Democrat Lindsay Powell projected winner of Allegheny County special election – Pennsylvania Capital-Star
PITTSBURGH – Democrats appear to have regained control of the state House of Representatives, as unofficial results of a special election in Allegheny County show Lindsay Powell defeating Republican Erin Autenreith. The Associated Press called the race for Powell shortly after polls closed at 8 p.m.
If the results hold, and Powell had a wide lead Tuesday night according to the Allegheny County Elections Division, Democrats in the House will have a 102-101 margin when they return to session next week. Powell would be the first Black woman to represent District 21.
The seat in the heavily Democratic district, which includes Millvale, Etna, Shaler Township, Reserve Township, and part of Pittsburgh, was left vacant when Democrat Sara Innamorato resigned in July to pursue election as Allegheny County Executive. A three-time state representative from the city’s Lawrenceville neighborhood, Innamorato won the Democrats’ nomination for county executive in May, beating Democratic Party stalwarts John Weinstein and Michael Lamb. She is favored to win in the general election against Republican Joe Rockey.
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Powell is the director of workforce strategies for the Pittsburgh-based nonprofit economic development organization, InnovatePGH. A resident of Pittsburgh’s Lawrenceville neighborhood, Powell is also a member of the city’s Urban Redevelopment Authority.
Autenreith is chairperson of the Shaler Township Republican Committee and a real estate agent.
The special election was the seventh in the General Assembly this year, as lawmakers have either risen to higher office or resigned amid scandal. In five of those elections, the Democratic majority has hung in the balance.
This is a breaking story and will be updated.
Originally published at www.penncapital-star.com,by Kim Lyons