Event07 Apr 2011 03:30 pm

The retirement of City Councilman Frank DiCicco means that for the first time since 1995 this year’s election for the First District Council is a wide open affair. With the Primary Election just six weeks away, it’s time to get to know the candidates seeking election to this position.

The Passyunk Square Civic Association in a partnership with Lower Moyamensing Civic Association, East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association, Columbus Square Advisory Council, and the South Broad Street Neighborhood Association is sponsoring a candidate forum for the four guys who are running for City Council in the 1st District. They are Vern Anastasio, Joe Grace, Jeff Hornstein, and Mark Squilla.

Here are the details:

What: District 1 City Council Candidates Night
Date and Time: Thursday, April 14, at 6:30 pm
Location: Neumann-Goretti High School (11th & Moore)

Attendees will be able to submit questions for the candidates in writing on the night of the meeting so come ready to do some grillin’. You’re unlikely to hear, see or read too much about this election anywhere unless (as I wrote elsewhere) “Charlie Sheen decides to enter the race and his opponent is a structurally deficient Southwest Airlines 737” so this is your chance to learn about the candidates firsthand.

Polls open at 7am on May 17 for the Primary Election. All of the candidates for the 1st Council District are Democrats so this election will essentially be determined during that election. Due to Pennsylvania’s closed primary system, you must be a registered Democrat to take part in that election. You have until April 18, 2011 to register to vote or change your existing registration. Information on how to do that can be found at the commonwealth Department of State website. We will post information again about the election and where to find your polling place but you can always go to the Committee of Seventy’s Online Citizen’s Guide. It’s a pretty cool application that allows you to enter your home address and find out who all of your elected officials are AND who your ward leaders are (more about what ward leaders and committee people are in a future post).

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