PHILADELPHIA — The Democratic bastion of Philadelphia has elected a Whig to public office.
Robert "Heshy" Bucholz believes he may be the first Whig to win at the ballot box in Philadelphia in nearly 160 years.
Bucholz, a member of the Modern Whig party, campaigned door-to-door and beat his Democratic opponent 36-24 on Tuesday to earn a four-year term as an election judge in the city's Rhawnhurst section. Election judges are paid $100 a year and are responsible for overseeing equipment and procedures at the polls.
The city's last Whig mayor was elected in 1854. Currently, there are 804,000 registered Democrats and 120,000 Republicans in the city.