State Rep. Steve Bar­rar sup­ports Don­ald Trump

Delco rep wants to stress de­fense, veter­ans’ is­sues

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Loretta Rodgers Times Cor­re­spon­dent

State Rep. Stephen Bar­rar, R-160, of Up­per Chich­ester, for­mally en­dorsed Don­ald J. Trump.

Sur­rounded by an au­di­ence of veter­ans, state Rep. Stephen Bar­rar, R-160, of Up­per Chich­ester, was joined Mon­day af­ter­noon by 52 mem­bers of the Penn­syl­va­nia House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives at a news con­fer­ence to for­mally en­dorse Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Don­ald J. Trump.

The en­dorse­ment comes on the heels of U.S. Rep. Pa­trick Mee­han, R-7, of Chadds Ford, stat­ing that he will not sup­port Trump, but rather, will cast a write-in vote for Trump’s run­ning mate, In­di­ana Gov. Mike Pence. Mee­han is the first known Repub­li­can mem­ber of the Penn­syl­va­nia del­e­ga­tion to pub­licly state he would not sup­port Trump.

Mee­han is fac­ing Demo­crat Mary Ellen Balchu­nis, a res­i­dent of the Ard­more sec­tion of Haver­ford, in the Nov. 8 elec­tion.

Mean­while, Penn­syl­va­nia’s in­cum­bent Repub­li­can U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, in a tight race for re-elec­tion against Ch­ester County Demo­crat Katie McGinty, has been non­com­mit­tal when it comes to Trump. Toomey, a Le­high County Repub­li­can, de­nounced Trump’s com­ments about women on a decade-old “Ac­cess Hol­ly­wood” video as crude and of­fen­sive, but will not say if he will or will not vote for the New York billionaire. Lib­er­tar­ian Ed­ward Clif­ford III of Marple is also a can­di­date in the U.S. Sen­ate race.

Bar­rar and his fel­low leg­is­la­tors stood in­side the Capi­tol build­ing in Harrisburg and pledged sup­port for Trump. The Delco rep­re­sen­ta­tive said a bet­ter job must be done at the fed­eral level to help veter­ans, adding that he wants a leader who will make na­tional se­cu­rity a top pri­or­ity and who will have the “backs” of the mil­i­tary.

“Don­ald Trump has talked about his plans for the veter­ans and mil­i­tary and I trust him to keep his word,” said Bar­rar, who faces In­de­pen­dent David Cleary of Con­cord in the up­com­ing elec­tion. “You can hear in his heart that he is a man who holds veter­ans in high es­teem speak­ing with pas­sion and al­ways prais-

Rep. Steve Bar­rar

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