Election night image via Gov. Tom Wolf / Flickr.

America wakes up this morning with nearly 100 women elected to a Democrat-controlled House of Representatives. But with Pennsylvania’s election results in, here’s what Pittsburghers are talking about:

When a reelection means a new chapter for one of the region’s embattled communities: It wasn’t even 9 p.m. yet when the results were clear. Gov. Tom Wolf had earned another term in Harrisburg, and that meant he was bringing Braddock’s mayor John Fetterman with him. What does that mean for Braddock, where Fetterman has been not just mayor but the guiding force behind progress for well over a decade?

Through sheer force of will, Fetterman brought Braddock into America’s national conversation. We now know that the Lieutenant Governor-elect does not intend to reside in the Harrisburg mansion but will stay, along with his family, in Braddock. Nothing against Harrisburg, he told the AP. “But he and his family have “a real strong allegiance both practically but also symbolically to the community that I’ve been lucky enough to lead for the past four terms.”

And we know his multitasking, equally impactful spouse, Free Store founder Gisele Barreto Fetterman, is ready to embrace her new role in Harrisburg:

Screen shot of Gisele Fetterman’s joyful Facebook post early on Election Night.
Screen shot of Gisele Fetterman’s joyful Facebook post early on Election Night.

Not every victory was quite so clear when the polls closed: Democrat Lindsey Williams managed to narrowly beat Republican Jeremy Shaffer for Pennsylvania’s 38th Senate District seat. But with a margin of just over 500 votes, Shaffer didn’t concede and congratulate Williams until early this morning.

Two presumptive State Reps can finally begin their work: Sara Innamorato and Summer Lee have known since their primary victories that they were in all likelihood headed to Harrisburg. With last night’s voting, they can now begin their terms.

And after much public discussion for and against, the majority of voters didn’t support the Allegheny County Children’s Fund.

Melissa Rayworth

Kidsburgh Editor Melissa Rayworth specializes in stories about culture, gender, design and parenting. She has written for a variety of outlets in the U.S. and Asia, and is a frequent contributor to The...