The city of Philadelphia has shown some brotherly love to college football star-turned-attorney Brian Sims, who unseated Reagan-era incumbent Democrat Babette Josephs in yesterday’s primary election.
The 33-year-old first-time candidate ran a campaign heavy on direct mail and door-knocking to score the State representative nomination in the gay-heavy neighborhoods of Center City and South Philadelphia. A wealth of out-of-state donations from generous gay heavyweights hoping for Pennsylvania’s first LGBT pol (and his classic hunky good looks) didn’t hurt either.
While Sims will have to go up against a Republican opponent in November, it’s widely expected that this very urban district will vote solidly Democratic—and that he’ll easily become the first openly gay state Rep. in the place that elected Senator Santorum.
Brian’s been on Queerty’s radar since the former Bloomsburg College football captain shared his story of coming out to a teammate—at a fratty jello-wrestling party, no less.
Click through for some more photos of Sims celebrating his victory—and the hard work he put in knocking on doors to secure it.