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November 09, 2022

Four Democrats breeze to wins in Philly City Council special elections

Newly elected members are Jim Harrity, Sharon Vaughn, Anthony Phillips and Quetcy Lozada

2022 Election Philadelphia City Council
Second At-large City Council special election Kate Frese/for PhillyVoice

Four Democrats won Tuesday's special elections to fill the seats vacated by other councilmembers, eying runs for mayor next year. The newly elected members are Jim Harrity, Sharon Vaughn, Anthony Phillips and Quetcy Lozada. They replace at-large members Derek Green and Allan Domb, 7th District representative Maria Quiñoes-Sanchez and Cherelle Parker from the 9th District.

Since August, four Philadelphia City Councilmembers  – at-large members Derek Green and Allan Domb, plus 7th District representative Maria Quiñoes-Sanchez and Cherelle Parker from the 9th District – have resigned their positions in the city government with the intention of running for mayor in the primary election next spring.

On Tuesday, special elections were held to fill those vacancies for the remainder of the unexpired terms. Each seat was retained by the Democrats.

All results below are based on votes counted in 1,646 of the 1,703 city divisions and they are unofficial tallies until certified by the Philadelphia Board of Commissioners.

Philadelphia City Council At-Large No. 1

In a normal City Council election to fill expired terms of at-large members, residents can choose to vote for multiple candidates among a pool of options. In Tuesday's special election to fill two vacancies, each was contested separately, and residents cast votes for one candidate in each race.

City Council At-Large race No. 1 included Democrat Jim Harrity, Republican Drew Murray and Libertarian Poetica Bey.

Harrity, who has survived alcoholism, bar fights and a heart attack, is a Southwest Philly native who works on state Sen. Sharif Street's staff and is a board member of the peer counseling and substance-abuse support group One Day at a Time.

Harrity, a Democrat, received 79.4% of the votes Tuesday, surpassing Republican businessman Drew Murray from Logan Square, who had 18.14%, and Libertarian Party candidate and radio host Poetica Bey, who had 2.27%.

Philadelphia City Council At-Large No. 2

Democrat Sharon Vaughn defeated Republican Jim Hasher, the athletic director of the Torresdale Boys Club for 25 years, and Libertarian candidate Marc Jurchak.

Vaughn is the chief of staff for Councilmember Derek Green, who resigned his seat, and the leader of the 42nd Ward in Feltonville and Olney. On Tuesday, she received 80.27% of votes cast to Hasher's 18.11% and Jurchak's 1.48%.

Philadelphia City Council 7th District

Quetcy Lozada, a Democrat, won the special election to fill the district seat of Maria Quiñones-Sanchez, for whom Lozada worked as chief of staff.

The 7th district includes parts of parts of Kensington, Frankford, Northwood, Wissinoming and sections of Castor Gardens and Lower Mayfair. Quiñones-Sanchez represented that district as a councilperson from 2008 until 2022.

With 84.55% of the vote, Lozada easily defeated Republican James Whitehead, who had 13.18% of votes, and Randall Justus of the Libertarian Party, who received 1.92%.

Philadelphia City Council 9th District

Democrat Anthony Phillips will fill the remaining term of Councilmember Cherelle Parker.

Phillips, who is executive director of the child-mentoring organization Youth Action, won the special election with 88.45% of votes. He defeated Roslyn Ross, a Republican from Mount Airy, who had 8.17% of votes, and Libertarian and former Philadelphia police officer Yusuf Jackson, who had 3.23%.

The 9th District represents East Mount Airy, West Oak Lane, East Oak Lane, Olney, Lawncrest, Lawndale, Burholme and Oxford Circle.