2019 City Council At-Large Candidate


Al Taubenberger

Party: Republican
Previous occupations: Grounds Supervisor at Friends Hospital; Director of Constituent Relations for then Congressman Charles F. Dougherty; Aide for then Councilwoman Joan Krajewski; Chief of Staff for then Councilman Jack Kelly; President of the Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce
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Candidate questionnaire: Not completed
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Taubenberger grew up in Philadelphia and attended Penn State University. He has served in many political roles in Philadelphia and was the President of the Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce for 25 years.


This candidate has declined to answer a candidate questionnaire.


  • Advocates for increased funding from the state (source)

  • Supports independently auditing the School District of Philadelphia (source)

  • Supports charter schools, as long as there is sufficient oversight (source)


  • Opposes increases taxes in general, and supports reducing taxes (source)

  • Supports creating small business loan programs (source)

  • Supports offering companies tax breaks to relocate in Philadelphia (source)

  • Supports a two-year moratorium on increases in property taxes (source)

  • Supports gradually reducing the wage tax (source)

  • Supports reducing or eliminating the Business Privilege Tax (source)

Public safety

  • Supports providing the Police and Fire Departments with new equipment and vehicles (source)


  • Supports investing in all of Philadelphia’s infrastructure, but wants the money to come from the state and federal governments (source)

  • Supports completely overhauling the Department of Licensing and Inspection, including replacing the current Commissioner (source)


  • Opposed firing the head the PPA, who had been accused of sexually harassing an employee for two years, calling it “high school puppy love” (source)

  • Fined $1,000 by the Ethics Board for failing to report a loan of $5,000 from the City’s head of the Republican Party (source)