Green will be regular at Philly City Council meetings to get peek at new job

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 Derek Green talks to his mentor, Councilwoman Marian Tasco, in Council's Caucus room. (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

Derek Green talks to his mentor, Councilwoman Marian Tasco, in Council's Caucus room. (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

Philadelphia City Council will have a visitor each week for the rest of the year. 

Derek Green won in the Democratic primary with the highest vote tally for a city council at large seat.  That means he’s virtually assured of being elected in November.

And he says he’ll be at the council session every week to get up to speed on some of the issues he’ll be dealing with next year.

“Right now, I’m just going to be listening to the residents and constituents across Philadelphia,” he said. “I plan to try to come to Council every Thursday to get caught up on the issues into January.”

Green admits he has an inside track in city government.

“I’ve been fortunate enough to work for Marian Tasco, who is one of the leading political leaders in our city,” he said. “And I’ve had experience being an assistant district attorney, deputy city solicitor and also a small business lender for Meridian Bank in North Philadelphia.”

If you’re surprised Green was the biggest vote getter in the primary, so was he.

“I was somewhat surprised, I can’t lie about that.” he said. “I was fortunate to have the No. 1 ballot position, but also fortunate to be endorsed by a number of different organizations across the city and also have a lot of support from Councilwoman Tasco and ward leaders across the city.”

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