Repub­li­cans se­cure House seats

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A sign di­rects vot­ers to the West Ch­ester-7 polling lo­ca­tion at the West Ch­ester Li­brary Tues­day. Much more on lo­cal and state races,

The Repub­li­cans se­cured their nine state House races in Ch­ester County with close-calls for two Repub­li­can in­cum­bents who were both chal­lenged by two Demo­cratic may­ors in the 74th and 156th Leg­isla­tive Dis­trict races.

156th State House Dis­trict

State Rep. Dan Truitt, R-156, of East Goshen, won with 18,196 votes to 18,118 votes for West Ch­ester Mayor Carolyn Comitta in her first time run­ning in a state-level elec­tion. These re­sults came with 95 per­cent of the re­sults in by press time. Repub­li­can Truitt, a busi­ness­man, has served three terms since he was first elected to the state House in 2010. Demo­crat Comitta is in her sec­ond term as mayor. Truitt said pen­sion re­form is at the top of his list. He also plans to con­tinue work­ing on im­prov­ing the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem so that high school and col­lege stu­dents grad­u­ate with the skills needed in the work­force. Truitt and Comitta both said they want to fo­cus on im­prov­ing ed­u­ca­tion. Comitta said if elected she would con­tinue sup­port­ing com­mon-sense gun leg­is­la­tion such as univer­sal back­ground checks for all gun pur­chases. The 156th Dis­trict in­cludes Birm­ing­ham, East Goshen, Thorn­bury, West­town, West Ch­ester and part of West Goshen.

74th State House Dis­trict

State Rep. Harry Lewis Jr., R-74, of Caln, and Down­ing­town Mayor Josh Maxwell fin­ished in an­other close race of 11,830 votes for Lewis and 10,950 votes for Maxwell.

Demo­crat Maxwell lost to Repub­li­can Lewis in 2014 when the dis­trict was first cre­ated. Lewis has served in the House since 2015. Maxwell was sworn in as mayor in 2010 as the youngest mayor. Lewis, an ed­u­ca­tor, spent more than 40 years with the Coatesville Area School Dis­trict as a stu­dent, teacher, coach, and high school prin­ci­pal. Maxwell and Lewis both sup­port in­creas­ing state fund­ing for ed­u­ca­tion. They also both want to com­bat the opi­ate abuse epi­demic. Maxwell said to treat drug ad­dic­tion as a dis­ease. Lewis voted for pro­posed leg­is­la­tion in the House that would al­low drug com­pa­nies to de­stroy phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals through waste-to-en­ergy fa­cil­i­ties.

The 74th Dis­trict en­com­passes Caln, Coatesville, Down­ing­town, East Caln, East Fal­low­field, Mo­dena, Parkes­burg, South Coatesville, Sads­bury and Val­ley.

158th State House Dis­trict

With state Rep. Chris Ross, R-158, of Ken­nett Square, not seek­ing re­elec­tion af­ter hold­ing of­fice since 1997, the seat was open. Repub­li­can Eric Roe, of West Goshen, de­feated Demo­crat Su­san Rzu­cidlo, of New Gar­den with 17,617 votes to 15,509 votes by press time. Roe is an ad­min­is­tra­tive as­sis­tant to Ch­ester County Com­mis­sioner Michelle Kich­line. Rzu­cidlo is a non­profit direc­tor and a fam­ily farmer. The 158th Dis­trict in­cludes East Brad­ford, East Marl­bor­ough, Lon­don Bri­tain, New Gar­den, Newlin, West Brad­ford, West Marl­bor­ough, Avon­dale and parts of West Goshen.

Re­sults are un­of­fi­cial un­til cer­ti­fied by the Ch­ester County Voter Ser­vices Board of Elec­tions. The fol­low­ing are the un­of­fi­cial votes in the re­main­ing state House races as of press time late Tues­day with most precincts re­port­ing:

155th State House Dis­trict

State Rep. Becky Corbin, R-155, of East Brandy­wine: 19,840 votes

James “Jim” J. Burns: 14,383 votes

Repub­li­can Corbin de­feated Burns with 19,840 to 14,383 votes, se­cur­ing her third term. She has served in the House since 2013. Demo­crat Burns is a for­mer Spring City coun­cil­man. Burns ran for state rep­re­sen­ta­tive in 2014 against Corbin. The 155th Dis­trict in­cludes: East Brandy­wine, East Pike­land, part of Phoenixville, Spring City, Uwch­lan, Up­per Uwch­lan, West Brandy­wine and West Vincent.

167th State House Dis­trict

State Rep. Duane D. Milne, R-167, of Wil­lis­town: 20,578 votes Joe Den­ham: 15,597 votes Milne de­feated Den­ham with 20,578 votes to 15,597 votes. Milne has served in the House since 2007. Den­ham is a West White­land su­per­vi­sor, elected in 2013. He holds a Doc­tor of Os­teo­pathic Medicine and served in the Army. The 167th Dis­trict in­cludes Charlestown, East White­land, East­town, West Pike­land, West White­land and Wil­lis­town and Malvern.

157th State House Dis­trict

State Rep. War­ren Kampf, R-157, of Tredyf­frin: 14,388 votes

Hans van Mol: 12,011 votes

Kampf de­feated Mol with 14,388 votes in Ch­ester County and 951 votes in Mont­gomery County while Mol had 12,011 votes in Ch­ester County and 673 votes in Mont­gomery County. Repub­li­can Kampf has served in the House since 2011. He is a lawyer. Demo­crat Mol, of Tredyf­frin, is an in­ven­tory man­ager for a mu­sic dis­tri­bu­tion com­pany. The 157th Dis­trict en­com­passes parts of Ch­ester and Mont­gomery coun­ties. Ch­ester County mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in­clude Schuylkill, Tredyf­frin and parts of Phoenixville.

13th State House Dis­trict

State Rep. John Lawrence, R-13, of West Grove: 13,833 votes Nancy Dean: 8,863 votes Lawrence de­feated Dean with 13,833 votes in Ch­ester County and 956 votes in Lan­caster County to her 8,863 votes in Ch­ester County and 387 votes in Lan­caster County. Repub­li­can Lawrence has served in the House since 2011. He is a fi­nan­cial pro­fes­sional by trade. Demo­crat Dean, of Lon­don Grove, pur­sued a ca­reer in teach­ing, and then made a midlife ca­reer change to min­istry. The 13th state House Dis­trict en­com­passes Ch­ester and Lan­caster coun­ties. Ch­ester County in­cludes East Not­ting­ham, Elk, Franklin, High­land, Lon­don Grove, Lon­don­derry, Lower Ox­ford, New Lon­don, Penn, Up­per Ox­ford, West Fal­low­field, West Not­ting­ham, At­glen, Ox­ford and West Grove.

160th State House Dis­trict

State Rep. Stephen “Steve” E. Bar­rar, R-160, of Up­per Chich­ester: 6,125 votes David Cleary: 2,633 votes Bar­rar de­feated Cleary with 6,125 votes in Ch­ester County and 15,352 votes in Delaware County to Cleary’s 2,633 votes in Ch­ester County and 2,364 votes in Delaware County. Repub­li­can Bar­rar has served in the House since 1997. Bar­rar and In­de­pen­dent Cleary, of Con­cord, Delaware County, are both U.S. Navy vet­er­ans. Cleary ran for state rep­re­sen­ta­tive in 2010 against Bar­rar. The 160th Dis­trict en­com­passes parts of Ch­ester County and Delaware County. In Ch­ester County, it in­cludes Ken­nett Town­ship, Penns­bury, Po­cop­son and Ken­nett Square Bor­ough.

26th State House Dis­trict

State Rep. Timothy F. Hen­nessey, R-26, of North Coven­try, se­cured his seat in an un­con­tested race. The 26th Dis­trict en­com­passes parts of Ch­ester and Mont­gomery coun­ties. It in­cludes the fol­low­ing ar­eas in Ch­ester County: East Coven­try, East Nant­meal, East Vincent, Honey Brook Town­ship, North Coven­try, South Coven­try, Wal­lace, War­wick, West Caln, West Nant­meal, West Sads­bury, Elver­son and Honey Brook Bor­ough.

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PETE BANNAN-DIG­I­TAL FIRST MEDIA

Cam­paign signs are dis­played at the Coatesville 2 Lin­coln Uni­ver­sity An­nex on Kersey Street on Tues­day evening.

PETE BANNAN — DIG­I­TAL FIRST MEDIA

Vot­ers wait to cast their bal­lots at the West Goshen N-3 polling lo­ca­tion at Christ Com­mu­nity Church on Phoenixville Pike on Tues­day.

PETE BANNAN-DIG­I­TAL FIRST MEDIA

Coatesville 2 vot­ers at Lin­coln Uni­ver­sity An­nex on Kersey Street Tues­day evening.

PETE BANNAN-DIG­I­TAL FIRST MEDIA

Mary Tum­minello is all smiles af­ter get­ting her ‘I voted’ sticker at the West Ch­ester-7 polling lo­ca­tion at the West Ch­ester Pub­lic Li­brary on Thurs­day. Tum­minello ac­tu­ally voted at the Mary Tay­lor House but they were out of stick­ers so she stopped at the li­brary to get hers.

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