2019 City Council At-Large Candidate

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Helen Gym

Party: Democrat
Previous occupations: Interim Executive Director of Asian Americans United
Websites:
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Candidate questionnaire: Not completed
Contact information:
info@helengym.com
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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.

Positions

Education

  • 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)

Housing

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

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

Economy

  • 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)

Other

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