Philadelphia City Council decided last month to allow members affected by redistricting to begin serving their new constituents this month — three years before the new districts were to take effect in 2016.
City Paper reports that decision had largely to do with disputes over Northeast Philadelphia’s 56th Ward — split among Council members Brian O’Neill, R-10th; Maria Quinones-Sanchez, D-7th; and Bobby Henon, D-6th. The new districts that were originally set for implementation in 2016 would put most of the Ward, led by Democrat John Sabatina, in O’Neill’s district.
What this means for residents of the 56th Ward (and those in a few other pockets around the city) is that they may have a new council person, as of this past Monday. These maps show the old and new district maps, as well as the parts of the city being transitioned to new districts. Take a close look to see if you’re being affected, and use the Committee of Seventy’s politician-finder tool to see who represents you.