BUCKS COUNTY >> Solebury Township Supervisor Helen Tai is headed to Harrisburg after the Democrat scored an historic win on Tuesday during a special election in the 178th District.
Tai won 6,359 votes, or 50.4 percent of the vote, over Republican and former Council Rock School Board member Wendi Thomas who polled 6,263 votes, or 49.6 percent of the vote.
The seat, formerly held by Republican State Rep. Scott Petri, is a pick up for the Democrats in a district that hasn't elected a Democrat in 34 years.
“I am looking forward to Helen joining the ranks of the House Democrats,” said state Democratic Leader Frank Dermody. “At a time when our Commonwealth is in need of new ideas, Helen will bring her proven-record of government reform to the state House.”
Tai ran a campaign focused on “bringing reform to a state government that has passed late budgets, caused our state credit rating to be downgraded repeatedly, and experienced unprecedented levels of partisanship.”
Tai said she will use her experience as a small business owner to put state government back in the hands of Pennsylvanians.
“I’m honored to be elected as state representative for the 178th district and look forward to partnering with my colleagues in the statehouse to ensure all Pennsylvanians have an equal opportunity to succeed,” Tai said.
Tai will be sworn in at a later date.
Tai and Thomas will face each other again in the November general election after both secured their respective party’s nomination on Tuesday.
The 178th Legislative District includes Northampton, Wrightstown, Upper Makefield and Solebury townships and New Hope Borough.