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March 21 Special Election in Pennsylvnia House District 197

Pennsylvania’s 197th House District includes parts of Feltonville, Hunting Park, Glenwood, Fairhill, North Square and Francisville. Find out if you live in the 197th or download a PDF version of the map.

Wards and Divisions in District 197: Wards 11*(Divisions 01-03, 07, 08, 11, 13, 19, 20), 16*(Divisions 01-05), 19, 37*(Divisions 15, 16, and 18-20), 42*(Divisions 02-11, and 22), 43, and 49*(Division 01)

A special election to fill the vacancy caused by the January 3 resignation of Rep. Leslie Acosta will be held March 21. The winner will serve for the remainder of the 2017-18 legislative session.

The deadline for filing nomination petitions (for major-party candidates)  or papers (for independent and minor-party candidates) with the Philadelphia Board of Elections was January 30 and the voter registration deadline for the special election was February 21.

If you’re a resident of the 197th District who is eligible to vote and isn’t  already registered you may do so online or by mail or in person. View Seventy’s Voter Registration FAQ to learn more.

Special Updates

Commonwealth Court judges ruled Green party candidate Cheri Honkala and Democratic candidate Freddie Ramirez off the March 21 ballot. The court removed Ramirez from the ballot after determining he had no primary residence in the 197th District. Honkala, who filed her candidacy paperwork for this office with the PA Department of State one day after the Jan. 31 deadline to do so. The PA Supreme Court affirmed her disqualification on March 3.

A second Democratic candidate chosen by the district’s ward leaders, 43rd Ward leader Emilio Vazquez, was also rejected by both the PA Department of State and Commonwealth Court because of the expired nomination deadline, leaving Republican Lucinda Little as the only candidate on the ballot. City & State PA reports a number of candidates are expected to mount write-in campaigns. Seventy will update this page with new developments.

Election Results

The Philadelphial Inquirer has reported that Republican Lucinda Little recorded 198 votes on voting machines in the 197th House District. An additional 2,483 write-in votes were cast for various candidates including Democrat Emilio Vazquez and the Green Party’s Cheri Honkala. The official count begins Friday, March 24 at 9:00 a.m.

197th House District Special Election Candidates

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Lucinda Little (R)

Lucinda Little has been politically active for 25 years, working with the Warriors Watch and Yellow Ribbon troop-support organizations, the Advocates of Love missionary group, as well as several other civic and charitable organizations. She started her career in the medical field over 30 years ago and currently directs a clinical-research company. Little is married to GOP 42nd ward leader Jeffrey Little, and is the daughter-in-law of former Democratic ward leader and Traffic Court President Judge Frank Little.