Josephs Concedes to Sims

He'll become the first openly gay state rep. in Pennsylvania

Today, State Rep. Babette Josephs conceded Tuesday’s Democratic primary to her opponent Brian Sims, a 33-year-old attorney and LGBT rights advocate. Since he faces no Republican opposition in the 182nd District this fall – a seat in which Josephs has represented since 1985 – he’ll become the first openly gay legislator in the Pennsylvania state house.

In a statement made public this afternoon, Josephs said:

“My congratulations go out to the Democratic Nominee Brian Sims and all of his supporters Throughout many difficult, but successful races in my long service, I have consistently said that the voters are always right. I cannot change my tune now. I am truly grateful to the voters for allowing me to serve them for so long and for the opportunity to work with so many dedicated, talented, patient and professional colleagues, staff members and volunteers. I have always been about policy first, so I look forward to working with Brian Sims to represent the very special constituents of the 182nd. I will find other ways to contribute to my neighborhood, city, state, and nation.”

Sims also issued a statement, thanking Josephs for her work over the years:

“Rep. Josephs has served the citizens of Philadelphia for nearly three decades; we thank her for a long and distinguished career, and I look forward to working with her to ensure that I am able to continue her tradition of strong progressive representation,” said Sims. “Pennsylvania has taken a huge leap forward by electing its first openly gay state legislator, and with that honor comes the equally momentous task of working every day for the citizens of Philadelphia, and the entire Commonwealth. It is a task that I look forward to, and after this election, I know that it is a task that I will not have to take on alone.”

Sims won the primary by less than 250 votes.