Pennsylvania’s 197th District includes parts of Feltonville, Hunting Park, Glenwood, Fairhill, North Square and Francisville.
Wards and Divisions in District 197: Wards 11*(Divisions 01-03, 07, 08, 11, 13, 19, 20), 16*(Divisions 01-05), 19, 37*(Divisions 15, 16, and 18-20), 42*(Divisions 02-11, and 22), 43, and 49*(Division 01.)
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Danilo Burgos (D)
Danilo Burgos moved to Philadelphia with his family in 1990 and is a graduate of Olney High School. He directed constituent services for Councilman Allan Domb and before that, was a zoning specialist for Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez. He is the cofounder of Philadelphia's Dominican Grocers' Association, has sat on the boards of the Eastern Pennsylvania Organizing Project and Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and has been involved with Proyectos Sin Fronteras. Burgos previously campaigned for this seat in 2014 but lost in the primary to Leslie Acosta, who went on to win the general election.
One big thing I've accomplished that voters should know about is...I have connected with many residents, businesses and students in my District. They have spoken and I have listened. I have endeavored to resolve the issues that most affect those in the district . I am proud that I know the myriad of governmental systems extremely well and can navigate it effectively to help those in the 197th.
If elected, one thing I'd work tirelessly to achieve is...provide the most basic of services that affect the lives of those who reside, work, and study. Be an advocate for the downtrodden masses that do not ask for much but rather require the most basic and simple of necessities and the pursuit of life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.
If elected, one thing I'd never vote for is...supporting any regressive tax i.e., soda tax. HOWEVER, it is a very difficult question to answer since circumstances may dictate a reconsideration based on a new scenario or facts that may have arisen.