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Apr. 20, 2017 10:51 am

Civic hackers created ‘the best online resource’ to understand Philly’s political machinery

The Committee of Seventy's Pat Christmas on PhillyWardLeaders.com.

A look at PhillyWardLeaders.com.

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This is an abridged version of an article from the Committee of Seventy’s Pat Christmas, as part of a series of guest posts about Code for Philly’s Civic Engagement Launchpad. The unabridged version can be found here, on Code for Philly’s website.


Much of the political power in Philadelphia still resides in the ward system. Want to run for Municipal Court judge? Sheriff? City Council? Most elected offices in the city aren’t attainable without working through the wards. The city is divided into 69, each with Democratic and Republican ward leaders elected by partisan committeepeople. These folks are the infrastructure of Philly’s oft-mentioned political machinery — and not many people know who they are.

So where does civic hacking come in?

PhillyWardLeaders.com was created in 2015 as part of Code for Philly’s Apps for Democracy hackathon and is the best online resource on ward politics in the city. The app features ward leader profiles, committeeperson lists, voter turnout data and a 101 on how partisan wards work. It’s also a case in point for how products that emerge from this year’s Civic Engagement Launchpad, a monthlong event instead of a weekend sprint, can confer enormous benefits on Philadelphia’s civic life.

The next major upgrade could include a system to maintain updated committeeperson lists with phone, email and social media contacts. With four-year terms, committeepeople slots turnover constantly. It’s a fair bet that no up-to-date list of ward leaders and committeepeople for the city has ever existed. PhillyWardLeaders.com would have the first.

To find out more about how PhillyWardLeaders.com could improve the way the ward system works and shed light on local political power, read my full article here.

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P.S.: Six teams are gearing up for the Civic Engagement Launchpad’s Project Demo Night on April 25. I’d recommend coming out for the show.

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