Sin Duda, Decir Cuatro Alcaldes: Es Quinones–Sanchez
Philadelphia – One mayor could be mistaken, two mayors could stumble into error, and even three mayors could go astray. But what is the likelihood of a current Mayor and three former Mayors being wrong?
Facing a challenge to her 7th district Council seat, incumbent Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez received the endorsement of Mayor Michael Nutter, along with three former Philadelphia Mayors, last week. Besides Nutter, the group included former Mayors John Street, Ed Rendell and Bill Green.
Noting that Philadelphia is the largest city in the country with a Land Bank, Mayor Michael Nutter lauded Councilwoman Quinones Sanchez for her legislative leadership in producing this long sought “achievement.” He added that the 7th district Councilwoman is someone who “fights for the rights of the people.”
Ed Rendell described her as “deeply committed to the growth” of the city’s economy. The former governor also extolled her for fighting “against poverty and to making our city a place that works for everyone”
A candidate who lost to Councilwoman Quinones Sanchez in the 2007 election, Dan Savage also praised the Seventh district incumbent for having a “passion for public service.”
“Although we have not always agreed about how to do things,” added Savage. “Both of us have the same goal of helping the people and community of the Seventh District.”
The seventh district stretches from Hunting Park and Feltonville, to the Frankford and Juniata Park sections of the city.
Waging a largely independent and grassroots campaign in 2007, Maria Quinones Sanchez won an overwhelming victory and went on to produce landmark legislation on such issues as tax reform; the ending of collaboration between local law enforcement and federal immigration agents regarding ICE detentions; and creation of a land bank.
The historic tax reform bill, co-sponsored with former Councilman Green, has led to a 50 percent tax deduction for small businesses and made Philadelphia more competitive in manufacturing. “Philadelphia is open for business,” declared Quinones Sanchez.
The controversial challenger, Manny Morales lost the city’s democratic party endorsement, but has received the backing of the Latinos United for Political Empowerment (LUPE).