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.
For additional event information you can head over to Generocity for additional town hall coverage or view the video of the event thanks to PhillyCAM. Also, you can follow #DAforPHL to see the stream of tweets during the event. Our guests were active!
In a period of political upheaval and significant renewed political engagement–particularly among the millennial demographic – Philadelphia will hold primary elections on May 16 for its District Attorney (DA), Controller and various judgeships. To leverage that enthusiasm, Philly Set Go hosted a millennial-focused town hall on April 12 featuring all eight of the Philadelphia DA candidates before a packed millennial audience at Plays and Players Theater in Center City.