Samaria Bailey is a freelance writer based in Philadelphia. She covers city, education, and faith-based news with a special focus on communities of color. Samaria has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Florida A&M University and a master's in communication management from Temple University.
“Right now, we are created by executive order. In theory, if you get a different mayor sometime in the future, the mayor could eradicate it. Now, it can’t be destroyed," said the acting executive director of the existing commission.
Don "Ike" Jones said he and several other returning citizens plan to go to the polls as a group, a move he said signals their enthusiasm around a civic act that they’ve never had a chance to participate in.