A note about our endorsement process: The 2nd Ward is an “open” ward, which means that all endorsements are decided by a vote of all the committee people, with a simple majority threshold. Nearly all of the candidates and positions were endorsed with over a threshold of 60 percent; many were endorsed with near unanimity, and our judicial endorsements passed unanimously.1
Philadelphia has three elected City Commissioners who form a bipartisan board that oversees elections and voter registration for city residents. The city is a stronghold of Democratic votes in a crucial swing state, so it is essential that this office function fairly and efficiently in the 2020 Election.
The County Sheriff is responsible for security in our courts of law, serving court orders including eviction notices and protection from abuse and managing foreclosure procedures including sheriff’s sales.
City Council is the main legislative body in Philadelphia. City Council makes and amends city laws, ordinances, and policies, such as the sugary beverage tax to help fund universal pre-K and community schools, and the Fair Workweek bill, ensuring predictable work schedules for service & hospitality workers. City Council also adopts the city budget and approves mayoral appointees. It is comprised of 17 members (10 representing Council Districts and 7 elected At-Large) serving 4-year terms.
District City Council
The 2nd Ward falls largely within the 1st Council District with a small portion at the west end of the Ward falling within the 2nd Council District. Committee persons in the respective Districts voted to endorse the incumbent Councilmembers, in each case citing their demonstrated commitment to serving the local community.
Judicial endorsements made by the Second Ward followed an exhaustive vetting process. A select committee reviewed Philadelphia Bar Association materials and the committee’s own questionnaire, interviewed candidates, and spoke to references. That committee came to full consensus on the following candidates for Court of Common Pleas, Municipal Court, and Superior Court and their recommendations were approved unanimously by the committee people of the Second Ward. Our endorsed candidates are committed to sentencing reform; greater access to legal representation; and racial, economic, environmental, and family justice. We believe they will be compassionate, dynamic, and transformative members of the bench.
Proposed Charter Changes
1 Ballot Question #4 was endorsed by a simple majority of 51 percent.