Maria Quiñones Sánchez

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Maria is widely regarded as Philadelphia’s most effective leader and legislator.


years in City Council


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small neighborhood businesses no longer pay the BRT Tax


In Philadelphia, Gun Violence Supercharges an Unprecedented Mayoral Race
The Trace

“People talk about it from the data perspective and from the abstract. But this is what I live every single day,” she said. “I’ve done all that I can as a City Council member. Ultimately, policy and enforcement is decided by the mayor, and in this particular case, we have disagreed with their strategy, and I join with the residents of Kensington in saying, ‘We can’t keep doing this. It is unfair, it’s discriminatory.’” Read More »

The Philadelphia Citizen

SHE’S A MAVERICK, who has won four City Council races in her district — all without the support of the city’s Democratic machine. Read More »

Maria Quiñones Sanchez, Derek Green join race for Philadelphia mayor

Quiñones-Sanchez, who chaired the education and appropriations committees, acknowledged that the city has invested in secondary programs designed to help the most hard-hit communities, but she said greater leadership is necessary. Read More »

The Race Begins …
The Philadelphia Sun

If there is anyone among the current group of people either running for mayor of Philadelphia or considering the job that can speak to all or most of the city’s issues, it’s Maria Quinones-Sanchez. Read More »

Gun violence will be a top issue for Philly’s next mayor. Where do the announced candidates stand? 

“We should not be saying the D.A. and the police commissioner are not on the same page,” she said. “That is the executive’s role to say ‘we are going to have one common vision’… that is what’s missing, and that kind of leadership only the mayor can provide, to assure people that all of those components are working together.” Read more  »

The race begins: Philly Council members Maria Quiñones-Sánchez and Derek Green are running for mayor
The Philadelphia Inquirer

She is “unapologetic” about her belief that the next mayor should be a woman. Read More »

Maria Quiñones Sánchez resigns from Philly council, launches bid for mayor
The Philadelphia Tribune

“I am a candidate for mayor, the first official candidate in the historic election.” She said that she wants to fix what she believes is a “broken city.” Read More »


Maria Quiñones Sánchez is a veteran activist with over 30 years of service to the City of Philadelphia. Most recently, she represented North Philadelphia’s 7th Council District for the last 14 years, where she is widely regarded as Philadelphia’s most effective leader and legislator.

Maria is a pragmatic progressive – driven by her unwavering passion for helping vulnerable people in need. She has unmatched expertise and wisdom from decades in the trenches of Philadelphia government. She’s known for tackling impossibly complex problems, uniting leaders with opposing views, and getting things done.

Maria moved to Philadelphia from Puerto Rico as a baby. Her mother was a factory worker and her father, a farmworker. She was raised in public housing before moving to Hunting Park.

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I wrote about how the Latino diaspora in the U.S. observes Thanksgiving and how they use the holiday to take stock of community. Thank you to @DelValleforPA and @MariaQSanchez for opening up about your traditions and sharing family quirks w/me. @ALDIANews

Hey Philly, this is Tomas typing, Maria's son. My mom handed me her phone so that I could post this — Tomorrow is her birthday - please click here to send my mom a birthday message. We're turning it into a card for her!

We need to show up big today Philly and VOTE @joshshapiroPA for Governor, @johnfetterman for US Senate, and @LozadaQuetcy for City Council District 7. When I changed the City Charter to include multi-language access, this is exactly what I had in mind. Now let's get it done.

Many of you are asking about my plan on public safety for Philadelphia. It can seem trivial to talk about anything other than violence and crime right now. But I’m not yet ready to do that for several reasons. 1/5

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