Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Allegations of Polling Place Violence

Our colleague Stephanie Farr provided this report:

Allegations of Polling Place Violence

Our colleague Stephanie Farr provided this report:

Violence reportedly broke out at a polling place in Northern Liberties this morning.

Witnesses said that an uncle of Lewis Thomas III, who is challenging state Rep. W. Curtis Thomas in the 181st legislative district, pushed an elderly committee person and took a swing at a ward leader. The incident happened at a polling place on North 6th Street near Fairmount at around 9 a.m.

But Lewis Thomas III said the accusations, which come from supporters of state rep. W. Curtis Thomas, were “totally preposterous and ridiculous.” No police report was immediately filed. Zack Stalberg, president of the Committee of Seventy, said his organization has “indirectly” heard about the incident and they would send people to look into it further.

The 181st District includes parts of North Philadelphia, Kensington and Northern Liberties.

UPDATE, 7:30 pm:  PhillyClout has learned that the uncle in question is long-time Democratic political consultant Tommie St. Hill, who denies that he got into any physical alterations and suggests its all a case of mistaken identity.  "I wasn't pushing people around," St. Hill said. "I categorically deny that. I'm a gentlemen."

Ward leader Arthur Green just told PhillyClout that he filed a police reporter later in the day.

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