Edward Neilson

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Ed Neilson
Philadelphia City Council
In office
August 2014-Present
Term ends
Years in position 1
Elections and appointments
Last electionMay 2014
First electedMay 2014
Next generalMay 19, 2015
Term limitsNone
Prior offices
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
District 169
April 24, 2012-August 14, 2014
Office website
Ed Neilson is an at-large Democratic member of the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania City Council. He was elected to the council to serve a partial term in a special election in May 2014. Before becoming a member of city council, Neilson was a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, representing District 169 from April 24, 2012, to August 14, 2014.[1][2]

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 Pennsylvania House of Representatives legislative session, Neilson served on the following committees:

Pennsylvania Committee Assignments, 2013
Gaming Oversight
Urban Affairs



See also: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania municipal elections, 2015

The city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania will hold elections for mayor and city council on November 3, 2015. A primary election will take place on May 19, 2015. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 10, 2015. There are seven at-large seats up for election, one of which is currently vacant. Two at-large seats on the Philadelphia City Council are reserved for members of the minority party. In the Democratic at-large primary, incumbents Blondell Reynolds Brown, William Greenlee, Edward Neilson and W. Wilson Goode, Jr. will face Derek Green, Jenne Baccar Ayers, Wilson Alexander, Allan Domb, Thomas Wyatt, Carla Cain, Lillian Ford, Paul Steinke, Barbara Capozzi, Marnie Aument Loughery, Sherrie Cohen, Billy Ivery, Helen Gym, Frank Rizzo and Isaiah Thomas. In the Republican at-large primary, incumbents David Oh and Dennis M. O’Brien will face James Williams, Terrence Tracy Jr., Daniel Tinney, Al Taubenberger and Matt Wolfe.[3]


Special election

See also: State legislative special elections, 2012

Neilson defeated David Kralle (R) in the special election on April 24, 2012. Neilson captured 54% of the vote. He will replace Dennis O'Brien (R) who resigned after being elected to the Philadelphia City Council in November.[4][5]

Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 169, Special Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEd Neilson 54.1% 3,493
     Republican David Kralle 45.9% 2,969
Total Votes 6,462

General election

See also: Pennsylvania House of Representatives elections, 2012

Neilson ran in the 2012 election for Pennsylvania House District 169. Neilson ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on April 24 and defeated David Kralle (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[6]

Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 169, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEdward Neilson Incumbent 65.2% 15,825
     Republican David Kralle 34.8% 8,435
Total Votes 24,260

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Edward Neilson is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Edward Neilson raised a total of $429,889 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 18, 2013.[7]

Edward Neilson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 169 Won $429,889
Grand Total Raised $429,889


Edward Neilson won re-election to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Edward Neilson raised a total of $429,889.


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Political offices
Preceded by
Philadelphia City Council, At-large
August 2014–Present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Pennsylvania House of Representatives District 169
Succeeded by
Kate Anne Klunk (R)