8th District City Council Candidate Howard Treatman Open House Sunday

Howard Treatman his wife Ronit , and their three children, Devorah, David and Hannah at their home in Germantown.

Howard Treatman, the newest candidate for City Council in the 8th District, which encompasses the heart of Northwest Philadelphia, filed his candidacy, turning in more than 2,200 petition signatures. Treatman, who has spent his professional life creating jobs and developing quality housing options, is running to increase jobs and community development in the District. Treatman, who has never run for office before and is a respected community leader, will open his campaign office on Germantown Ave. in Mt. Airy later this week.

“I am running for City Council because for too long, political insiders have been more focused on their elections and not on the needs of our residents.  We can not keep doing things the way we have been if Philadelphia is going to be a place where people want to live and businesses want to grow. I’m going to work very hard to introduce myself to voters and bring new ideas to the debate. With no incumbent in the race and no clear frontrunner, this could be the most competitive race this year.”

Treatman’s real estate firm has created jobs and provided quality homes in cities all over America.  He recently completed a two-year term as president of Germantown Jewish Centre in West Mt. Airy and he sits on the board and real estate committee of Mt. Airy USA. The organization is currently working with developers to build a new mixed use development on the long-blighted corner of Chew Avenue and Washington Lane. Howard lives with his wife Ronit and three kids in Germantown, where the family has resided for 17 years.

“Across the District, the voters I’ve been speaking with have been concerned with bringing development back to our vacant land and our empty storefronts,” Treatman said. “They want safer streets, better schools and more jobs. They’re looking for someone independent in City Hall, someone who will represent their interests, not the same insiders who have stood in the way of progress. I intend to run a very aggressive campaign over the next ten weeks, and I intend to win.”

Writing for Philadelphia Magazine’s Philly Post blog Wednesday, Mt. Airy resident Sam Katz declared Treatman “a dark horse” in the race and predicted a Treatman victory.

“Howard jumped into the race later than the other candidates, but we’re right alongside the frontrunners now in terms of our campaign structure,” campaign manager and 8th District native David Scholnick said. “When we got started, the political insiders didn’t know who he was, but now there’s a lot of interest in the campaign, and our opponents have taken notice.”

The week began with a big final push for petitions, and on Tuesday the campaign turned in more than 2,200 signatures-almost triple the 75o required to be on the ballot. The same day, Alan Tu of Newsworks.org wrote, in the first news story about the campaign, “Howard Treatman is basing his bid for Philadelphia City Council on thinking big.” The media attention continued on Wednesday when Philly Post praised Treatman’s independence in its roundup of the City Council races.

The campaign launched its website, TreatmanforCouncil.com yesterday, and began adding fans on Facebook.

“My campaign is pushing forward and pulling together a lot of support,” Treatman said. “From one end of the district to the other, the people I’ve spoken with are eager for new ideas and a new face in City Council, and that’s exactly what I bring to this race.”

Open House at Campaign Office

This Sunday,  8th District City Council candidate Howard Treatman will host an open house at his new campaign office on Germantown Avenue in Mt. Airy. Voters will have the opportunity to meet the candidate and enjoy light refreshments.

  • Sunday, March 13, 2011, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
  • Treatman for Council Campaign Office,  7151 Germantown Avenue, 2nd floor, Philadelphia, PA 19119.

Howard Treatman is a Philadelphia native who has lived and raised a family in Germantown for the past 17 years. A successful businessman and political newcomer, Howard has always been dedicated to community service and neighborhood improvement in Philadelphia.

Howard has always made community service a priority, and it has been his second career. Howard recently finished a two-year term as President of Germantown Jewish Centre, a congregation dedicated to social action and community partnership. He is a board member of Mt. Airy USA and the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, and he is an active member of West Chelten Neighbors.

Howard grew up in Lower Merion and graduated from Friends’ Central School. He couldn’t wait to move into Philadelphia. He majored in Design of the Environment at the University of Pennsylvania and went on to Cornell Law School where he earned his J.D. in 1986. After law school, he moved back to Philadelphia, where he co-founded Harvest Equities, a national real estate development and investment firm.

During his 25-year career, he has made projects happen that have created jobs and improved urban neighborhoods all over the country. He has been involved in major urban redevelopment projects in cities such as Boston, Baltimore, Denver, Washington DC, Atlanta, Chicago, San Francisco, Houston and San Antonio. Through his work with multi-family apartments, he has provided quality housing for thousands.

At Mt. Airy USA, Howard also serves on its Real Estate Committee. Mt, Airy USA has led the way to establishing the Germantown Avenue Streetscape project and the Mt. Airy Business Improvement District. The organization works to target vacant and blighted storefronts for redevelopment and provides housing counseling and foreclosure prevention assistance. Howard, through his work at Mt. Airy USA, is currently developing the Mt. Airy Transit Village, a mixed-use project on a long blighted lot at Chew Ave. and Washington Lane.

As a President and board member of Germantown Jewish Centre, Howard’s proudest accomplishments were building community and moving the Centre to a sustainable financial model. The Centre is active in international social movements, such as the Darfur Relief Coalition, as well as local initiatives such as the Henry School Project and the Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network, which provides temporary housing in the synagogue for homeless families. A cornerstone of the community with a congregation of over 500 families, the Centre was a founding member of the Neighborhood Interfaith Movement.

Howard lives in Germantown with his wife Ronit , and their three children, Devorah, David and Hannah. His commitment to our neighborhoods and his dedication to public service are the values that led Howard to enter the race for City Council. From his experience, he knows what it takes to create investment and jobs. It is this experience and vision that he will take to City Council. Howard will bring integrity, fresh ideas and an indep


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