Milne, Denham compete in 167th District
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.