Stage set for state House races

Corbin and Burns square off in 155th

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Gin­ger Rae Dun­bar gdun­bar@21st-cen­tu­ry­ @GingerDun­bar on Twit­ter

State Rep. Becky Corbin, a Repub­li­can, and Demo­crat James Burns are seek­ing the 155th District in Novem­ber.

Corbin, 63, of East Brandy­wine, has served two terms and is seek­ing her third be­cause she said, “I feel I’m do­ing a good job serv­ing the con­stituents.”

Burns, 64, of Spring City, works as a soft­ware de­vel­oper/com­puter op­er­a­tions sup­port. He said he is run­ning for of­fice be­cause “I felt that the vot­ers in the 155th were not be­ing fairly rep­re­sented in the As­sem­bly; the slot on the bal­lot was avail­able which gives vot­ers an op­tion.”

Corbin said that the res­i­dents of the 155th District reach out to her with is­sues and “we re­solve them.”

For ex­am­ple, she said of the bridges that Pen­nDOT (Penn­syl­va­nia Depart­ment of Trans­porta-

tion) closed in her district in the past due to struc­tural de­fi­cien­cies, she worked with Pen­nDOT to get the re­pairs done and re­open two bridges to help al­le­vi­ate travel is­sues. Her bill, House Bill 1581, be­came law with Gov. Tom Wolf’s sig­na­ture on Wed­nes­day.

Burns said his goals for state fund­ing for ed­u­ca­tion in­clude look­ing for and sup­port­ing “al­ter­nate meth­ods of fund­ing ed­u­ca­tion and at the same time elim­i­nate prop­erty tax as a tool of school boards.”

When asked about a com­pro­mise in re­sponse to the bud­get im­passe by Wolf last year, Burns said, “I feel ev­ery­thing is an op­tion ex­cept short bud­get­ing ed­u­ca­tion. I feel it’s pru­dent to have an in­cen­tive to pass a timely bud­get.”

Corbin re­sponded that she voted to have the state bud­get passed on time.

She said us­ing the ed­u­ca­tion fund­ing for­mula, “each year we in­crease the amount for ed­u­ca­tion.” Her state fund­ing ed­u­ca­tion goals in­clude look­ing at “how to get more money di­rectly into class­rooms, we need to cut costs.”

Corbin con­tacted the Ch­ester County District At­tor­ney’s Of­fice to es­tab­lish drug-take back boxes through­out county. With grant money, the county re­ceived 10 boxes, and now there are nearly 25 per­ma­nent lo­ca­tions.

Burns said he would sup­port or­ga­ni­za­tions that pro­mote ad­dic­tion reme­dies.

“I would sup­port and in­creased num­ber of drug

drop-off sites,” Burns said.

He said his sup­ports sup­ply­ing and ed­u­cat­ing lo­cal and state po­lice in Nar­can use, as well as mak­ing Nar­can read­ily avail­able and to start ed­u­cat­ing the pub­lic on opi­ate abuse.

A Nalox­one dose can be pur­chased over the counter at phar­ma­cies such as CVS for nearly $30. Nalox­one, also known as Nar­can, is a drug that tem­po­rar­ily re­verses the symp­toms of an opi­oid over­dose.

Corbin noted she is a strong sup­porter of the Good Sa­mar­i­tan Law, passed in 2014, which al­lows first re­spon­ders to carry Nar­can. All 47 Ch­ester County po­lice de­part­ments

have per­mit­ted their of­fi­cers to carry Nar­can in an ef­fort to save lives.

Burns said if elected he plans to work on ed­u­ca­tion fund­ing, eco­nomic fair­ness, gen­der rights and the en­vi­ron­ment.

The 155th District in­cludes: East Brandy­wine, East Pike­land, part of Phoenixville, Spring City, Uwch­lan, Up­per Uwch­lan, West Brandy­wine and West Vin­cent.

James Burns

State Rep. Becky Corbin

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