Councilwoman Bass’ spokesman leaves City Hall to helm state-rep PAC

 Joseph Corrigan (third from right in red circle) is leaving Eighth District City Councilwoman Cindy Bass' office, where he served as spokesman. (NewsWorks, file art)

Joseph Corrigan (third from right in red circle) is leaving Eighth District City Councilwoman Cindy Bass' office, where he served as spokesman. (NewsWorks, file art)

A City Council staffer in Northwest Philadelphia has stepped down to work in state politics.

Joseph Corrigan, spokesperson for Eighth District City Councilwoman Cindy Bass, will be executive director of Sims4PA PAC, a political action committee for state Rep. Brian Sims (D-182).

His last day in City Council was Friday after nearly two years on the job. He officially begins his new gig Sept. 23.

“I feel incredibly fortunate to be working for an independent leader like Brian Sims,” said Corrigan in a statement (PDF.). “It is important that we find and retain young, energetic progressives like Brian for elected office to fight for progressive values like improved education funding, marriage equality, and infrastructure improvement on behalf of the people of Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

He added that he appreciates Sims’ commitment to being a “bridge builder,” someone who won’t walk away from the table because there is a difference of opinion.

Reflecting on time at City Hall

Asked about his time in City Council, Corrigan said he learned how important it is to simply be accessible to constituents.

“It’s amazing how much showing up and listening to people will do,” he said. “People just want to be heard.”

Corrigan’s duties will include running fundraising efforts and being a senior advisor.

Sims has not officially announced that he wants to be on the November 2014 ballot.

“I am very pleased to have Joe on my team,” said Sims, who represents parts of Center City and South Philadelphia. “He brings a wealth of political, fundraising, and communications experience in Philadelphia and in surrounding counties, as well as the dedication, tenacity, and vigor I need to run a strong campaign to continue to represent the 182nd District and to support progressive issues and candidates across the Commonwealth.”

Sims is serving his first term in Harrisburg. The former policy attorney is the first openly gay state lawmaker to be elected in Pennsylvania.

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