Republicans secure House seats
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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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Campaign signs are displayed at the Coatesville 2 Lincoln University Annex on Kersey Street on Tuesday evening.
Voters wait to cast their ballots at the West Goshen N-3 polling location at Christ Community Church on Phoenixville Pike on Tuesday.
Coatesville 2 voters at Lincoln University Annex on Kersey Street Tuesday evening.
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.