

Thursday, April 21

Urban Hope Training Center & Community Church

210 E. Tioga Street, 19134


Eighth District

Wednesday, April 27

First Presbyterian Church in Germantown

35 West Chelten Avenue, 19144



Thursday, May 12

WHYY, Lincoln Studio

150 N. Sixth Street, 19106

Media partners include WHYY/, the Philadelphia Daily News, the Philadelphia Inquirer and

The public is encouraged to attend; seating will be done on a first come, first serve basis. The series covers both the Democratic and Republican fields for the at-large seats, as well as Democratic races in select districts.

As the forum dates approach, please check for any venue changes.

For profiles of the district and at-large candidates as well as the Council districts, see Candidates and voters should contact Frankie Lancos, Committee of Seventy’s Director of Voter Services, at or 215-557-3600, ext. 110.

The Committee of Seventy is a non-partisan organization fighting for clean and effective government, fair elections and informed citizens in Philadelphia and throughout the region. For an in-depth examination of City Council and the upcoming election,