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Gralnick Loses in First Bid for Political Office
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.