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Chesco voters choose state House candidates in primaries


Chester County voters made their picks in several Legislative Districts with competitive races during Pennsylvania’s primary elections on Tuesday.

The field has been narrowed in the 155th, 160th and 167th districts as Democrats and Republicans settled on candidates to send onto the general election this November. Candidates ran unopposed in the primary elections for both sides in several other Legislative Districts in the county.

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 Legislative 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.”

Incumbent Republican Rep. Steve Barrar ran unopposed in his primary, and will face off against Anton Andrew at the November polls in the 160th Legislative District.

Andrew garnered 1,400 votes, or 79.2 percent of the vote to defeat Cathy Spahr on the Democratic Primary ballot. Spahr received 365 votes, or 20.6 percent.

Andrew was a court-appointed lawyer in Miami and a volunteer in Chester County, where he defended the rights of those who could not afford to hire a lawyer. As a senior adviser to two presidents at Cheyney University, in addition to implementing and enforcing the rules on workplace harassment and discrimination.

He launched and directed a campus center that trains small, women and minority-owned businesses to compete for government contracts.

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.

Digital First Media staff writers Lucas Rodgers and Fran Maye contributed to this report.

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