2019 City Council At-Large Candidate

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Erika Almirón

Party: Democrat
Previous occupations: Counselor and Translator at Planned Parenthood; American Friends Service Committee; Assistant Director of the Philadelphia Student Union; Executive Director of Juntos
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Candidate questionnaire: Not completed
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Almirón is a community activist who has been engaged with several organizations, most recently as the Executive Director of Juntos working to fight ICE’s policies in Philadelphia.

Positions

All of the information below comes from Almirón’s campaign website.

Housing

  • Supports implementing rent control

  • Supports providing a publicly-funded attorney for those facing eviction or foreclosure

  • Supports ending the 10-year tax abatement

  • Supports encouraging resident-owned housing co-ops

  • Supports property tax relief for lower-income households and those on fixed income

Criminal justice reform

  • Supports “ban the box” legislation, which prohibits employers from asking about criminal records

  • Supports creating job training programs and job opportunities for those formerly incarcerated

  • Supports increasing funding for the Police Advisory Commission and increasing its powers so that it can subpoena and investigate cases

Education

  • Generally supports increased funding for public schools, and advocates for a fair funding formula from the state

  • Supports a moratorium on new charter schools

  • Generally opposed to privatization of schools

Economy

  • Supports creating Payment in Lieu of Taxes programs for large institutions like hospitals and schools that are tax-exempt