Educator Wendy Ullman leads Doylestown Borough councilman Joe Flood in bids to replace state Rep. Marguerite Quinn in the 143rd state House district.
Democrat Wendy Ullman won a seat long-held by Republicans Tuesday night, according to unofficial results.
In the tight race, Ullman garnered 17,269 votes to Joe Flood’s 16,744 with all precincts reporting.
Ullman and Flood were in a head-to-head race to replace Rep. Marguerite Quinn in the 143rd state House District. Quinn lost her bid in her own state Senate race.
Ullman is the first Democrat to represent the district since the early 1980s.
The district serves Bedminster, Bridgeton, parts of Buckingham, Doylestown Borough, Doylestown Township, Durham, Nockamixon, Plumstead, Riegelsville and Tinicum.
Ullman had her strongest wins in Doylestown Borough and Doylestown Township, while Flood took Plumstead and Bedminster, according to early voting results online.
Flood, 51, of Doylestown Borough, said fiscal discipline was the top issue facing the state, while Ullman, 66, of Plumstead, said the opioid epidemic was foremost problem in the commonwealth.
Flood said prioritizing spending on things like public education was one of many ways Pennsylvania could avoid raising taxes to foot an increasing bill for services on its residents.
Ullman said addiction should be treated as a mental illness and she supports the state’s efforts to hold pharmaceutical companies that make prescription opioid painkillers accountable for the current health crisis.
Ullman is an educator at Bucks and Montgomery County community colleges and won the Democratic nomination against Doylestown Borough councilman Tim Brennan in May.
Flood, a former assistant service manager for an automotive business, is a Doylestown Borough councilman who ran unopposed in the Republican primary race.