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 final of our 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 Verna Tyner. A resident and community organizer in the Tioga section of Philadelphia.
She is a founding board member and the current treasurer of Tioga United, a community resident association. She has served as Chief of Staff to Councilmen Bill Greenlee and the late Councilman David Cohen.