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Primary Candidate Profile: Phylicia Porter, for Council District 10

In 1-2 sentences, explain why you are running for District 10 and what motivated you to seek this position.

I am running for District 10 on the Baltimore City Council because I believe in the power of public service to positively impact people's lives. My motivation stems from a deep-seated passion for serving my community and effecting meaningful change in the lives of those I represent.

In 1-2 sentences, describe how your background and/or previous experience has prepared you to serve as Councilwoman?

My extensive experience as both a Council person for four years and a dedicated community organizer for a decade equips me with the insight and skills necessary to effectively address the needs of District 10 on the Baltimore City Council. My commitment to building healthy communities and tackling quality of life issues positions me well to serve the constituents of our district with passion and effectiveness.

 What are your top 3 priorities or key goals if elected as Councilwoman?

As the elected representative of District 10, my top priorities would be to ensure efficient and effective governance, foster community-centered economic development initiatives, and advocate for meaningful environmental justice reform to protect our shared resources and ensure a sustainable future for all residents.

What do you see as the most pressing issue facing District 10 residents right now?

District 10, where food, transit, economic, housing, and health insecurities are prevalent, requires my leadership. Due to my understanding of the complex interplay between these issues and my track record of addressing them effectively, I am the ideal candidate to advocate for vulnerable populations. I have already made a tangible difference in constituents' lives by consistently advocating for equitable access to essential resources and services. For example, I have secured more than $600,000 in investment funds for 25 community based organizations. In addition, I have elevated the economic profile of the current 13 community district to ensure residents have a better quality of life in their own neighborhoods through the 2020 Census redistricting process. Lastly, I have reimagined food policy within the district securing a multi- organization network food distribution that spans from Pigtown/ Washington Village to Curtis Bay.

What else would you like voters to know? Feel free to share any other perspectives or details about your background, priorities and vision.

My ability to build coalitions and collaborate across sectors demonstrates my effectiveness as a leader who can bring diverse stakeholders together to achieve common objectives. My goal is to maximize the impact of collective action and promote positive change in District 10 by fostering partnerships between residents, schools, community organizations, and government agencies. My clear vision for creating healthier, more equitable communities should convince District 10 residents to fully support my campaign. As someone with a proven track record, a commitment to eliminating systemic inequalities, and a collaborative approach, I am the ideal candidate for continuing District 10's valuable work.

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