Cindy Bass (D)
Need to Know
A former community development professional, Councilwoman Bass is passionate about fighting blight in northwest Philly.
Served as senior policy adviser on urban and domestic policy to 2nd District U.S. Congressman Chaka Fattah.
Recently introduced $5 county vehicle registration fee bill that would pay for Philly street safety improvements.
Councilwoman Cindy Bass, 47, represents the 8th Council District in Northwest Philadelphia, which includes Chestnut Hill, Mount Airy, Germantown, Nicetown, Tioga, Logan, and parts of North Philadelphia. Councilwoman Bass is a life-long Philadelphian, having grown up in North Philadelphia, graduating from public high school, and received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Temple University. As Chair of Council’s Committee on Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs, Councilwoman Bass has worked to raise the profile of Philadelphia’s parks and cultural institutions while also working to keep these areas safe and desirable for all Philadelphians. Using her background in community development at Mt. Airy, USA, and experience with Fattah, Councilwoman Bass is dedicated to revitalizing the commercial corridors of the 8th District.
Michael Galganski (Free Dominion Party)
Need to Know
Subscribes to an unorthodox political ideology called “Dignitarianism” which holds that “the dignified prerogative of individual choice concerning public domain should be lawfully recognized.”
Believes that taxation is “an unprincipled policy” and advocates creating municipal trusts to fund services, such as a trust for “civic cleaning units” to address litter, for example.
He holds degrees in music composition from SUNY Fredonia, CUNY Queens and Temple University.
Michael Galganski, 43, a Germantown resident, is a City Council candidate for the 8th District. An academic, Galganski teaches in Penn State Abington’s Music Department. He holds degrees in music composition from SUNY Fredonia, CUNY Queens and Temple University, and has also taught at Niagara University and Canisius College in upstate New York, and Philadelphia University. Galganski has also participated in the Western New York Coalition for Worldwide Economic Justice and We Are Change, an organization engaging civil-rights issues. He founded the Free Dominion Political Party in 2012 to promote an ideology he calls Dignitarianism.
Committee of Seventy contributed to this guide.