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darrell l. clarke

Party: Democrat
Position: Council President, District 5
Chair: Whole; Ethics; Fiscal Stability and Intergovernmental Cooperation
In office since: 2000 (President since 2012)
Next Election: 2019
Previous occupations: Political aide to former Mayor John Street
Contact information:
Philadelphia City Hall
Room 494/313
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Economy and Taxes:

  • Supports the Community Sustainability Initiative

  • Supports 2,000 Affordable Housing Initiative and established city's first Job Commission

  • Pro-Soda Tax (1.5% tax on sugary beverages)


  • Supports School-Based Community Family Centers

  • Wants to prohibit alcohol advertising within 1,000 feet of schools and playgrounds


  • Clarke has recently been accused of abusing his council powers to help a friend acquire City property at a value lower than market rate (source)