A Philadelphia city councilman is expected to attend his final session this week before moving on head the School Reform Commission.
Councilman Bill Green is just awaiting paperwork from Harrisburg before his SRC appointment is official. At that point, he said, he will resign his Council position.
“I have to receive my commission from the governor and have to resign prior to the first meeting of the SRC that I would attend,” Green said.
Council President Darrell Clarke will still not give a firm commitment as to when a special election will be held to replace Green.
“I traditionally am a Council president that is inclusive in terms of significant substantive issues in Council,” Clarke said. “So I won’t arbitrarily make that decision on my own, I will talk to other leaders in Council.”
There is still time to hold a special election in conjunction with the May primary, Clarke said.
It will be up to the parties to pick the candidates to run for the post; with Democrats outnumbering Republicans in voter registration by a wide margin, it’s virtually assured that the Democratic candidate will win the post.
Green will replace Pedro Ramos as chair of the SRC while Farah Jimenez Green, CEO of People’s Emergency Center, will fill another vacancy on the five-member board that governs the Philadelphia School District.