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Dems Retain Three Philly House Seats

pa-state-capitol-b175d9a07740ecf3Yesterday was (special) election day in Philadelphia, with three vacant seats to be decided.

Two of the seats were vacated when Ron Waters and Michelle Brownlee resigned after pleading guilty to corruption charges. The other seats was left open when John Sabatina won a special election to replace now-Lt. Gov. Mike Stack in the State Senate.

Former City Councilman Ed Neilson, Joanna McClinton – chief counsel to state Sen. Anthony Williams – and Donna Bullock – former special assistant to the City Council president – won the special elections and will be sworn in less than two weeks from now.

You can view full results from each contest here.

Neilson, McClinton and Bullock will get right down to work on the budget when they arrive, but will be part of the minority party. The next session of the PA House of Representatives will have 119 Republicans and 84 Democrats.

2 Responses

  1. I am glad the Dems. won the three seats in the special election in Philadelphia. BUT ! Until HDCC gets serious about funding rural State House seats like the 73rd and 75th Districts the Democrats will remain in the minority in Harrisburg. In 2008 the State Republican Party started pouring money into rural State House Races. Sometimes as much as over $200,000 for one seat. The Democrats did not push back. That strategy alone lost them dozens of Rural State Democratic Seats. For seven years Democratic House Committee has protected City seats while ignoring Rural Races. Last time I looked a Rural House Seat Vote the counted the same as a City House Seat vote. Wake up HDCC.

  2. Notably, Rep. Neilson also previously won a special election in 2012 to represent the 169th House District as well, replacing Speaker O’Brien following his resignation to take a seat on Philadelphia City Council.

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