2019 City Council District 8 Candidate


Tonya Bah

Party: Democrat
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Bah was born and raised in Philadelphia, and attended Temple University before she had to drop out to earn money for her family. After, she worked in the hotel industry for more than a decade, while becoming engaged in several nonprofits, advocacy groups, and community groups.


The information below comes from the campaign website.

Governance and ethics

  • Vows to make public, regular reports that show expenditures of government money in the 8th District


  • Generally supports increasing funding for public education

  • Supports removing health hazards such as mold and asbestos from schools

  • Supports halting future expansion of charter schools and increasing oversight of existing charter schools

  • Opposes privatization and outsourcing of education


  • Supports ending the 10-year tax abatement, and supports using the money for education

  • Supports implementing Payments In Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) for large tax-exempt organizations such as hospitals and universities

  • Supports increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour, or implement an impact fee on companies that pay less than $15 an hour and use the collected revenue for supplemental income payments

  • Supports reducing the wage tax for lower income earners

  • Supports the right to unionize


  • Supports implementing rent control

  • Supports strengthening “good cause” eviction standards, which protect renters from eviction

  • Supports inclusionary zoning policies that would require 20% of units onsite to be for households earning lower than 30% of the Area Median Income, or to create an equal amount of units offsite

Criminal justice reform

  • Opposes stop-and-frisk policies

  • Generally supports alternatives to incarceration when possible


  • Vows to oppose any further development of fossil fuel infrastructure

  • Supports policies that would make 100% of Philadelphia’s energy renewable by 2035