Jannie L. Blackwell
From Philadelphia Republicans
Jannie L. Blackwell is a Democratic Councilwoman representing the Third District on the City Council of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. She has served since 1991. Blackwell's district covers much of West Philadelphia and Southwest Philadelphia, including University City.
Opposition to Nutter legislation
Blackwell is notable for opposing certain provisions of pay-to-play and ethics reform bills proposed by then-Councilman Michael Nutter. During a 2005 hearing she stated that minority contractors would be at a disadvantage in bidding for city work if required to disclose campaign contributions. As the lone councilmember to vote against the ethics reform package she noted that placing onerous restrictions on political contributions from firms seeking work would benefit political candidates that are independently wealthy, and that people should be able to contribute to whomever they choose. Blackwell also initially opposed banning smoking in public places in the city. 
Other political positions
In 2004, in order to increase her control over West Philadelphia, Blackwell introduced two bills that would give City Council the power to designate local historic districts, rather than having the process controlled by the City's Historical Commission. She has also at times challenged the role of the University City District in represent citizens' interests over those of the University of Pennsylvania.
Ms. Blackwell is the widow of former U.S. Representative, State Representative, and City Councilman Lucien Blackwell. She grew up in Philadelphia and worked as a public school teacher before her career in politics. Her son Thomas W. Blackwell was a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
Blackwell is Ward Leader of the 46th Ward Democratic Executive Committee. 
- ↑ Shaffer, Gwen (April 6, 2005). "Ethical Dilemma". Philadelphia Weekly. http://www.philadelphiaweekly.com/articles/9285.
- ↑ Shaffer, Gwen (June 1, 2005). "Game Over". Philadelphia Weekly. http://www.philadelphiaweekly.com/articles/9588.
- ↑ Shaffer, Gwen (March 23, 2005). "With Baited Breath". Philadelphia Weekly. http://www.philadelphiaweekly.com/articles/9182.
- ↑ Harris, Liz (June 24, 2004). "Preservation Taken to Task". Philadelphia City Paper. http://www.citypaper.net/articles/2004-06-24/cityspace2.shtml.
- ↑ Taussig, Doron (July 11, 2007). "An Act of War". Philadelphia City Paper. http://www.citypaper.net/articles/2007/07/12/an-act-of-war.
- ↑ Committee of Seventy (2009-12-21). "2009 Citizen's Guide" (PDF). 2009 Citizen's Guide. The Committee of Seventy, Philadelphia, PA 19103. http://www.seventy.org/Downloads/2009_Citizen's_Guide.pdf. Retrieved 2009-12-21.