2019 City Council District 3 Candidate


Jannie Blackwell

Party: Democrat
Previous occupations: Teacher; Special Assistant to the Governor; Administrative Assistant for Lucien Blackwell as a State Representative, District 3 Councilmember, and candidate
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Blackwell was born and raised in Philadelphia, and she attended Cheyney University and St. Joseph’s University. Her husband, Lucien Blackwell, was the District 3 Councilmember from 1975-1991, and she took her first term in 1992. She is now seeking her seventh term.


This candidate has declined to answer a candidate questionnaire.

Despite her long tenure, Blackwell’s stances on most issues are unclear. We will update this page if more information becomes available.


  • Announced 10-year economic plan in 1999 for West/Southwest Philly, which led to the formation of the nonprofit "West Philadelphia on the Move" (source)

Governance and ethics

  • Opposed legislation that would create stronger ethics oversight and limit pay-to-play (source)

  • Opposed legislation to limit campaign contributions and create stricter oversight and reporting requirements for contributors, saying that it would discriminate against non-wealthy candidates who depend on fundraising, and that, “people have a right to contribute to whomever and to whatever they choose.” (source)

Public safety

  • Opposed legislation that would ban smoking in certain public spaces (source)


  • Current ward leader for the 46th ward (source)

  • Created a city council task force on historic preservation to establish historic districts, in an attempt to circumvent the Philadelphia Historical Commission (source)

  • In the past, Blackwell fiercely criticized the University City District and the University of Pennsylvania after the UCD suspended John Fenton for using its resources to hold a rally for mayoral candidate Tom Knox (source)

  • Blackwell recently received criticism after a developer she helped obtain land near Drexel hosted a fundraiser for Blackwell, leading people to believe she has abused her councilmanic prerogative powers for pay-to-play practices (source)

  • Protestors disrupted Blackwell’s campaign announcement, criticizing her for councilmanic prerogative and not doing enough to prevent gentrification in her district (source)