Philadelphia, July 9, 2019 – Philadelphia City Council President Darrell L. Clarke (5th District) today issued the following statement in response to the news that former Philadelphia City Commissioner and Ward Leader Marge Tartaglione passed away at the age of 86:
“The first thing that is memorable about Marge is that she not only demanded a seat at the table in Philadelphia politics, she retained it with a presence that was trailblazing. Today, we’re seeing more women doing that on the national stage but when Marge started, it certainly wasn’t the norm. In the rough and tumble world that was Philadelphia politics, even people who disagreed with Marge came to respect and admire her dedication.
“Marge also always made time to listen to the average person. If you went in her office with a question or a concern, she made time for you. You might have to listen to one of her political stories first, but she would listen to you! Marge Tartaglione was, in many ways, a reflection of how Philadelphians like to see themselves: tough, strong, and completely committed to their communities. That’s who she was.
I send my condolences and prayers to her daughter, Sen. Christine Tartaglione and all the members of her family.”
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