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 second of seven video statements recorded by the candidates about who they are and what kind of a city councilperson they will be.
We’ll run three this week and four next week in alphabetical order. Today, we get a chance to hear from William Durham.
He is a long-time Northwest resident and who has been active in the Democratic Party and with campaigns for years. He has served as director of field services for Congressmen Bob Brady and Joe Hoeffel, and as a community liaison officer for State Representative John Myers.
He also has served as one of the city’s Democratic committeepersons and vice president of the 35th Police District Advisory Council. Currently, he chairs the Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee for the 4th Senatorial District.
He currently holds the position of LaSalle University’s Community Liaison.