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kenyatta johnson

Party: Democrat
Position: City Council, District 2
Committees:
Chair: Transportation and Public Utilities; Legislative Oversight
Vice-Chair: Appropriations; Public Safety
Member: Children and Youth; Commerce and Economic Development; Ethics; Fiscal Stability and Intergovernmental Cooperation; Licenses and Inspections; Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs; Rules; Streets and Services
In office since: 2012
Next Election: 2019
Previous occupations: State Representative of District 186 from 2009-12
Websites (hyperlinks):
Official
Contact Information:
Philadelphia City Hall, Room 580
Philadelphia, PA 19107
215-686-3412

Economy and Taxes:

  • Supports $15 minimum wage

  • Introduced legislation for the City's Affordable Housing Initiative (passed)

  • Believes in balanced development that both supports market rates for housing and creates opportunities for affordable housing so that people aren't displaced

Education:

  • Worked with Governor Wolf to ensure more funding from the state

  • Brokered a deal in 2012 to save E.M. Stanton Elementary from closing

Policing and Justice:

  • Founded the nonprofit "Peace Not Guns," which aims to work with law enforcement to reduce the number of illegal guns while trying to provide alternative opportunities for youth

Other

  • Current ward leader for the 26th ward (source)

  • Johnson has been caught up in a scandal where he was accused of abusing his council position to help a friend acquire City properties for lower than market value. He was also accused by developer Ori Feibush of abusing his council powers to block him from purchasing properties as backlash for Feibush running against him. (source)