Regina Young Is New to Politics and the 185th District’s First African American Primary Winner

David Bjorkgren
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Regina Young (left) and State Rep. Maria Donatucci, both candidates in the 185th District. Combined image via billypenn.com.

With campaigning at a minimum due to the coronavirus and people distracted, it seemed like a Primary Election that would see incumbents returned to office, writes Max Marin for billypenn.com.

But in the 185th District, covering Darby, Colwyn, Sharon Hill and Southwest Philadelphia, voters went in a different direction.

Regina Young, a 46-year-old Democrat with less than $10,000, won the election, defeating 185th District State Rep. Maria Donatucci. The seat had been held by a Donatucci since 1978.

There is no Republican challenger in the General Election, making Young the apparent winner of the seat.

Unofficial returns have Young leading 56 percent to Donatucci’s 43 percent, 5400 votes to 4100.

Young would be the first African American to represent the 185th District, a pre-dominantly Black district.

She is on a growing list of challengers in the Democratic Party who have successfully unseated establishment politicians.

But unlike other challengers, she had virtually no money, an all-volunteer staff and no big endorsements.

Yet Young claims she connected with every household in the district during the campaign.

“I don’t have a background in politics,” Young said, “but I do have a background in human connections.”

Read more about Regina Young and her campaign here.

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