Philadelphia, PA – Republican City Council at Large candidate Matt Wolfe announced today his intent to implement term limits for City Council when elected. Wolfe means what he says as he also pledged to term limit himself to a single term. Philadelphia is one of the few major cities across America that does not have any term limits for municipal council members.
“I believe that we should have term limits at every level of government, but City Council can make a difference right here right now,” said Wolfe. “We are all too often governed by career politicians. How’s that been working for you?,” asked Wolfe. Incumbents have tremendous advantages in getting reelected, using the power of their office and their staff to raise money and garner political favors. “It is often true that a member of Philadelphia’s City Council is more likely to die in office or go to jail than be defeated in an election.”
“Public service should be just that, ‘service,’ not a profession,” Wolfe continued. Not having regular turnover of elected officials prevents new ideas from being tried as times and needs change. “When City Council members are more concerned with reelection than doing what is in the best interests of the city, it leads to pandering to special interest groups and corruption.” Right now Councilman Bobby Henon is under federal indictment and facing a criminal trial for corruption, Councilman Kenyatta Johnson is under investigation by the FBI and the taxpayers paying his bills for criminal defense lawyers and City Council President Darrell Clarke is reported to be under investigation by the Inspector General. “This level of political corruption is not at all uncommon in Philadelphia or on Philadelphia’s City Council,” said Wolfe. “The better question is whether it is just the tip of the iceberg right now?”
Wolfe pledged to serve only a single term. “I want people to know that when I vote, whether they like my vote or not, that I am voting for what I think is in their best interests, not because I think it will get me reelected,” said Wolfe. “It also demonstrates that bringing term limits to Philadelphia is really a priority and not just a talking point. I want to give back to my city and then go back to my normal life and job,” said Wolfe. “I’m not looking for a new career and a pension.”
About Matt Wolfe: Matt Wolfe, a Philadelphia attorney, is a former Deputy Attorney General and was appointed by former Republican DA Ron Castille as a Special Assistant DA. He served in Governor Tom Ridge’s administration helping to grow Pennsylvania’s economy and attract new jobs. Matt is a graduate of Bishop McDevitt High School, Penn, and Villanova Law School.