Gary Grisafi
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Gary Grisafi


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

Teaching guitar to many students through the past 40 years from ages 5 to 80 is a great experience of my life. Seeing kids grow to be professional musicians including a Grammy Award for “Best Rock Album”. I also love seeing kids being happy and thrilled to be learning a musical instrument. Adults learn to relieve stress from a very busy life of work and family, some learn because it was always their dream to play the guitar, and some do it as "Music Therapy" which helps them mentally and physically. Teaching guitar and music is still an incredible experience that I love and makes me very happy that I can put a smile on all students faces.

What would be your top three policy priorities in office?


Crime: Murder, gun violence and all types of crime has been increasing over the past four years. Stiffer gun and crime laws and give the police the funds and tools to do their job. Education on this matter will also help.

Education: Gun violence, crime, respect for other people, pride in your neighborhood, math, English, the dangers of doing drugs and preparation for high school, college and trade schools will be top priority in the Public Schools.

Lowering taxes will help small businesses and residents of Philadelphia. Lowering Real Estate tax, City wage tax and Sales tax will keep people living here, buying here, and investing here in Philadelphia.

What sets you apart from other candidates?

What sets me apart from other candidates is all the different experiences I had throughout my entire life in Philadelphia. Being a father, grandfather, husband, business owner, teacher, performer, guitar player, entertainer, ward leader, committee person, constituent representative for a Philadelphia Councilman, construction safety specialist and educator, VP of my local civic and town watch association, security guard, cook, restaurant manager and most important I’m a very hard worker who is honest and loves his community and city.

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

I always treat people with respect and I listen to people and professionally interact with everyone, including people with completely different views. I will use my experience as a teacher, performer, community leader and business owner to communicate with others to achieve shared goals.

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