There are far too many people who feel they don’t have a voice in the government and the city. I want to speak for those in poverty, people living in unsafe neighborhoods or looking for a job. I intend to stand up for residents who want cleaner streets with fewer potholes and people who are being gentrified out of their neighborhoods. Right now, there is a failure of leadership. With no real plans to address the challenges, the mayor has not earned a free pass back into office.
Even those who share in the city’s prosperity are navigating potholes, disgusted with the dirty streets and understand that our poverty rate and public safety problems affect all of us. The mayor’s budget plan asked us to forget about the last 4 years and imagine 2024. Even then, if you own property, you better imagine yourself paying much higher taxes because that’s what the mayor has planned.
I also hope to model the kind of transparent, accountable, results-oriented leadership the city needs and our next generation deserves.
I still live in the house where my parents raised me in West Philadelphia and believe in our neighborhoods. My grassroots campaign is going to take our message straight to the people. I am better prepared and even more confident that we can do better and move beyond our “tale of two cities”. We can be a global city that takes care of its neighborhoods.
Note: State Senator Anthony Hardy Williams (8th Senatorial District) has been honored to serve the residents of West and Southwest Philadelphia for 20 years as senator and previously as State Representative of the 191st District. He has been dedicated to fighting for the civil and human rights; education, safer neighborhoods and access to economic opportunity.