Education: St. Thomas More High School, 1963.
Business experience: Union carpenter, 1965-75.
Political and government experience: U.S. representative for the First District, 1998-present; elected Democratic committeeman, 1967; 34th Ward leader, 1980-present; chairman, Democratic City Committee, 1986-present; sergeant at arms, City Council, 1975-83; deputy mayor for labor, 1984-87.
Income: $165,200 congressional salary. Wife earned $100,000 last year as executive director of Philadelphia Writ Service, which has a contract with the city.
Family: Wife, Debra; two adult children, Robert and Kimberly; four grandchildren.
Hire a total of 1,000 more police, parole and truancy officers in his first term. Assign more police officers to foot and bike patrols.
Create a cabinet post to coordinate activities of police, the Fire Department, the Department of Licenses and Inspections, and other agencies with public-safety functions. This appointee also would lead a task force on curbing repeat offenders.
Implement a nonemergency reporting system to decrease the burden on 911.
Improve police facilities, vehicles, technology and firepower.
Lobby for state legislation limiting handgun purchases to one a month and letting the city enact gun-control laws.
On funding: Increase city funding and lobby for more state funding, but he won't say how much until he gets a closer look at the budget.
On governance: Increase the mayor's appointments on the five-member School Reform Commission to three and reduce the governor's to two. Believes the state needs to maintain a say to keep increased funding intact.
On education: Push the district to ax Edison Schools Inc. and five other outside managers of 41 schools. He wants more involvement from parents and faith-based groups, more after-school programs, smaller classes, and expanded vocational training.
On charter schools: Oppose a moratorium on new charters.
On safety: Add nonteaching assistants besides putting armed police in certain schools.
On the ethics plan: Fully endorses the Committee of Seventy's ethics agenda.
On public financing of campaigns: Supports "leveling the playing field," Brady spokeswoman Kate Philips has said.
On campaign contribution caps: Supports them in some cases, but says they give a self-funded candidate such as Tom Knox an unfair advantage.