Friel Ot­ten faces off against Corbin in 155th District.

The Phoenix - - FRONT PAGE - By Bill Rettew bret­tew@21st-cen­tu­ry­media. com @wc­dai­ly­lo­cal on Twit­ter

Demo­crat Danielle Friel Ot­ten and Repub­li­can in­cum­bent Rep. Becky Corbin seek the nod from vot­ers to serve as state rep­re­sen­ta­tive in the 155th Leg­isla­tive District.

Corbin lives in East Brandy­wine Town­ship and Friel Ot­ten calls Ex­ton home.

Corbin hopes to con­tinue to build and grow a pos­i­tive busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment and “cre­ate more fam­ily sus­tain­ing jobs and op­por­tu­ni­ties for our res­i­dents,” she said. “When busi­nesses thrive, our com­mu­ni­ties ben­e­fit as well.”

Corbin grad­u­ated from Chatham Uni­ver­sity in Pitts­burgh, with a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in sci­ence and chem­istry, and a mi­nor in mu­sic.

She is mar­ried with two chil­dren and two grand­chil­dren.

Corbin noted that $2.6 bil­lion was added to the state’s ed­u­ca­tion bud­get dur­ing the past six years with­out rais­ing taxes.

She wants to en­sure that “lo­cal school dis­tricts re­ceive the fund­ing and re­sources they need to ed­u­cate our chil­dren and keep our chil­dren safe.”

She also is con­cerned with in­creas­ing pub­lic safety and mak­ing sure the Mariner East 2 pipe­line is con­structed safely.

“I wrote to Gov. Wolf and asked him to review this project to con­sider all po­ten­tial pub­lic safety and en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pacts.”

Friel Ot­ten said she would fight for af­ford­able health care.

As the mother of a child born with a rare and costly med­i­cal dis­or­der, Friel Ot­ten said she knows the chal­lenges for the health sys­tem. She would work to lower pre­mi­ums and co­pays, cut pre­scrip­tion drug costs, pro­tect cov­er­age of pre-ex­ist­ing con­di­tions and sup­port safe staffing lim­its for nurses and sim­plify the health care sys­tem.

“I be­lieve in pro­tect­ing women’s health care, in­clud­ing agency over their own body and re­pro­duc­tive rights,” she said.

Friel Ot­ten is a mar­ket­ing con­sul­tant and is mar­ried with two chil­dren. She grad­u­ated from West Ch­ester Uni­ver­sity with a de­gree in ki­ne­si­ol­ogy.

She fa­vors find­ing sus­tain­able ed­u­ca­tion fund­ing so­lu­tions.

“I will fight for state bud­gets that fully and fairly fund our pub­lic schools while end­ing over-reliance on lo­cal prop­erty taxes,” she said.

Friel Ot­ten said she will stand up for neigh­bor­hoods and the en­vi­ron­ment.

“I will hold the greedy oil and gas in­dus­try ac­count­able,” Friel Ot­ten said. “I will put pri­vate prop­erty rights, clean water sources and the safety of our com­mu­ni­ties ahead of cor­po­rate prof­its.”

The 155th House District in­cludes parts of Spring City and Phoenixville, and all of West Vin­cent, East Pike­land, Uwch­lan, Up­per Uwch­lan, East Brandy­wine and West Brandy­wine.


Rep. Becky Corbin, left, and Danielle Friel Ot­ten.

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