Philadelphia Foundation hosted a City Council Candidate Convention at the WHYY Studios
How do On the Table conversations turn into action? One of the most important types of civic engagement is voting in elections. In 2018, in keeping with our commitment of bringing our diverse community together, On The Table Philly hosts and participants discussed local issues and were asked to give us a wish list of questions to ask the candidates running for office in the 2019 election.
On April 22, 2019, the Philadelphia Foundation hosted a City Council Candidate Convention at the WHYY studios as a platform to ask the four most pressing questions that surfaced in the survey but also to give participants and Philadelphia residents an opportunity to talk directly to the 30+ candidate vying for a City Council seat. The candidates did not disappoint. The diversity of their approaches, opinions and experiences shone through as the candidates answered the following four questions, each of which tied to top concerns that surfaced in the survey among our 5,000 On the Table Philly participants:
What would you do to improve public safety?
What would you do to promote broader access to affordable housing?
How would you address poverty and economic security?
How would you help ensure a safe, high quality school district option for every student?
Visit the Philadelphia Foundation’s Candidate Convention YouTube playlists for the participating candidate responses on: