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Danilo Burgos will be the next representative of Pennsylvania's 197th District. Samantha Laub / AL DÍA News
Danilo Burgos will be the next representative of Pennsylvania's 197th District. Samantha Laub / AL DÍA News

Danilo Burgos wins Pennsylvania's 197th District

On May 15, Danilo Burgos defeated two opponents, including the incumbent, to represent the district in North Philadelphia.

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Danilo Burgos, a former aide to Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez and Councilman Allan Domb, has been determined the next representative of Pennsylvania's 197th District. 

During the primary election on Tuesday, May 15, Burgos defeated two candidates: incumbent Rep. Emilio Vazquez and Fred Ramirez, President of Pan-American Mental Health Clinic. As there are no Republican candidates vying for the district, Burgos will not face any opponents in the November general election and is expected to assume office when Vazquez's term expires in January. 

The 197th District is comprised of neighborhoods in North Philadelphia, including sections of Fairhill, Kensington, Hunting Park, Glenwood and Feltonville.

Vazquez, a leader of the 43rd Ward, was elected during a special election in March 2017 using a write-in a campaign after former Rep. Leslie Acosta stepped down because of a scandal involving money laundering. Ramirez also ran for the office during that special election and had the support of Democratic leaders in the area, but he was removed from the ballot prior to the vote over allegations that he did not live in the district.

Burgos ran unsuccessfully to represent the 197th in 2014. Prior to Tuesday's election, he earned the support of Democratic ward leaders in the community.

On Tuesday, Burgos earned 37 percent of the vote compared to Ramirez's 34 percent and Vazquez's 28 percent. 

During an AL DÍA Forum with the three candidates earlier this month, held in partnership with Committee of Seventy, Burgos named crime as one of the top issues that he would address if elected, while also emphasizing that he would “[put] a human face to the problems that affect us” for the rest of the state.

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