Immigrant. Philadelphia School teacher. Parent. Proud Life-long Philadelphian.

I want to be your next City Commissioner to permanently increase voter turnout because elections matter. For far too long, our voices haven’t been heard. What if I told you, only 17% of voters turned out for the last primary?  

We can do better.

I’m Luigi Borda, candidate for City Commissioner. Together we can bring lasting change to Philadelphia.


Come and learn about Luigi Borda.  I immigrated to Philadelphia as a young boy and have lived in and loved our city ever since.  I want to be your next City Commissioner to help more people vote because when Philadelphia VOTES we get what we deserve from Harrisburg and Washington D.C.  The Office of the City Commissioners will lead the way.

I attended St. Nicholas of Tolentine and A.S. Jenks elementary schools in South Philadelphia and Central High School in North Philadelphia.  After graduating from West Chester University I attained Master degrees from Temple University (Education) and Gwenydd Mercy College (Educational Administration).

When I turned 18 years old I became a U.S. Citizen in order to VOTE in Philly and have voted in just about every election since!  Voting should be a bi-yearly habit for all capable Philadelphians. Our team has a plan to help the Office of the City Commissioners make it so.  Since college I have been a Philadelphia Social Studies teacher for 30 years currently at the prestigious J.R. Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration school.  Along the way I have owned and managed seasonal shore businesses and wrote a biographical children’s book, Luigi Discovers Philadelphia, which has been translated in Italian, French and Spanish.  The main characters, a little Fiat and “Luigi”, have been featured on TV, Phillies games and parades.


About Luigi Borda


Seven years ago I began my education advocacy by running 100 miles from Philadelphia to Harrisburg when Governor Corbett began cutting school budgets.  

There I learned firsthand the animosity towards our city and schools and realized that increasing voter turnout is one way to have our Philadelphia get its fair share.

Since then I created an annual running fundraiser at our school (Laps for Education) raising over $150,000 for extracurricular activities, ran and won for Democratic Ward Committee person in the 26th Ward twice, became more active in the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers (PFT) as my school’s Union Building Representative and helped recruit 172 Philadelphia educators to run for committee person last spring.

In 2016 I was a member of Mayor Kenney’s transition team and have worked closely with key members of the current administration on education and parks and recreation issues.


I am ready to bring these varied experiences and my unbounding energy to the Philadelphia Office of the City Commissioners because it’s past time for all of us to do more.