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Gralnick Loses in First Bid for Political Office

May 21, 2014
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Brian Gralnick

Brian Gralnick, who had taken a leave of absence from his Jewish communal position, lost Tuesday in a Democratic primary for the State Senate.

 The 34-year-old took a leave of absence from his position as director of the Center for Social Responsibility at the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia to try and unseat state Sen. Le­Anna Washington in the 4th district, which covers Northwestern Philadelphia and parts of Montgomery County.

Art Haywood, a public interest lawyer, captured 40 percent of the vote. Washington, who has been charged with misusing as much as $100,000 in state funds to plan and promote annual campaign birthday fundraisers, received 34 percent and Gralnick received 27 percent. 

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