Democrat Movita Johnson-Harrell will go to Harrisburg as the new state representative for the 190th District.
Anti-gun violence advocate Johnson-Harrell cruised to victory with 66 percent of the votes counted in 96 percent of the precincts in West Philadelphia, according to unofficial election results.
Amen Brown, who ran on the Amen Brown ticket, was in second place with 20 percent of the vote, followed by Pamela Williams of the Working Families Party with 11 percent, and Republican Michael Harvey with 3 percent, according to unofficial results.
Johnson-Harrell said Tuesday night that the victory was bittersweet.
“While I’m excited to serve the people of the 190th [District], this all rests on my son’s grave,” she said. “That always comes to the forefront for me. I wouldn’t even be here if my son weren’t taken from me.”
Johnson-Harrell founded the CHARLES Foundation after her son, Charles Johnson, was shot due to mistaken identity in 2011.
She also served as the supervisor of the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Victim/Witness Services Unit throughout 2018 and left the job in January to run for office.
Johnson-Harrell, 52, said she will take her advocacy against gun violence to the state House.
Democrats maintain their grip on the West Philadelphia district with Johnson-Harrell’s win.
The special election was triggered after former state Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown resigned due to her conviction on corruption and taking bribes charges last year. She is appealing the verdict.
Lowery Brown held the seat for the past decade.
Johnson-Harrell will not be sworn in until March 25 at the earliest.
The county must certify the results of the election, which typically happens within a week. A post-election campaign finance report also must be filed with the state no earlier than 10 days after the special election.
The state Department of State will not certify the winners until that financial report is completed.
Johnson-Harrell will complete the remainder of Brown’s term, which concludes on Dec. 31, 2020. She will receive a base salary of $87,000 annually.
The 190th District is located entirely within Philadelphia and is made up of the neighborhoods of Belmont, Carroll Park, Cathedral Park, Mill Creek, Haddington, East Parkside, West Powelton, Allegheny West and Lehigh West.