“As Democrats took control of the U.S. House of Representatives, a former Wallingford-Swarthmore School Board president and pro-bono attorney has become Delaware County’s first female U.S. representative in the wake of a voter backlash against President Donald Trump.
Democrat Mary Gay Scanlon, who jumped into the race only a few months before the primary, went on to win the congressional contest against Republican special prosecutor Pearl Kim. Unofficial results in the 5th congressional race had Scanlon receiving 146,255 votes to Kim’s 90,271. In the 7th congressional’s unofficial results, Scanlon had 94,119 votes to Kim’s 77,550.
“Americans, Pennsylvanians and our neighbors across the 5th Congressional District voted (Tuesday) – not for a continuance of hate and division – but to recommit ourselves to the ideals that have served as the bedrock of our democracy for more than two centuries,” Scanlon said. “I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as the next, and first, congresswoman of Pennsylvania’s new 5th Congressional District, to have the opportunity to serve the people of a community I have proudly called home for almost my entire adult life.””