Tasco calls it a Council career, but vows to stay active

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 Philadelphia City Councilwoman Marian Tasco, left, is retiring after a nearly half-century political career. She intends to stay active in city life. (AP file photo)

Philadelphia City Councilwoman Marian Tasco, left, is retiring after a nearly half-century political career. She intends to stay active in city life. (AP file photo)

A Philadelphia political legend is retiring from City Council, but not from city life. 

Saying it was time to bring in “a fresh face with new ideas,” City Councilwoman Marian Tasco is leaving elected office after deciding not to run for another term.  

“I’m comfortable in leaving,” she said. “I will miss City Council, I will miss city government, but as a citizen and as an advocate I will always have a voice.”

Tasco’s 45-year political career reads like a “Who’s Who” of city state and federal government in the city.

“My first campaign was with John White, and then I was campaign manager for Bill Gray,” she said referring to the late lawmaker served in Congress. “Then in 1983, I ran for city commissioner. I left there and ran for City Council in 1987. And I’ve been here since 1988.”

Tasco has served on various boards, including heading the Philadelphia Gas Commission, and she said she and wants to stay active that way.

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