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Williams, Little-Turner secure their party nominations in the 74th District

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A pastor may be one step closer in seeking election as the state representative for Pennsylvania’s 74th Legislative District.

New Life in Christ Fellowship Pastor Dan K. Williams secured the Democratic nomination on Tuesday night for the 74th District over his two opponents, Villanova University professor Frank Pryor and Downingtown Mayor Josh Maxwell.

Williams received 1,781 votes, Maxwell received 1,506 votes and Pryor received 773 votes. Williams had 43 percent of the votes while Maxwell had 37 percent of the votes. There were 38 write-in votes. All results are unofficial until certified by the Chester County Board of Elections.

Coatesville resident Amber Little-Turner, secured the Republican nomination unopposed. She received 2,023 votes and there were 58 write-in votes.


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Williams, of Parkesburg, has served as the senior pastor at New Life Christ Fellowship in Coatesville for 28 years and is known as “Pastor Dan.” As a lifelong Democrat, he said he embraces core Democratic values like women’s reproductive rights and equality for all, including the LBGTQ community.

Williams said his focus will not be just on policy issues but on moral issues, such as jobs that can sustain families as well as individuals, a fair livable wage, progress with people in mind so no one is left behind. He also wants to focus on education, economics and the elderly. He supports Gov. Tom Wolf’s agenda of creating jobs that pay sustainable salaries, schools that provide an equitable education and government that works.

Incumbent state Rep. Harry Lewis Jr., who has held the seat for two-terms since 2014, announced his retirement earlier this year and he did not seek re-election. Williams will face Little-Turner in the General Election in November.

Little-Turner has hopes to use her experience working for Lewis and succeed him. Little-Turner has worked in Lewis’ legislative office since his first election in 2014. Prior to working in Lewis’ district office, Little-Turner began her own business as an independent contractor helping local residents gain access to legal services and navigate the legal system. She has been running her business since 2010 and continues to do that work. Her career in public service began when she worked for former Magisterial District Judge Gwenn Knapp in her West Chester office. This is where she developed her passion for helping others.

Little-Turner said she plans to focus on education for all children, redevelopment of the area and fighting the opioid crisis if elected to Harrisburg in November. She said she also wants to work to combat the divisive partisanship that is currently affecting all levels of the political process.

Maxwell has been a member of the Chester County Coalition to End Gender-Based Violence and the Men Can End Domestic Violence Campaign. As mayor of Downingtown for nine years, he has mandated that all borough police officers be trained on the resources available to survivors of domestic violence. Maxwell describes himself as an outspoken ally for women and survivors of gender-based violence, starting a coalition to end sexual and domestic violence in our communities.

Pryor, of East Fallowfield, has been a faculty member in the Political Science Department at Villanova University since 1997. Pryor was appointed in 2014 to serve on Wolf’s Transition Team to provide policy guidance as part of his Higher Education Advisory Group.

The 74th Legislative District is located in Chester County, including Downingtown, East Caln, Caln, Valley Township, East Fallowfield, Sadsbury, Parkesburg, Modena, South Coatesville and Coatesville.



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