Oh prevails to win at-large Philadelphia City Council seat

The final seat on Philadelphia City Council has been decided.

David Oh has prevailed to win the final at-large seat. Oh says he’s pleased to have eked out victory by about 150 votes over Al Taubenberger. Oh said Tuesday afternoon he’s just waiting now for the results to be certified.

“With that, we can get to the business of dealing with Philadelphia’s issues and helping the people of our city and moving the city forward,” Oh said.

Challenger Taubenberger conceded Tuesday after spending the past week reviewing the ballots, including the absentee and overseas military votes.

“Nobody likes to lose, I don’t know any one person who does,” he said. “But the results are the results and you move forward … you keep a positive head because there are a lot of great things that can be done in this city working together with a lot of different people.

“I look forward again to taking the lead again on job creation and job development,” said Taubenberger.

Oh lost a close race four years ago for council. Taubenberger says it’s too early to say if he will run for office again.

Dennis O’Brien is the other at-large Republican who will be seated on the council to replace Jack Kelly, who is retiring, and Frank Rizzo, who lost in the primary.

The Philadelphia City Charter mandates two at-large seats for the minority party in the city, where Democrats hold a six-to-one registration margin over the GOP.

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