Philly Voters to Pick New State Representative After Former Lawmaker Resigned Over Bribery Conviction

Voters in Philly, Scranton area to fill Pennsylvania House openings

A special election in West Philadelphia and a sliver of North Philadelphia will determine who will serve out the term of a state representative who stepped aside after being convicted of taking bribes.

Two special elections are being held Tuesday to fill unexpired terms for seats occupied most recently by Democrats.

Philadelphia Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown resigned after being sentenced to probation in November for a bribery conviction. Brown had represented the 190th District that covers parts of West Philadelphia and a small section of North Philly.

Candidates for Lowery Brown's West Philadelphia seat are Democrat Movita Johnson-Harrell, Republican Michael Harvey, Amen Brown with the Amen Brown Party and Pamela Williams with the Working Families Party.

The Committee of Seventy has more details on the special election. Any voter, regardless of party affiliation, is eligible to vote Tuesday. Polls close at 8 p.m.

Lackawanna County Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich died in office in October.

Both Brown and Kavulich were re-elected when they ran unopposed in the November election.

Republicans hold the House majority with 110 members. Democrats have 93 seats, including the two vacancies.

In Kavulich's Scranton-area district, Democrat Bridget Malloy Kosierowski is running against Republican Frank Scavo.

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