PHL Candidate Forum Roundup 2015

"We are the change we wish to see in the world."

Did you know in the 2010 PA primary election, the voter turnout rate was 14.8%?! (Source) Did you also know that local elections for officials have more of an impact on your daily life that the federal elections? So why miss out?

Coming up on May 19 are the primary elections for Philadelphia's next mayor and candidates for city council so we want to make sure that you have a chance or two to get to know your candidates that are running. So we're not going to summarize the candidates viewpoints and beliefs for your here, we're going to leave that up to you but we've put together a list of all the mayoral events that are happening in the next few weeks so you can learn where the candidates stand on issues that you care about including biking, sustainable business, and technology.

Mayoral Candidates

The principal task of the Mayor is to ensure the smooth running of the city and to ensure the social, economic, environmental and cultural wellbeing of the community

Better Mobility Mayoral Forum - March 19th

Hosted by: Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia

A transportation and mobility platform for Philadelphia’s next mayor and City Council.

2015 Mayoral Debate - A Roadmap for Growth - April 7

Hosted by: The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce

Join business and civic leaders from throughout the city for a forum and reception with the candidates for Mayor of Philadelphia. Through a moderated debate, the candidates will address issues critical to the business community.

BUILD Philly Coalition Mayoral Forum - April 8

Hosted by: Delaware Valley Green Building Council

BUILD Philly (Built environment, Urban, Infrastructure, Land use, and Development) is a new coalition of professional organizations and nonprofits addressing issues in the City of Philadelphia related to the built environment. 

Philly Tech Week Mayoral Forum - April 20

Hosted by: Philly

Come out to the only mayoral forum dedicated to the issues of technology, entrepreneurship, innovation and the retention of this city's blossoming creative class.

Good Economy Challenge: Mayoral Forum** - April 25

Hosted by: Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia

Once every four years, the voters of Philadelphia have the opportunity to choose candidates for Mayor and City Council. Now is our chance to persuade candidates to embrace the challenge of a more sustainable local economy including small businesses, local procurement, Green City Clean Waters, solar homes, and social enterprise (or B Corps). 

**Forsei is on the SBN Policy committee planning the Good Economy Challenge and coordinating the policy around incentivizing B Corps. 

City Council Candidates

Philadelphia City Council decides how to spend $4.5 BILLION every year. They also decide what can get built in this city, where, and when. Council can veto bike lanes, change trash collection, and raise or reduce parking tickets (YIP).

Good Economy Challenge: City Council Candidate Twitter Chat - April 8

Hosted by: Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia, Green Philly Blog, Forsei Consulting

Join SBN, Forsei, and GPB on Twitter at 12p on April 1 as we ask the city council candidates questions with regards to the issues and solutions addressed in the Good Economy Challenge including small businesses, local procurement, Green City Clean Waters, solar homes, and social enterprise (B Corps).

City Council Candidate Convention - April 2

Hosted by: Young Involved Philadelphia

Please join us at the first ever City Council Candidate Convention, organized by Young Involved Philadelphia (YIP) and the Committee of Seventy and hosted by WHYY. This is a great opportunity for young Philadelphians to meet with, speak with, and learn more about the candidates running for council. All of the declared City Council candidates have been invited to to engage and hear from their current/prospective constituents (That’s you!).  

Did we miss a forum or other candidate event that's working to build a better economy in Philly? Shoot us an email at so we can promote it here!