Andrew defeats Spahr in 160th Dem contest
Chester County Democrat Anton Andrew has defeated Upper Chichester resident Cathy Spahr in the 160th Legislative District primary election, according to unofficial machine tallies reported Wednesday.
The race was too close to call Tuesday night. Andrew was leading with less than 10 votes with all Delaware County votes in and three precincts still unrecorded in Kennett Township, where Andrew resides.
The full tally from both counties available Wednesday put Andrew over the top with 2,157 votes to Spahr’s 1,875. Andrew now faces longtime incumbent Republican state Rep. Steve Barrar of Upper Chichester in November.
“I’m proud to accept the Democratic nomination and I would like to thank the voters of the 160th District, my supporters and my campaign team,” said Andrew Wednesday.
He also commended Spahr for her campaign, but said it is time to come together and prepare for the November general election.
“Today we are all on the same team and have the same mission to defeat Stephen Barrar, and give our community real representation in Harrisburg,” he said. “I look forward to a robust debate with Representative Barrar on the issues that face our commonwealth and matter to our community.”
Andrew, 47, a Kennett Township attorney, holds a degree in political science from the University of Pennsylvania and a Juris Doctor degree from Hofstra University.
A native of Washington, D.C., he was raised in Jamaica and Trinidad before returning to the United States at age 10. Andrew is an attorney with more than 20 years of experience focused on defending indigent and working class clients, and also launched a successful incubator for small, minority and women-owned businesses at Cheney University.
He has served as board chair at the Newtown Square educational resource center Open Connections, and on the boards of The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County and The Nature Conservancy.
Andrew’s main platform planks include addressing a structural deficit, increasing education funding, infrastructure improvements, protecting marginalized communities and the environment, and addressing gun violence.
The 160th District is made up of Bethel Township, Chadds Ford, Concord and part of Upper Chichester in Delaware County, as well as Kennett Square, Kennett Township, Pennsbury and Pocopson in Chester County.