Stage set for state House races
Corbin and Burns square off in 155th
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.
State Rep. Becky Corbin