Montgomery County, PA: After a contentious and crowded contest, Jamila Winder and Neil Makhija
have won the Democratic primary in the Montgomery County commissioners race.
Winder led with 54,744 votes out of about 92,000 cast, according to unofficial election results early Wednesday morning. Makhija followed with 38,458 votes.
He’s a lawyer, election law professor at the University of Pennsylvania, and civil and voting rights advocate from Lower Merion. He is making history as the first Asian American elected on the county’s board of commissioners.
Makhija was endorsed by The Philadelphia Inquirer Editorial Board and U.S. Sen. John Fettermen. He comes with experience working in the White House and the U.S. Senate. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Makhjia raised more money than his four running mates combined, a whopping $842,000.
He said his campaign “inspired a new and diverse coalition of voters to turn out to vote in every corner of the county.”
On the GOP side, Tom DiBello and Liz Ferry were the winners. The four will face off this November to determine control of the three-member Board of Commissioners.