2019 City Council At-Large Candidate

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Helen Gym

Party: Democrat
Previous occupations: Interim Executive Director of Asian Americans United
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Gym attended the University of Pennsylvania, and she is a long-time community activist who is most famous for leading a movement to stop the construction of a stadium and casino near Chinatown and for conducting public education advocacy. She began her first term in 2016, and is now seeking her second term.


This candidate has declined to answer a candidate questionnaire.


  • Helped lead the campaign to regain local control of the School District (source)

  • Supports increasing funding for Pre-K programs (source)

  • Led initiative to restore nurses and counselors to public schools (source)

  • Gym led a movement to prevent bullying and harassment in schools (source)

  • Generally opposed to privatization of and disinvestment from public schools (source)


  • Established the City’s legal defense fund for those facing eviction (source)

  • Established the City’s fund to address youth homelessness (source)


  • Championed the Fair Work Week legislation, which requires advanced notice of schedules for employees, increased breaks, and opportunities to work more hours (source)

  • Championed legislation that increased the City’s minimum wage for its employees and contractors to $15 per hour (source)

Governance and ethics

  • Championed legislation that requires businesses receiving City subsidies to publish disclosure (source)


  • Gym was one of the council members who sponsored a resolution to ban R Kelly from the city (source)