Ward 21 Division 24

Election Information for Ward 21, Division 24 from your Democratic Committee members Marc Stier and Diane Gottlieb.

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You don’t us to tell you how important this election is. Our choice is between humanity and insanity.

The two parties have not in our life time been farther apart. The Republican Party is in the grip of extremist majority, in thrall to the former president. Republican elected officials and the majority of their voters, continue to cast doubt on the results of the 2020 election for no good reason. They seek to make it harder to vote in Pennsylvania and elsewhere. They are determined to make abortion illegal under most if not all circumstances. They have created basically phony issues about the teaching of critical race theory in our schools (which is non-existent) and about transgender people (who are few and far between and whose interests do not conflict those of anyone else) all with the hope of dividing people. They constantly appeal to sexism, racism, and antisemitism.

They do that with the hopes of dividing Democratic voters so that can pursue their only real policy agenda, to continue the upwards redistribution of income and wealth from working people and the middle class to the richest and the  corporate elite.

We in division 24 of ward 21 are one of the most Democratic and highest turnout group of voters in the state. We need to lead the way to fight back against a Republican Party that is off the rails.

That is why we call on you to vote for Democrats from the top to the bottom of the ticket. We would be happy to talk with you about individual candidates. Some of the Democrats we like more than other. But it is critical that we support them all

US Senate: John Fetterman

US House of Representatives: Dwight Evans

Governor: Josh Shapiro

State Representative: Chris Rabb

Council at Large Seat 2: Jim Harrity

Council at Large: Sharon Vaughn

Ballot Questions

Question 1 Our view: vote yes.

Should the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter be amended to create the Department of Aviation and to transfer certain functions related to the operations of City airports from the other City agencies to the Department of Aviation?

Plain English

The City’s Home Rule Charter sets up the framework of City government. The Charter is the City’s constitution.

Under the Charter, the City’s Department of Commerce is responsible for operating, maintaining, and improving the City’s airport facilities. These functions are currently carried out by the Department’s Division of Aviation.

If you vote “Yes” on this ballot question, it means you want to change the Charter to create a new department, separate from the Department of Commerce, called the Department of Aviation. The Department of Aviation would operate, maintain and improve the City’s airport facilities and set rates and charges for the use of airport facilities. The new Department would be run by the Director of Aviation, who would be appointed by the Mayor.

This proposal would transfer the operation of the Philadelphia International Airport and Northeast Philadelphia Airport from the city’s Commerce Department to a new Department of Aviation, whose director would be appointed by the Mayor. Airport officials told The Inquirer that the change would streamline airport operations and enable managers to respond more quickly to staffing needs. The division’s $388 million annual budget does not rely on local taxes but from fees paid by airlines and other revenue streams. It seems to us that we should support measures that the mayor and airport officials believe would help make the city’s operations more effective.

Question 2: Our view: vote yes. 

Shall The Philadelphia Home Rule Charter be amended to provide for a preference in civil service examinations for qualified graduates of Career Technical Education programs in the School District of Philadelphia?

Plain English

Most employees of our City government are hired through a system called the civil service. Under this system, job applicants are evaluated based on tests related to the position, and only higher-ranked applicants may be hired. If you vote “yes” on this ballot question, it means you want to change the City’s Charter to allow preferences in the ranking of applicants who are graduates of School District Career Technical Education programs.

Approving this question would give graduates of the Philadelphia School District’s Career and Technical Education programs a preference over other applicants for city jobs. Right now certain individuals, including military veterans and the children and grandchildren of Philadelphia firefighters or police officers who died in the line of duty, can receive bonus points on their exams. We think that also giving young people from Philadelphia who have graduated from educational programs that prepare them for these jobs an advantage would be an effective way to make a dent in the all-too-high unemployment rates in our city. It would also give our kids a strong incentive to work hard in school.


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