2019 City Council District 2 Candidate

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Lauren Vidas

Party: Democrat
Previous occupations: City Council Legislative Aide; City of Philadelphia Assistant Finance Director; PA Voter Protection Director for the Obama Campaign; Business owner; Public Financial Management
Websites:
Campaign Website
Candidate questionnaire: Not completed
Contact information:
lauren@votevidas.com
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Vidas has more than a decade of experience in government, and volunteers extensively with nonprofits and policy organizations. Most recently, she worked for the financial advisor firm Public Financial Management.

Positions

All of the position positions below can be found on the campaign website.

Governance and ethics

  • Vows to introduce legislation to create term limits of three consecutive four-year terms for city councilmembers (note that this requires a Home Rule Charter ballot amendment via approval from a referendum)

  • Vows to require public hearings for the city council budget

  • Supports amending the Home Rule Charter to make the Office of the Inspector General permanent, and to give it jurisdiction over city council

  • Vows to introduce legislation to create the strictest prohibitions on political contributions from develops that the law allows

  • Vows to introduce legislation to change campaign finance limits to match the election cycle, rather than the calendar year

  • Vows to introduce legislation to prohibit those purchasing City-owned land or seeking zoning changes to make political contributions to the councilmember in that district

  • Supports limiting the campaign contributions to “dark money” PACs, which have limited financial disclosure rules

  • Supports increasing the budget for the Board of Ethics

Housing

  • Supports implementing programs or policies to preserve existing affordable housing

  • Vows to provide increased oversight for the Office of Property Assessment

  • Supports creating programs to offer low or no-interest loans to residents to repair their homes

  • Supports exploring methods of maintaining affordable rental units, such as offering landlords low or no-interest loans to carry out mandated repairs or waiving certain City fees or taxes in exchange for maintaining affordable pricing

  • Vows to increase the number of voucher-eligible rental units by 25% in the 2nd District during her first term

  • Vows to investigate methods of producing new affordable housing, such as through the Housing Trust Fund and Community Land Trusts