Women to represent Berks in Congress
The U.S. House of Representatives gained two new members last 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 but final results Dean received 210,219 votes to 121,117 votes for Republican Dan David.
David did well in the Berks County portion of the district, garnering 4,163 votes to Dean’s 2,838 votes, but Dean trounced David in Montgomery County (207,381 votes to 116,954 votes.)
In his concession, David said “we ran a campaign that rejected the timeworn rhetoric and braved the difficult head-
winds 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 all precincts reporting, Houlahan received 175,516 votes to easily defeat her Republican challenger, Greg McCauley, who finished with 122,896 votes.
The contest was closer in Berks County, where Houlahan garnered 36,687 votes to McCauley’s 26,142, but Houlahan bested McCauley by a 42,000-vote margin.
“We made history together tonight thanks to the incredible work and dedication of our campaign’s countless supporters,” Houlahan
said in a statement released at midnight on Election Day.
“Our success in this election proved that people of good conscience can still come together, regardless of party or politics, around long-standing Pennsylvania values of civility and service,” she said. “I’m excited to get to work in Washington on behalf of all of us here in the 6th district, and I look forward to building on our success in this new Congress to address the challenges we face as a community and as a country.”
Dean and Houlahan’s victories were part of a socalled “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 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
She defeated David, cofounder of a Skippackbased equities research firm named GeoInvesting 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 re-drawn by the Democratic-controlled court.
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.