by Pete Mazzaccaro
Cheltenham commissioner Art Haywood defeated embattled incumbent state senator LeAnna Washington last night to represent the Democratic party in the election for the 4th district’s State Senate seat. Washington has held the seat for nine years.
Washington, 68, was on cruise control to win the nomination until she was charged with corruption in March for allegedly using her legislative staff to raise funds for her campaign — a practice that is illegal in Pennsylvania. She faces up to 12 years in prison.
Haywood, 57, is an attorney by profession who moved to Cheltenham Township in 1997 He was elected to the Cheltenham Township board of commissioners in 2010 and became the board’s chairman in 2012. He ran on a platform of raising the state minimum wage to $11, tighter gun control regulations and increased funding for public schools.
With 98 percent of the votes counted in the district, Hayward had received 15,874 votes to Washington’s 13,440. Cheltenham challenger Brian Gralnick was third with 10,590.