How many of you have heard of all of the judges who ran in the last election? How about all the Council at-large candidates? How about all the State Representative candidates? Most people who show up to vote have not heard of all the candidates. Instead, they're given flyers on the way in, often by their neighbors, suggesting who they should vote for. But who determines what's on the flyers? Ward leaders. And how many of you know who your ward leader is?

Let's use data to show:

  • Who they are
  • What they do
  • Who gives them money
  • How they perform

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Project Activity

Racial math more complicated for Latino community

Metrics from Ward Leader Baseball Cards informed a analysis on mayoral candidate endorsements:

Here’s an example: Supporters of State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams’ campaign for mayor were more than a little peeved when a group of ward leaders and elected officials known as the Northwest Coalition endorsed Kenney for mayor. Williams and the Northwest Coalition members are African American. Kenney is white.

Here’s a key difference: a group of computer whizzes known as Code for Philly this month ranked the city’s Democratic ward leaders based on their history of turning out voters.

The Northwest Coalition ward leaders were in the top five for turnout. The LUPE ward leaders were in the bottom five.

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Code for Philly built Philly ward leader baseball cards

Do you know who your ward leader is? Do you even know what a ward leader is?

Code for Philly wants to help. The civic hacking group built baseball cards to get you acquainted with these local political leaders. The project came out of last month’s Apps for Philly Democracy Hackathon, just in time for baseball’s opening day.

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