Kinsey Cites 'Team Effort' as Catalyst in Primary Win
State Rep. John Myers' former chief of staff will likely become the 201st's next state representative.
It was certainly a part at Champagne's on Chelten Avenue in Germantown on Tuesday.
That's because a crowd of area politicians was inside, congratulating Stephen Kinsey on his primary win.
Kinsey led challenger Michael Ellis by about 50 points to 41 with about 96 percent of precincts reporting in the 201st Legislative District race.
The district, which mostly covers Germantown but also contains a portion of southern Mt. Airy, is now represented by state Rep. John Myers. But Myers didn't seek re-election this year, which opened the door for Kinsey, his former chief of staff, to run.
Kinsey received support from state Sen. LeAnna Washington, Councilwoman Cindy Bass, former Councilwoman Donna Reed Miller and 22nd Ward Leader Rondal Couser, among others. All of them were at Kinsey's gathering Tuesday.
Chants of "I love you!" rang through the air as Kinsey gave his victory speech, his mother by his side. ("My mom is my hero," he said.)
The Germantown native called his victory a team effort. He spent most of his speech thanking various people that helped him win.
"The election ended today, the work starts tomorrow," Kinsey said. "I need your help. I want your help."
Washington praised Kinsey for pounding the pavement on his way to the victory.
"That's how he won," Washington said. "Block by block."
Meanwhile, Ellis packed up boxes at his office on the 6100 block of Germantown Avenue as he pondered his defeat.
The 29-year old ran against Myers last primary and received 40 percent of the vote then. He said he'll remain involved—he is still a state and local committee person—and he said he supports Kinsey, saying he hopes he sticks to his campaign promises.
"The numbers showed that people want some type of change," he said. "Unfortunately, we didn't have the numbers we needed."
A third challenger, Karl Gamble, received just over 8 percent of the vote.