Darrell L. Clarke
|Darrell L. Clarke|
|President of the Philadelphia City Council|
January 2, 2012
|Preceded by||Anna Verna|
|Member of the Philadelphia City Council from the 5th District|
May 18, 1999
|Preceded by||John Street|
Darrell L. Clarke is an American politician and member of the Democratic Party. He is the President of the Philadelphia City Council, where he represents the Fifth District, which encompasses North Central Philadelphia, Strawberry Mansion, Lower Hunting Park, Ludlow, Yorktown, West Poplar, Fairhill, Brewerytown, Francisville, Spring Garden, Fairmount, Logan Square, and parts of Northwood, Fishtown, Northern Liberties, and Center City.
Early life and education
Election to city council
In December 1998, Street resigned as a member of the City Council and as the body's President.
Clarke ran for, and was elected to, Street's Fifth District seat in the 1999 special election held on the day of the state's primary.
City council tenure
Clarke is a former Majority Whip and is the Chair of the Fiscal Stability and Public Property Committees and Vice Chairman of the Appropriations Committee. He was elected to the position of Council President after the office was vacated by the retiring Anna Verna.
One of Clarke's most notable legislative actions was his introduction of the bill to evict the Cradle of Liberty Council of the Boy Scouts of America from their 80 year old building over their refusal to allow gays and lesbians to serve as scoutmasters. After a protracted legal battle, the bill was overturned in Federal court and the City of Philadelphia was ordered to pay nearly a million dollars in legal fees to the Boy Scouts.
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- "Councilman Darrell L. Clarke - 5th District, Majority Whip". City of Philadelphia.
- "Verna Sure of Support, Primary Leaves Her With Votes to Continue as Council Pres.". Philadelphia Daily News. May 20, 1999. Unknown parameter
- Slobodzian, Joseph A. (2007-06-01). "Council votes to end city lease with Boy Scouts". Philadelphia Inquirer.[dead link]
- Councilman Darrell L. Clarke - 5th District official city website
- Councilman Clarke official personal website
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