Brian Sims, who faced a contentious and bitter race against a fellow Democrat, last night won the primary election and will become Pennsylvania’s first openly-gay lawmaker in November, as no Republican is challenging him.
Sims defeated Babette Josephs, a 27-year veteran of the Pennsylvania House.
Yesterday, Josephs was accused of violating campaigning laws, and Sims has been the victim of a misinformation campaign, as The New Civil Rights Movement reported. Anti-gay mailers containing fraudulent information were sent claiming Sims will disenfranchise voters, demand mandatory ultrasounds before abortion, and make drastic cuts to education. Clearly, as a Democrat, those accusations were just ugly campaign lies.
The Victory Fund, which endorsed Sims, notes:
“Tonight we’re celebrating a historic victory for Pennsylvania and for Brian,” said Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Victory Fund, which endorsed Sims. ”LGBT Pennsylvanians will finally have a voice in their state legislature, and what a strong and unyielding voice it will be. We are thrilled for Brian, who ran a remarkable campaign.”
Sims, a former member of the Victory Campaign Board, is a distinguished policy attorney and civil rights advocate from Center City Philadelphia. The former Staff Counsel for Policy and Planning at the Philadelphia Bar Association, he recently stepped down as the President of the Board of Directors of Equality Pennsylvania.
Sims could have company in the Pennsylvania House. Another Victory-endorsed candidate, Chris Dietz, was unopposed in his Democratic primary tonight to represent District 104.
The New Civil Rights Movement has been covering Sims since 2010, when NCRM author J. Rudy Flescher, who’s written several pieces about Sims’ campaign, introduced us to Sims’ “I’m From Driftwood” video, in which he recounts being the first NCAA football captain to come out to his team.
Just two weeks ago, NCRM author Jean Ann Esselink wrote an extensive profile of Sims for her weekly “On Our Radar” series.
Congratulations to Brian Sims, all his supporters, and Pennsylvania!
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