After a close race against nine other Democratic candidates, Cherelle Parker has won Philadelphia’s Democratic mayoral primary.

If Parker wins the election on November 7, 2023, she would become the city’s 100th mayor, and the first woman to ever earn the role.

Raised in the northwest section of the city, Parker been interested in politics since high school.

Parker’s long political history includes serving as a Pennsylvania State House representative for about a decade, and then taking a seat on the Philadelphia city council in 2015. Holding the position until 2023 when she announced her run for mayor, Democrat Cherelle Parker worked to address public safety, financial security, and increased quality of life.

Due to an emergency dental issue, Parker was unable to celebrate with supporters last night, but released a statement on Twitter saying she is incredibly honored to have earned the Democratic nomination. “It’s been a long road, and to see the tireless work of my campaign team, supporters, and family pay off is humbling. I’m looking forward to November and bringing our city together as its 100th mayor.”, she said.

The official statement from her campaign team said, “Cherelle Parker is thrilled to have received the trust and confidence of so many Philadelphians. Unfortunately, Cherelle had a recent dental issue that required immediate medical attention this evening, and she is currently receiving care at the University of Pennsylvania,” the campaign spokesperson wrote. “Cherelle looks forward to celebrating with all of her friends and supporters and thanks all of Philadelphia for making history tonight.”

Parker will face Republican David Oh in November’s general election on November 7, 2023. If Cherelle Parker wins, she will become the city’s first black, woman Mayor. If David Oh would win, he would become the first Asian American mayor in Philadelphia, and the city’s first Republican mayor since the 1950s.