On April 27, Philly Set Go launched the first of a series of “Dinner and Dialogue” meetings that Philly Set Go is hosting to bring together millennials, elected officials and community leaders in various neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia. The purpose is to foster conversations and relationships, and exchange ideas for a better Philadelphia for all Philadelphians. The first one featured State Representative Jordan Harris, who represents Pennsylvania’s 186th Legislative District and serves as the Chair of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus. The 186th stretches from Passyunk Avenue in the South to Lombard on the north end, and then from Broad Street on the east to the Schuylkill River on the west, with the exception of a small chunk of Kingsessing west of the river. Principally, the district covers the neighborhoods of Graduate Hospital, Point Breeze, Newbold, Gray’s Ferry and Kingsessing, with a small sliver of Center City on the Northern boundary of the district.
Founded in 2015, Philly Set Go’s mission is to organize millennials in every neighborhood in Philadelphia—regardless of party—to become active participants in state and local politics. For too long, the self-interest of elected officials, rather than the shared interests of Philadelphians, has dominated city politics. With 348,000+ registered millennials (18-34) in Philadelphia—the largest registered voter demographic in the city—millennials can change that reality and be the constituency for ethical, effective, and efficient government.
As part of our mission, Philly Set Go, a bipartisan political action committee, endorses candidates for local and state offices that support our agenda and want to work with us to help achieve the City and Commonwealth that our families and communities deserve.
For many Philadelphians, the Office of the Philadelphia Controller seems obscure. The Controller is an elected position, but its elections are held in off-off-years; most of the other elected Philadelphia officials sit in City Hall, while the Controller sits two thirds of the way up the Municipal Services Building. Even inside the city government, the Controller’s office is isolated, mandated by auditing standards to be independent, and working across and with other departments typically only happens during audits. The job of the Controller is mostly out of sight as well; financial and contract oversight are complex topics that deal in process and detail and simply are not as visible as other municipal services.