Tuesday, March 27, 2007
My friend Haile Johnston is on the ballot for 5th District City Council primary coming up on May 15. Haile is a great guy with a huge heart and boundless energy who genuinely believes in Philly's potential & in the importance of our communities. After graduating from UPenn's Wharton School, Haile (a native of Philadelphia who grew up in Germantown) and his wife Tatiana (also a Wharton grad, native of Guatemala), chose to STAY here in Philly & channel their passion, creativity, & considerable smarts as agents of positive change.
A resident of Strawberry Mansion, Haile founded the East Park Revitalization Alliance (EPRA), a non-profit, with his wife Tatiana. They have planted over 300 trees, built community gardens, created jobs for local residents, engaged neighborhood kids in positive community building activies through after school and summer programming, and continue to manage over 13 acres of vacant land.
Haile also worked for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health to enhance nutrition and recreation programs in order to combat childhood obesity and to ban trans fats from Philadelphia restaurants. His concern for the health of his community, especially kids, led him to initiate programs to improve access and awareness of Fairmount Park facilities and the development and promotion of organized activities.
You can read lots more about him here:
For those of you who live in his district, please take a minute to check out Halie's website and consider giving him your support on May 15.
& whatever you do, vote, vote, vote...