Philadelphia’s election of its first female mayor and the appointment of Democrat Cherelle Parker to replace Mayor Jim Kenney grabbed the most headlines on election night.
Hotly contested races for City Council were also in the spotlight.
But those weren’t the only races on the ballot.
Philadelphia voters were also asked to participate in elections for sheriff, city manager and register of wills.
Philly residents have also been tasked with deciding whether the city should change that Charter of house rules to create a permanent office for people with disabilities.
In the race for sheriff, Democrat and incumbent Rochelle Bilal defeated Republican challenger Mark Lavelle.
Bilal, who has been in office since 2020 – and who recently faced controversy after several firearms were discovered missing from her office – defeated Lavelle, a warehouse manager, by a wide margin – more than 100,000 votes.
In the race for control of the city, Democrat Christy Brady defeated Republican Aaron Bashir by a sound margin. Brady received more than 200,000 votes, surpassing the just over 50,000 votes her opponent received.
Brady has worked in the office for nearly 30 years and previously served as deputy controller when she replaced former controller Rebecca Rhynhart. Rhynhart resigned to run for mayor but lost in the spring primary election. Brady resigned from her role as an actress to run in this election.
Bashir previously worked as a financial accountant for the City of Philadelphia and was an adjunct professor of mathematics at the Community College of Philadelphia. He is also working on obtaining a doctorate. at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, according to a campaign website that has not been updated since a failed bid for U.S. Congress in 2022.
In the race for register of wills, Democrat John Sabatina, a real estate attorney, defeated Republican Linwood Holland.
Here the Democrat secured more than 200,000 votes, while the Dutch party was only able to secure less than 50,000 votes.
Sabatina defeated incumbent Tracey Gordon in the primary after Gordon became embroiled in controversy after several former employees filed lawsuits against her.
The Philadelphia Investigators noted that these lawsuits allege inappropriate conduct – such as “harassing” employees about campaign contributions or forcing them to lie to members of the press.
Ultimately, voters overwhelmingly decided to make the city’s Office for People with Disabilities a permanent fixture at City Hall. The office is intended to coordinate Philadelphia’s compliance with requirements to provide access to city services and programs for people with disabilities.