This is the only Council district that’s seeing an actual contest. On one side you have State Representative Charelle Parker, a protégé of Councilwoman Tasco–who is vacating the seat. In 2011 Tasco retired for one day and took her DROP payment.
Parker was made leader of the Philadelphia Delegation—the Democratic state legislators who represent Philly in Harrisburg. Which these days is a fairly nothing-of-a-job since Philadelphia has been completely outmoded in Harrisburg, especially in the House.
Parker’s own public resume lists the majority of her employment since the 1990s has been in Tasco’s office.
So Charelle Parker has worked, or not worked, for years on problems such as the Logan Triangle–which from space looks like a significantly-sized meteorite struck the city and wiped out a dozen blocks.
Oh, and there’s that drunk-driving thing.
Meanwhile there is Kevin Strickland. Kevin works for an EMT company and is fed up with the slow decline that has been going on in some of the southern and eastern areas of the 9th District which covers East Oak Lane and especially the dreaded Logan Triangle.
Kevin is also interested in creating stricter anti-nepotism rules in City hiring to mimic the practice found in most major companies.
He’s an outsider candidate and wasn’t pampered in the City Hall regime like Parker was.
This is extremely important because East Oak Lane residents that I have talked to are deathly afraid that their neighborhood and blocks will face decline. East Oak Lane resembles Mayfair—same exact style of housing, same incomes, same concerns. The only thing that’s different between the two are demographics. The spread of blightlords and absentee-owned properties is on the minds of these residents and in Logan the exasperation is that nothing will ever get done to address the blight caused by the demolition of the Logan Triangle, which happened all the way back in 1984.
I am never going to endorse a candidate that turns a deaf ear or does nothing about blight. Kevin Strickland is going to attack it. With Parker you’ll get someone who acts like they care and then radio silence after that.
So for that reason, to all my readers on the Cheltenham border in Logan and East Oak Lane, I ask you to vote for Kevin on Tuesday. This area of Philadelphia needs a fighter who will use the District Council spot to protect his district from further decline.