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File #: 211004    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 12/9/2021 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 12/16/2021
Title: Recognizing and honoring Al Schmidt for his 10-year tenure as a Philadelphia City Commissioner, and wishing him well as he begins a new chapter in his career as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Committee of Seventy.
Sponsors: Councilmember Jones, Councilmember O'Neill, Council President Clarke, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Thomas, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Gilmore Richardson, Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Gauthier
Attachments: 1. Resolution No. 21100400, 2. Signature21100400
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Recognizing and honoring Al Schmidt for his 10-year tenure as a Philadelphia City Commissioner, and wishing him well as he begins a new chapter in his career as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Committee of Seventy.

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WHEREAS, Al Schmidt is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but is now a proud resident of the 4th Councilmanic District of Philadelphia. He holds a bachelor's degree in History from Allegheny College, and a PhD from Brandeis University; and

WHEREAS, Schmidt has dedicated his life and career to public service. Before serving as an elected official in Philadelphia, Schmidt worked as a Senior Analyst in the Government Accountability Office and was also a Policy Analyst for the Presidential Commission on Holocaust Assets in the United States; and

WHEREAS, Schmidt was elected to serve as a Philadelphia City Commissioner in November of 2011 and is currently serving his third term in office. As a Commissioner, he serves as the Vice-Chairman of the Bipartisan Board of Elections; and

WHEREAS, During Schmidt's time as a City Commissioner, he worked to modernize election operations, improve efficiency, and bring greater integrity to the election process. Schmidt also used his position to advocate for open data, releasing numerous election related reports and exposing vulnerabilities in the election process and voting irregularities; and

WHEREAS, Schmidt remained nonpartisan during his tenure as Commission, with his sole goal being upholding the Democracy. When the results of the 2020 Presidential Election came under attack, Commissioner Schmidt stood up against baseless claims of voter fraud and did everything in his power to ensure an election that was both free and fair. Because of his stance, Commissioner Schmidt was repeatedly attacked by former President Trump and even received death threats against his life and the lives of his three young children; and

WHEREAS, In January of 2022, Schmidt will step down from his el...

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