Reproductive rights activist La’Tasha Mayes is poised to secure the Democratic nomination in Pennsylvania’s 24th State House District.
As of Wednesday afternoon, Mayes had garnered 46.7% of the votes counted, compared to 37.8% for newly elected state Representative Martell Covington and 15.5% for fair housing activist Randall Taylor. according to unofficial counts.
Covington, a former legislative aide to state Sen. Jay Costa, won a special election last month to finish newly elected Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey’s term in the state House. Mayes and Taylor also sought the Democratic nomination in the Special Election race, finishing second and third behind Covington.
“In a political season full of twists and turns, voters decided to hand the job of state representative … to me — the daughter of a single mother, veteran, and union member,” Mayes said. . “I am a fearless fighter for all things justice and a proud black woman – the first to hold this office.”
Morningside’s Mayes identified reducing gun violence as his top priority, highlighting violence against members of the LGBTQIA+ community and domestic violence. Mayes said she would work to ensure women still have access to abortion and other health care services if Roe v. Wade is canceled.
The Covington campaign did not respond to requests for comment.
There were no Republicans on the ballot Tuesday.