LGBTQ community leader Deja Alvarez has announced a run for state representative of the 182nd district. Alvarez is the director of community engagement at World Healthcare Infrastructures and chairperson of the Philadelphia Police LGBT Liaison Committee. In 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, she founded a food program for undocumented immigrant families and other food insecure individuals.
The 182nd district serves a large section of Center City, including the Gayborhood and Rittenhouse Square, as well as parts of Fairmount, Queen Village, Hawthorne, and Logan Square. The seat is currently held by Rep. Brian Sims, who is running for Lieutenant Governor. Alvarez is the second LGBTQ person to announce a run for the seat. If elected, she would be the first trans person to serve in the state legislature.
Brian Sims, the current representative, endorses Deja Alvarez