Brad­ford cruises to vic­tory in 70th Dis­trict

North Penn Life - - News - By Carl Rotenberg croten­berg@jour­nal- reg­is­ter.com

State Rep. Matt Brad­ford, D-70, was re-elected to a third term Tues­day.

The two-term House mem­ber re­ceived 20,442 votes to 11,086 votes for Jim Phillips, his Repub­li­can chal­lenger, to re­ceive 64.84 per­cent of the vote.

Brad­ford had more than 150 vol­un­teers work­ing on Elec­tion Day, he said.

At the Mont­gomery County Demo­cratic cel­e­bra­tion hosted by the UFCW Lo­cal 1776 on Wal­ton Road in Ply­mouth, the crowd of more than 100 cam­paign work­ers and vol­un­teers cheered when good news for Democrats flashed across a screen in the cafe­te­ria.

“Peo­ple were com­ing out later at Ste­wart Mid­dle School. There was a con­stant flow of peo­ple,” said Denise Ashe, the Nor­ris­town Area School Board pres­i­dent. “Han­cock El­e­men­tary had a lot of peo­ple.”

In an in­ter­view in Oc­to­ber, Brad­ford pointed to im­prove­ments made in ed­u­ca­tion fund­ing.

“Work­ing with Gov. Ren­dell in my first term, we saw his­toric in­creases in ed­u­ca­tion fund­ing. We started to close the in­equities be­tween the wealth­i­est school dis­tricts and the poor­est,” Brad­ford said. “We saw tremen­dous in­creases in stu­dent per­for­mance. We proved that things like pre-K, full-day kinder­garten, things like that work.”

Brad­ford, an at­tor­ney, has served in the state House since 2009.

Phillips, a Methac­ton School Board mem­ber, got on the bal­lot as a write-in can­di­date with more than twice the re­quired 300 votes.

In an in­ter­view in Oc­to­ber, Phillips ex­plained his sup­port for HB 1776, a pro­posal to re­place the prop­erty tax sup­port­ing lo­cal ed­u­ca­tion with rev­enue from an in­creased sales tax and in­creased in­come tax. Phillips fa­vored elim­i­nat­ing the prop­erty tax on a set date and re­plac­ing it with the al­ter­na­tive rev­enue rather than phas­ing in the al­ter­na­tives over time.

“Peo­ple are at a point where they can’t af­ford to live in their houses. We’ve used words like re­form,” said Phillips. “We have to re­form prop­erty tax but our elected of­fi­cials have turned that into a dirty word.”

The 70th Leg­isla­tive Dis­trict cov­ers Lower Sal­ford and Worces­ter town­ships and parts of Nor­ris­town and East Norriton, Skip­pack and Towa­mencin town­ships.

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