The last time there was an open council seat for Philadelphia’s Eighth District was 16 years ago. Now that Democratic Councilwoman Donna Reed Miller is leaving, voters in Northwest Philadelphia have a real opportunity to help decide the future direction of the district.
In a district that stretches from North Philly to Chestnut Hill, seven Democratic candidates are in the running in the May 17 primary election. With no Republican candidates on the ballot, the decision Democratic voters will make in just over a month will essentially determine their next councilperson.
In an effort to ensure you have a chance to learn about all of the candidates, NewsWorks today presents the third of seven video statements recorded by the candidates about who they are and what kind of a city councilperson they will be.
Today, we get a chance to hear from Greg Paulmier.
Paulmier is a lifelong resident of Germantown who specializes in rehabbing abandoned properties to turn them into low and moderate income homes. He was a founding board member for the Germantown branch of Habitat for Humanity. He sits on a number of community boards including the Wissahickon Boys and Girls Club.
He currently holds the position of Committeeman in the 12th Ward, where he has in the past served as Ward Leader.
He has run unsuccessfully for City Council three times and hopes this time will be different. He won the top ballot position for the Eighth District, which means his name will be the first of the seven candidates.
Editor’s note: Due to a technical issue NewsWorks is going out of alphabetical order for this video. On Monday, April 11, we will feature Andrew Lofton’s video.