Dean, Houla­han cruise to vic­tory

The Phoenix - - FRONT PAGE - By Evan Brandt [email protected]­tu­ry­media.com @PottstownNews on Twit­ter

The U.S. House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives gained two new mem­bers Tues­day night when vot­ers in Mont­gomery, Ch­ester and Berks coun­ties voted to send two Democrats to Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

Run­ning in a new dis­trict drawn by the Penn­syl­va­nia Supreme Court, Madeleine Dean won elec­tion to the new 4th Con­gres­sional Dis­trict, which com­prises most of Mont­gomery County and the Berks County town­ships of Dou­glass, Cole­brook­dale, Wash­ing­ton and the bor­oughs of Bally, Boyertown and Bech­telsville.

Ac­cord­ing to un­of­fi­cial re­sults re­ported by the As­so­ci­ated Press, with 49 per­cent re­port­ing, Dean had 103,479 votes, or 61 per­cent to Dan David’s 66,202 or 39 per­cent.

Dean had not is­sued a state­ment as of press time.

In his con­ces­sion, David said “we ran a cam­paign that re­jected the time­worn rhetoric and braved the dif­fi­cult head­winds of present-day pol­i­tics. De­spite the out­come, we should be proud of what we’ve done to­gether.”

“To my sup­port­ers across the dis­trict, to friends old and new, to my vol­un­teers and staff and of course to my fam­ily and my wife Ja­nine, let me ex­press my tremen­dous grat­i­tude. I also con­grat­u­late my op­po­nent Madeleine Dean and wish her the best as she pre­pares to rep­re­sent our dis­trict,” David said.

Sim­i­larly, the new 6th Dis­trict, com­prised of all of Ch­ester County and south­east Berks County, in­clud­ing Union, Birds­boro, west to Wy­omiss­ing and the city of Read­ing, was won by Demo­crat Chrissy Houla­han.

With 59 per­cent of precincts re­port­ing, the As­so­ci­ated Press had Houla­han, with 82,427 or 59 per­cent to the 56,940, or 41 per­cent won by her op­po­nent, Re­pub­li­can Greg McCauley.

Dean and Houla­han’s victo-

ries were part of a so-called “Blue Wave” of Demo­cratic vic­to­ries widely seen as a re­pu­di­a­tion of the poli­cies and Pres­i­dency of Don­ald Trump.

Democrats needed to win 23 GOP-held seats in 2018 to win con­trol of the House, and vic­to­ries by Dean and Houla­han pro­vided two of them.

Dean, a Penn­syl­va­nia Demo­crat Chrissy Houla­han, right, speaks with Tredyf­frin Demo­cratic com­mit­teep­er­son, Holly Bran­ham, out­side the polling place at the Tredyf­frin Town­ship build­ing. Madeleine Dean, left, shown here with Boyertown School Board mem­ber Jill Den­ninm cen­ter, and for­mer can­di­date Rachel Hendricks out­side the polling place at the Gil­bertsville fire­house Tues­day.

state rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the 153rd Dis­trict, earned her law de­gree from Wi­dener Uni­ver­sity and prac­ticed law lo­cally be­fore be­com­ing an English pro­fes­sor and serv­ing as an Abing­ton Town­ship com­mis­sioner.

She de­feat Dan David, co-founder of a Skip­pack based equities re­search firm named Geo In­vest­ing who was also in­stru­men­tal in un­cov­er­ing fraud by China-based firms on the U.S. stock ex­change.

David at­tended North­ern

Michi­gan Uni­ver­sity and the ex­ec­u­tive ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram at the Whar­ton School at the Uni­ver­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia.

Houla­han and McCauley, are both po­lit­i­cal novices who have never be­fore held elected of­fice.

A third-gen­er­a­tion vet­eran, Houla­han at­tended Stan­ford Uni­ver­sity on an ROTC schol­ar­ship, re­ceived a mas­ter’s de­gree from the Mas­sachusetts In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy and served as a cap­tain in the Air Force.

She worked worked as an ex­ec­u­tive at the Paolibased AND1, was a chem­istry teacher at a Philadel­phia high school and also ran a non­profit look­ing to in­crease lit­er­acy.

Houla­han won in a dis­trict cur­rently rep­re­sented by mod­er­ate Re­pub­li­can Ryan Costello who de­cided, late in the pre-elec­tion sea­son, not to face her in what many had pre­dicted would be a tough elec­tion bat­tle in a dis­trict that had gone for Hil­lary Clin­ton in 2016 even be­fore it was re­drawn by the court.

PETE BANNAN — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

EVAN BRANDT — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

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