State Rep Brian Sims, LGBTQ Candidates Lose Bids for Office in Pennsylvania

by Emell Adolphus

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Thursday May 19, 2022

Brian Sims
Brian Sims  (Source:Instagram)

The primary results are in, and LGBTQ+ candidates in the State of Pennsylvania suffered a series of loses.

As reported by the Washington Blade, State Rep Brian Sims lost his bid for lieutenant governor to fellow State Rep. Austin Davis. Sims vacated his seat to run for lieutenant governor.

In move that surprised many in the Keystone State, Davis reportedly received endorsements from "more than 40 prominent LGBTQ leaders," the Blade reported, as many of those supporters believed Davis has the best chance of winning at the general election in November.

If Davis goes on to hold office with governor candidate Josh Shapiro, he will make history in the process as the state's first African-American lieutenant governor, reported ABC 27.

Running to fill Sims' vacated state rep seat, transgender community activist Deja Alvarez and LGBTQ+ rights and economic development advocate Jonathan Lovitz lost to straight LGBTQ ally and businessman Ben Waxman.

Lastly, openly gay State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, of the 181st District in North Philly, ran for the state's U.S. Senate seat being vacated by GOP incumbent Patrick Toomey. A long shot, Kenyatta "lost to Democratic Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, who was declared the winner with 88 percent of the votes counted," reported the Blade.