2019 City Council District 7 Candidate

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Maria Quiñones-Sánchez

Party: Democrat
Previous occupations: Regional Director of the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration; Director of a bi-lingual charter school; Oversaw the construction of a multi-million dollar building in Huntington Park; Deputy Commissioner of Elections; Legislative Assistant in City Council
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Bio
Quiñones-Sánchez grew up in Philadelphia, and has worked in various government and nonprofit roles for over 30 years. She is currently serving her third term, and is seeking a fourth.

Positions

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Housing

  • Led the initiative to create the Land Bank, which aims to consolidate City-owned land to streamline its purchase and re-use (source)

  • Helped pass legislation to strengthen the LOOP program, which helps protect long-time homeowners from property tax increases (source)

  • Helped to pass the Homestead Exemption, which reduces taxes for homeowners (source)

  • Helped create property tax deferral programs (source)

  • Passed a bill to create stronger standards for demolition safety (source)

Economy

  • Co-sponsored a bill that would ban cashless stores (source)

  • Introduced a bill to study the effects of and potentially phase out the soda tax (source)

  • Introduced a bill that would provide various incentives for developers to include affordable housing in developments (source)

Public safety

  • Opposes opening safe injection sites in her district (source)

Other

  • Quiñones-Sánchez has won all of her elections despite opposition from local ward leaders, who traditionally decide elections through endorsements. Angel Cruz, one ward leader and current State Representative, is currently running against her. (source)

  • Quiñones-Sánchez’s PAC had to pay a $3,000 fine and Quiñones-Sánchez herself had to pay $1,500 to the Board of Ethics for accepting contributions beyond the limit (source)