Philadelphia voters to fill state House opening in special election

Philadelphia voters make up one of two Pennsylvania House districts who will select lawmakers to fill unexpired terms.

The special elections being held Tuesday are for seats occupied most recently by Democrats, Lackawanna County Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich and Philadelphia Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown.

Kavulich died in office in October. Lowery Brown resigned after being sentenced to probation in November for a bribery conviction.

Both 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.

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

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.