It’s a question I’m often asked: Why? Why am I running once again for elective office in Philadelphia? I have run for City Council before and was the Republican nominee against Michael Nutter in the 2007 mayor’s race. I run not out of ego, nor am I a glutton for punishment. I am running once again for a Republican At-Large Council seat because public service is my highest calling. I care deeply about this city and its people. When I engage in moments of self-reflection, as we all do, I know in my heart that my extensive and diverse experience and long history of community service make me an ideal candidate who’s running for the right reason — to help others, not myself.
On behalf of the Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce (GNPCC) and our 800-plus members, I’d like to thank City Councilmen Brian O’Neill, Dennis O’Brien, David Oh, Bill Green, Jim Kenney and Mark Squilla for voting against Bill #130004, the paid sick leave legislation.