Maria Quiñones Sánchez

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I am running for Mayor of Philadelphia to ensure that every neighborhood is safe and every Philadelphian thrives.

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No one has been more of a pragmatic progressive since her election to Council in 2007 than Quiñones Sánchez, and she’s done it in a particularly badass way, by leaning in to hard calls, by flying in the face of orthodoxy when need be, and by time and again standing up to, and staring down, the entrenched political machine. The Philadelphia Citizen

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. 
– The Philadelphia Sun

Philadelphians love an underdog, and no one fits that bill better than Quiñones Sánchez. She’s the rare pragmatic pugilist – someone with deeply-held beliefs about policy, but willing to compromise to get things done for her constituents. Philly 3.0

Between her progressive bona fides, her laser focus on business tax reform, and the fact that without party backing, she’s fought for every win, she’ll be battle-tested and formidable… Philadelphia Magazine


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Maria’s Plan for a Safer Philadelphia

As Philadelphia’s Accountability Mayor, I will make sure that every city leader and every city department is working to make Philadelphia safer. When our only answer is for police to show up after a crime, that means government has failed.

My comprehensive public safety strategy reimagines the role of all government departments, while transforming the police and criminal legal system. With training, equipment, and innovation, all city workers will contribute to our public safety mission. 
Read my Public Safety Plan »


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


years in City Council


bills sponsored 


small neighborhood businesses no longer pay the BRT Tax


Watch Public Safety Plan coverage on NBC10

In a new public safety plan, Philadelphia mayoral candidate Maria Quiñones Sanchez proposes a conversation to “reimagine” the Philadelphia Police Department and suggests establishing a public safety dashboard and investing in a system of cameras in the city. But not included in the plan – shared first with NBC10’s Lauren Mayk – is any reference to guns, as Philadelphia struggles to contain daily gun violence. Watch it now »

‘Is she viable?’ Mayoral candidate María Quiñones Sánchez says her campaign has a bite.

“Quiñones Sánchez raised a total of $548,000 in 2022, according to a campaign spokesperson, and starts the new year with a sizable portion of that amount to kick off a crowded mayoral race…” Read More »

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.