Ch­ester County vot­ers choose state House can­di­dates

Danielle Friel Ot­ten, Kris­tine Howard win in Demo­cratic pri­maries

The Mercury (Pottstown, PA) - - NEWS - By Bill Ret­tew bret­tew@21st-cen­tu­ry­media. com

Ch­ester County vot­ers made their picks in con­tested state leg­isla­tive dis­trict races dur­ing Penn­syl­va­nia’s pri­mary elec­tions on Tues­day.

The field has been nar­rowed in the 155th and 167th House dis­tricts as Democrats and Repub­li­cans set­tled on can­di­dates to send onto the gen­eral elec­tion this Novem­ber.

With 3,301 votes, or 82.1 per­cent of the vote, Danielle Friel Ot­ten was vic­to­ri­ous over East Pike­land Su­per­vi­sor Ron Gra­ham in a two-per­son race to rep­re­sent the Demo­cratic Party in the 155th House Dis­trict. Gra­ham re­ceived 712 votes, or 17.7 per­cent of the vote. In­cum­bent Repub­li­can Rep. Becky Corbin ran un­op­posed.

All elec­tion re­sults are un­of­fi­cial un­til cer­ti­fied by the Ch­ester County Board of Elec­tions.

Friel Ot­ten is a Uwch­lan Town­ship res­i­dent who said not enough is be­ing done to boost ed­u­ca­tion, health care and pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment.

“Har­ris­burg needs to start get­ting things done,” said Friel Ot­ten, a life­long Demo­crat. “The state gov­ern­ment is not fully fund­ing ed­u­ca­tion and we need to make more progress on health care needs. We need some­one to roll up their sleeves and be­come part of the so­lu­tion for the chal­lenges we face.”

Friel Ot­ten is a mother of two chil­dren, ages 2 and 4, works in the mar­ket­ing and hospitality busi­ness. She is founder of both Uwch­lan Safety Coali­tion and Del-Ch­esco United for Pipeline Safety, and has been a lead­ing voice in the fight for trans­parency, ac­count­abil­ity, and cor­po­rate re­spon­si­bil­ity.

“While work­ing fam­i­lies strug­gle to meet ba­sic chal­lenges of health care, child care, and ed­u­ca­tion, our gov­ern­ment is busy cater­ing to cor­po­rate in­ter­ests,” she said. “Ca­reer politi­cians pro­mote tax breaks and dereg­u­la­tion, and al­low cor­po­ra­tions to abuse our pri­vate prop­erty rights, con­tam­i­nate our lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment and jeop­ar­dize the health, wel­fare, and safety of our com­mu­ni­ties.”

The 155th Dis­trict in­cludes the town­ships of East Brandy­wine, West Brandy­wine, East Pike­land, Uwch­lan, Up­per Uwch­lan, West Vin­cent, and the bor­ough of Spring City and part of Phoenixville.

In the 167th Dis­trict, Kris­tine Howard fin­ished ahead of Jeff McFall in a two-per­son race on the Demo­cratic Pri­mary bal­lot to run against Repub­li­can in­cum­bent Rep. Duane Milne, who ran un­op­posed, in Novem­ber. Howard won 3,114 votes, or 78.3 per­cent of the vote. McFall scored 21.3 per­cent of the vote with 849 votes.

A sin­gle mother of three boys and four girls, Howard re­cently told Demo­cratic com­mit­tee mem­bers, “the sweep­ing vic­to­ries of our Ch­ester County row of­fice can­di­dates in 2017 her­alded a seis­mic shift in the po­lit­i­cal re­al­i­ties we pre­vi­ously un­der­stood as ac­tivist Democrats.”

Cit­ing elec­tions in 2016 and 2017 within the bound­aries of the 167th Dis­trict, she pointed out that Demo­cratic women re­ceived more votes in nearly every race where their op­po­nent was a Repub­li­can man.

Be­fore re­sum­ing her ca­reer as a child wel­fare worker, Howard worked for Philadel­phia Vol­un­teer Lawyers for the Arts, was a child ad­vo­cate for chil­dren in foster care in Philadel­phia and was an or­ga­nizer on sev­eral Demo­cratic po­lit­i­cal cam­paigns, in­clud­ing the Obama cam­paign in 2012.

The 167th Dis­trict is com­prised of parts of Charlestown, East White­land, East­town, West Pike­land, West White­land and Wil­lis­town town­ships, along with Malvern.

Danielle Friel Ot­ten

Rep. Duane Milne

Rep. Becky Corbin

Kris­tine Howard

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