Phillip Westry

Baltimore City Council, District 12

Phillip will be one of two first openly LGBTQ members of the Baltimore City Council

Biography

Phillip was born in Germany in 1985 while his father, Phillip Westry Sr., and his mother, Wilma Brown, were stationed in Aschaffenburg. He graduated summa cum laude in 2007 with a B.A. in American Studies from University of Maryland, College Park.

Following his dreams of becoming an attorney, Phillip attended the University of Maryland School of Law while working full-time at the Community Law in Action (CLIA). He managed CLIA’s mentoring and internship programs and spearheaded its workforce development initiative.

After law school, Phillip landed a job at St. Ambrose Housing Center, helping low-income seniors and citizens stay above water on their mortgages. Currently, he provides free legal assistance to city residents in the areas of landlord and tenant laws, debt collection, and criminal expungement.

He met his husband, Mike DeStefano, after his discharge from in the U.S. Army. They were married in downtown Baltimore in 2015.

Residents of Greenmount West, Phillip and Mike continue to focus on the needs of the citizens of this great city, volunteering their time and money to local programs and initiatives such as the Just Advice Project, Freestate Justice, Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service, Pro Bono Resources Center, Walters Art Museum, and the Enoch Pratt Library.

Phillip aims to continue his fight against racial inequality and economic disparity by seeking the office of City Council in the 12th Council District during the 2020 elections.

Importance of Candidacy:

  • Phillip will be the first openly LGBTQ member of the Baltimore City Council.

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