Andrew de­feats Spahr in 160th Dem con­test

Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - NEWS - By Alex Rose arose@21st-cen­tu­ry­ @arosedelco on Twit­ter

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.

An­ton Andrew

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