Jamie Gauthier, a political newcomer who built a grassroots campaign, upset longtime Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell on Tuesday, ending a 45-year reign of representation by Blackwell’s family in West Philadelphia.
With more than 96.6 percent of the votes counted, Gauthier held a more than 2,800-vote lead in the Democratic primary, according to unofficial returns.Read the story at Philly.com
I’ve known Jamie for close to a decade, including working for her at both the Sustainable Business Network as well as Philadelphia LISC. Building her campaign website was a lot of fun. I was excited about the opportunity to introduce her to my neighbors with an authentic website that doesn’t reek of political cliches.
Councilwoman Blackwell hasn’t had a serious challenger since winning her late husband’s seat in 1992. Together the Blackwells have held the 3rd District seat since 1971.
Jamie surprised many by turning the 3rd District into a competitive, closely watched race. Jamie has been a champion of equitable community development throughout her extensive career in the nonprofit sector.
A huge congrats to Jamie Gauthier, her amazing team, and the whole West Philly community!
Image Credit: Jamie for West Philly