PHILADELPHIA – Movita Johnson-Harrell made history on Tuesday night, March 12, after winning the contested special election for the 190th District seat, becoming the first Muslim woman to be elected as a state representative in Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Magazine reported.
“I’m running because I care about my community — I don’t need a job,” Johnson-Harrell told Philadelphia magazine in January when she declared her run.
Johnson-Harrell is the former interim supervisor of Victim Services for Philadelphia’s District Attorney’s Office.
On Tuesday night, she secured more than 66 percent of the vote, with her nearest challenger at 20 percent.
The West Philly native ran on a platform encompassing key issues such as socioeconomic opportunity and education reform to gun violence prevention.
Johnson-Harrell defeated community advocate Amen Brown, activist and clergywoman Pamela K. Williams, and Republican candidate Michael Harvey.
Other Muslim winners included Assad Akhter who easily defeated Republican Lori Mambelli and was re-elected Passaic County Freeholder, NJ.
Salim Patel, who was initially appointed to the Council following the death of Zaida Polanco in September of this year, confirmed his position with an overwhelming vote total.