Bradford cruises to victory in 70th District
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.