Milne, Den­ham com­pete in 167th Dis­trict

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Adam Farence afarence@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @afarence on Twit­ter

With the seat for the 167th House Dis­trict up for grabs this elec­tion cy­cle, in­cum­bent state Rep. Duane Milne, R-167, of Wil­lis­town, is at­tempt­ing to de­fend his seat from his Demo­cratic chal­lenger, Joe Den­ham.

Den­ham, one of three board su­per­vi­sors for West White­land and the only Demo­crat, cited his ex­pe­ri­ence as a doc­tor work­ing at the Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal of Philadel­phia as an ex­am­ple of fight­ing for the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

Milne, who has held of­fice since 2007, cited his ex­pe­ri­ence and se­nior­ity in his po­si­tion as a rea­son vot­ers should re-elect him.

“I have proven my­self in this of­fice to the vot­ers,” Milne said.

If elected, Den­ham said he

would fo­cus on im­prov­ing fis­cal health in Harrisburg, and said Milne’s vote against the bud­get rev­enue bill is an ex­am­ple of ob­struc­tion­ism.

Re­spond­ing to Den­ham’s crit­i­cism about the bud­get, Milne said he es­tab­lished a rep­u­ta­tion of be­ing bi­par­ti­san and the bud­get im­passe has been “lessons learned,” for the state government.

When asked about what each can­di­date would do to sup­port lo­cal fire de­part­ments, Den­ham cited his work in im­ple­ment­ing a pro­gram at the West White­land Fire Com­pany to screen fire­fight­ers for un­der­ly­ing car­diac is­sues, in hopes of pre­vent­ing fire­fight­ers dy­ing from car­diac ar­rest.

“If elected in Novem­ber, I re­ally want to spear­head this on a state level,” Den­ham said.

Ge­orge “Bud” Turner, the cur­rent fire chief at the West White­land Fire Com­pany and Repub­li­can board su­per­vi­sor for West White­land, ver­i­fied Den­ham’s work at the fire com­pany.

Milne said he sup­ported giv­ing em­ploy­ers of vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers tax cred­its by al­low­ing them to run on calls. He ex­plained that em­ploy­ers are more re­luc­tant to let their em­ploy­ees run on calls, since the num­ber of calls the aver­age fire depart­ment han­dles has in­creased many turn out to be false alarms.

The 167th Dis­trict con­sists of Charlestown, East White­land,

Repub­li­cans have con­trolled the seat con­tin­u­ously since 1969, and ac­cord­ing to bal­lot­pe­dia. org, state leg­is­la­tors re­ceive a salary of $85,339 a year, and a per diem of $175 a day. Penn­syl­va­nia law­mak­ers are the sec­ond high­est paid in the nation, following Cal­i­for­nia.

West White­land, East­town, West Pike­land, Wil­lis­town and Malvern.

Repub­li­cans have con­trolled the seat con­tin­u­ously since 1969, and ac­cord­ing to bal­lot­pe­dia.org, state leg­is­la­tors re­ceive a salary of $85,339 a year, and a per diem of $175 a day. Penn­syl­va­nia law­mak­ers are the sec­ond high­est paid in the nation, following Cal­i­for­nia.

Demo­cratic chal­lenger Joe Den­ham, left, is run­ning against Repub­li­can in­cum­bent state Rep. Duane Milne for his seat in the 167th Dis­trict.

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