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City Council District 7 candidates answer questions from the Kensington community

This story is part of our “Hey, City Hall! It’s us, Kensington” series. Do you have a question for Philly government? Our journalists are here to bring your questions to City Hall on your behalf. Just fill out this form, and we’ll get straight to work.

There are two candidates running for Kensington’s City Council District 7 seat in the primary election. 

District 7 includes Feltonville, Frankford, Harrowgate, Hunting Park, Juniata Park, Kensington, Norris Square, Northwood, Olde Kensington, St. Hugh, and West Kensington. The district is roughly between Roosevelt Boulevard and Master Street. In the Kensington area, the boundary cuts off between 6th Street and Kensington Avenue to Front Street. 

Boundaries for Philadelphia District 7 Map (Philadelphia City Commissioners)

Key issues in the district include gentrification, gun violence, the opioid crisis, sanitation, upkeep for public spaces, and general quality of life.

Former Councilmember Maria Quiñones-Sánchez occupied the seat for 14 years, making history as the first Latina elected to Philadelphia’s City Council. In September 2022, Quiñones-Sánchez resigned from City Council to run for mayor. On April 9, 2023, she dropped out of the race, citing fundraising issues.

District 7 Councilmember Quetcy Lozada is running for reelection after winning the district’s special election in November 2022 after Quiñones-Sánchez’s departure. Andrés Celin, a community organizer, educator, and social worker, is running against Lozada in the primary elections on May 16. Celin and Lozada previously worked for former councilmembers Helen Gym and Quiñones-Sánchez, respectively. 

As part of our “Hey, City Hall! It’s Us, Kensington” project, we asked each candidate questions regarding topics of concern in the neighborhood. Questions were sent to both candidates via email due to time constraints. The selected questions were sourced directly from community members and lightly edited for clarity. We combined a few questions with similar themes. Kensington Voice staff contributed a few questions based on key issues in the district.

Read below to see what they had to say in response. If there’s something else you’d like to ask them, please fill out this form

The District 7 candidates: What they said (in alphabetical order)

Andrés Celin 

For background information on Celin and the Philadelphia primary election: 

Quetcy Lozada

For background information on Lozada and the Philadelphia primary election: 

Editors: Zari Tarazona / Designer: Siani Colón

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