Stay informed: A complete guide to Philly’s contested state races in the 2018 election

Who’s running, how much they’ve raised so far, and whether the district went Clinton or Trump.

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Correction appended

With the primary behind us and the November election four months away, you might think you can safely disregard state politics for the summer.

But if you live in one of the below districts, you’ll have a choice to make this fall — and now is the perfect time to vet the candidates in person. With the General Assembly on recess from now until September, there will be plenty of opportunities to meet your reps and their challengers.

Here’s a guide to which races are contested, who’s running, how much they’ve raised in 2018, and whether or not the district went for Hillary Clinton or President Donald Trump in 2016.

(Don’t know which districts you live in? Find out here.)

PA House District 152

(includes parts of the far Northeast, including Bustleton)

Democrat: Daryl Boling | $12,100
Republican: Tom Murt | $36,780
Clinton-Trump margin: 54.58 to 41.63 percent

Incumbent Tom Murt is one of the more moderate Republicans in the state House, and he’s successfully defeated four Democrats in the past. This time around, Murt’s challenger is Daryl Boling, who’s worked for arts organizations on the financial side.


PA House District 170

(includes parts of Somerton)

Democrat: Mike Doyle | $16,565
Republican: Martina White | $67,525
Clinton-Trump margin: 49.20 to 48.35 percent

No, not that Mike Doyle. Martina White, who’s been behind some of the most conservative legislation in the House, easily beat her Democratic opponents in 2015 (a special election) and 2016. It remains to be seen if Trump’s election will turn voters away from the GOP and to a progressive Democrat like Mike Doyle, who wants to keep Philly a sanctuary city (White does not).


PA House District 177

(inlcudes parts of Port Richmond, Mayfair, Harrowgate)

Democrat: Joe Hohenstein | $72,447.70
RepublicanPatty-Pat Kozlowski | No reports
Clinton-Trump margin: 56.98 to 39.92 percent

Republican John Taylor is not running for reelection in a district that Clinton handily won in 2016. Attorney Joe Hohenstein is already backed by several unions and has a strong fundraising advantage, but the Republicans are not going down without a fight. Their nominee is Patty-Pat Kozlowski, a “socially liberal” moderate who made headlines for calling some drug users “junkies.”


PA House District 181

(includes parts of Callowhill, West Poplar, Francisville)

Democrat: Malcolm Kenyatta | $72,448.55
Republican: T. Milton Street | $1,325
Clinton-Trump margin: 92.34 to 5.28 percent

It’s pretty safe to say community organizer Malcolm Kenyatta will succeed Democrat Curtis Thomas, who is not running for reelection because of health issues. But to make things a little more interesting, former state senator and perennial mayoral candidate Milton Street has thrown his hat into the ring as a Republican.


PA House District 194

(includes parts of East Falls, Manayunk, Roxborough)

Democrat: Pam DeLissio | $350
Republican: Sean Stevens | No reports
Clinton-Trump margin: 72.03 to 24.29 percent

Incumbent Pam DeLissio has faced Sean Stevens before — when he ran against her in a Democratic primary. Now, he’s running as a Republican with positions that include killing the soda tax.


PA Senate District 4

(includes parts of Chestnut Hill, Mt. Airy, Germantown, West Oak Lane)

Democrat: Art Haywood | $36,368
Republican: James Williams | $1,057.92
Clinton-Trump margin: 84.20 to 13.48 percent

Art Haywood won more than 80 percent of the vote in his first election, against a Republican and Independent. His challenger this time around is James Williams, a self-proclaimed moderate who unsuccessfully ran for Philly City Council and worked as a track-and-field coach at several Pennsylvania universities and colleges.


Correction: Fundraising numbers for District 152 have been updated.




Martina White


PA House, PA Senate