State Rep. Ed Neilson, a former political director for the city Electricians union, will soon be swapping his legislative seat for a chair in City Council.
Neilson, 50, now serving his first term in the state House from the Far Northeast, easily won Tuesday's special election to replace Councilman-at-Large Bill Green.
Picked by Democratic ward leaders as their candidate, Neilson defeated Republican lawyer Matthew Wolfe and the Libertarian Party's Nikki Allen Poe to fill out the remaining 19 months of Green's term. Green resigned this year after Gov. Corbett named him chairman of the School Reform Commission.
Buoyed by the city's overwhelming Democratic registration edge, Neilson led Wolfe in unofficial tallies by a margin of better than 5-1, with most of the votes counted in a low-turnout election.