Democrat Wendy Ullman is the new Pennsylvania House of Representatives member representing the 143rd District.
Unofficial counts on the Bucks County website on the night of the election showed Ullman with 17,269 votes to Republican Joseph Flood's 16,744.
Ullman, who has 30 years experience teaching English at community colleges in Bucks and Montgomery counties, said in answer to a questionnaire during the campaign that she was running because she was "deeply disturbed by the polarized, dysfunctional culture of Harrisburg."
"Important issues are not being effectively addressed, such as protecting our healthcare, passing meaningful gun safety legislation, preserving our environment and enacting legislation that protects the basic rights of the LGBTQ community," she said. "As a political newcomer, I can bring a fresh perspective and proven collaborative work experience to facilitate bi-partisan consensus building to get Harrisburg working again,"
Flood is a Doylestown Borough Council member.
The 143rd District includes Bedminster, Bridgeton, part of Buckingham, Doylestown Borough, Doylestown Township, Durham, Haycock, Nockamixon, Plumstead, Riegelsville and Tinicum.
The seat had been held since 2007 by Republican Marguerite Quinn, who this year ran for the 10th District Senate seat, where she was defeated by Steve Santarsiero.