Women to rep­re­sent Berks in Con­gress

The Southern Berks News - - FRONT PAGE - By Evan Brandt

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

Town­ship com­mis­sioner.

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.

evan BranDt — Dig­i­tal firSt Me­Dia

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.

Chrissy Houla­han

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