A prospective and former Philadelphia City Councilman stood at a noisy corner on Kensington Avenue calling for a re-match.While the El thundered by and cars with music blasting rolled by the corner of Kensington Avenue and Somerset Street, Danny Savage said he’s running in the 7th District because he doesn’t like the direction the community is heading.”I am doing it because I love this community and I was born here,” said Savage. “But it’s time for a government that focuses on neighborhoods–not just downtown. If you elect me, that’s exactly what I’ll do.”Savage also went after incumbent council member Maria Quinones-Sanchez — pointing out her run in with the Board of Ethics. The Quinones-Sanchez Campaign agreed to pay a $2,250 fine, for violating the City’s campaign finance law during the 2007 campaign. The law says candidates for City elective office can run only one political action committee.
The Council woman says despite crime troubles in the district, she’s proud of work she has done on the issue.
“Both the public service area and the smart community policing initiative that the city is undertaking were piloted in the seventh council district,” said Quinones-Sanchez. “Both of those intiatives have led to a reduction in crime. and those would include some of the beat cops that are walking the streets in addition to dealing with some of the L&I vacant land pieces,” she said.