Cindy Bass (Democrat)
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Cindy Bass (Democrat)


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What is one life experience you have that voters should know about?

My service as president of East Mt. Airy Neighbors was one of my most rewarding experiences ever. It was then and is now truly and honor to serve the people.

What would be your top three policy priorities in office?


1. Repairing the city's property reassessment process to prevent unexpected property tax increases.

2. Gun violence

3. Trash dumping and blight.

What sets you apart from other candidates?

I'm best known for my fierce tenacity. When I believe in something that I know will benefit my constituents and all Philadelphians, I don't back down. That's how I secured additional funds for my district after it didn't receive its fair share of REBUILD program dollars compared to other districts that had similar need for projects to overhaul and spruce up City parks, libraries and rec centers. I fought for my district and didn't give up until my constituents got what they deserved.

How do you plan to work across ideological lines to achieve shared goals?

From the time I was elected in 2012 until my current term, I've repeatedly found common ground with colleagues with whom I have differences. For example, I co-chaired a special committee on child separation with my colleague from a different party. Despite that, we were able to lead the committee together, agree on goals, and collaborate on a report that exposed the unacceptable performance of Community Umbrella Agencies and proposed recommendations for improvement in an effort to protect Philadelphia's children. I've also supported the legislation of colleagues whose ideologies were not 100 percent aligned with mine because I was able to overlook our differences and recognize their legislation's merit. Should I be fortunate enough to be able to represent the 8th District, I plan to continue my collaborative approach.

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