HD190: Special Election Set for February 25

On Monday afternoon, Speaker Mike Turzai announced February 25, 2020 as the special election date to fill the open state House seat vacated by Movita Johnson-Harrell (D-Philadelphia). 

Johnson-Harrell resigned from office on Dec. 13 after Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced that she was charged with theft, perjury, tampering with public records along with other crimes in connection to her nonprofit. She represented the 190th District since March 2019 after she won a special election to fill the seat held by state Rep. Vanessa Lowery-Brown (D-Philadelphia), who resigned “under protest” in December 2018 after she was sentenced on a bribery conviction. 

Although Turzai selected the special election for February, Philadelphia City Commissioners Chairwoman, Lisa Deeley, sent a letter to Turzai last week urging him to schedule the special election the same day as the Pennsylvania primary. 

According to the Philadelphia Tribune, Jabari Jones, president of the West Philadelphia Corridor Collaborative; Ark of Refuge pastor Pam Williams; Amen Brown; and Ray Bailey confirmed their interest in the seat, while Philadelphia Democratic Party Chair Bob Brady said that he knew of “at least two more potential candidates” weighing a run as well. 

The parties will pick the candidates to run in the special election.

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