Two Philadelphia millennials are running as Democrats for at-large City Council seats.
Isaiah Thomas, a 30-year-old adjunct professor at Lincoln University, is running for Council for the second time. In 2011, he finished eighth in the race for one of the seven at-large seats.
“My focus is public education,” he said, “seeing what I can do to wrap my arms around that and essentially walk the city of Philadelphia through a process of rectifying public education, so every child is at least afforded the opportunity to receive a quality education. Because that’s not the case right now.”
First-time candidate George Matysik, 33, director of government affairs at the hunger relief organization Philabundance, said he would attempt to fight poverty if elected to City Council.
“I spend all day at my job at Philabundance trying to relieve poverty for today,” he said. “But I know that, as a city, we need to begin looking at how we’re going to end poverty for tomorrow. And I think that starts with a plan that invests in education and economic development and in job creation.”
The primary election is set for May 19, and the general election will be held Nov. 3.