Vasquez – a Democratic ward leader and Philadelphia Parking Authority employee – would be declared the winner with (an unofficial total) of 1,970 votes to Honkala’s 282.

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Cheri Honkala, second from right, awaits the final tallies in the 197th District statehouse race in which she was a write-in candidate. She’d later learn in that Board of Elections hearing room that she lost the race, but will fight on in court.


For Honkala, it ain’t over, though. She – and her attorney Samuel C. Stretton – have already announced their intentions to ask a “federal court to void this election and to hold those accountable for their gross misconduct in undermining our Democracy.” (Early Friday afternoon, the District Attorney’s Office announced that its task force had opened an investigation into the election.)



“This is not a joke. After I declared, people told me that there are going to be problems if I go through with this,” she said. “We’ve gotten some indirect threats. I have to be careful about what I say, but I’ve told 26th (phonkalolice) District detectives that if something happens to me, it’s because I’m running in an election.”

When I asked whether she regretted running in the race, her response was emphatic.

“Absolutely not. Absolutely not,” she said. “I’m outraged because the 2,000 people, these beautiful people who sent me $20, got robbed. They never saw Emilio knock on one door. He was probably out booting their cars.”

And her takeaway from the experience so far?

“It’s a sad day,” she said. “I learned so much in this process.”

For someone whose been active in the city for as long as Honkala has, that’s really saying something.

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