160 District Q&A: Stephen Barrar

Editor’s Note: This is one of two question and answer articles with the two major party candidates for State Representative in the 160th District, which includes Kennett, Kennett Square, Pennsbury, Pocopson and Chadds Ford in the The Times’ coverage area. The responses were not edited and the text was approved by the candidates — this is an unfiltered version of their responses to...

160th District Q & A: Whitney Hoffman

Editor’s Note: This is one of two question and answer articles with the two major party candidates for State Representative in the 160th District, which includes Kennett, Kennett Square, Pennsbury, Pocopson and Chadds Ford in the The Times’ coverage area. The responses were not edited and the text was approved by the candidates — this is an unfiltered version of their responses to...

Op/Ed.: Keystones should not be a graduation requirement

The one-size-fits-all approach to education is wrong By Stephen Barrar, State Representative, 160th District State Rep. Stephen Barrar This September will mark the first year the Keystone Exams will be used as the deciding factor for whether or not students will graduate from Pennsylvania’s public high schools. This September will also mark the five-year anniversary of House Resolution 456, the...

Supreme Court upholds redistricting plan

New state house, state Senate districts for many — new district, the 74th in Coatesville area By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times The new State House districts for Chester County, including the new 74th District, centered around Coatesville.The new State House districts for Chester County, including the new 74th District, centered around Coatesville. The Pennsylvania State Supreme Court has upheld...

GOP turns back Democratic tide locally

Republicans hold all nine Chester County state house seats, Romney wins narrow victory By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Among Tuesday’s legislative winners in Chester County, from top left: State Sen. Andrew Dinniman (D-19), State Sen. Dominic Pieleggi (R-9), from middle left: State Rep. Tim Hennessey (R-26), State Rep. John Lawrence (R-13), State Rep. Steve Barrar (R-160), from left left,...

Column: My take on the area legislative races

Is competency more important that ideology? I think so. By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times We had some internal discussions about doing our first endorsements as a publication this year, something I decided was probably not the right thing to do in 2010 or 2011. And while we were split — at the end we still decided that the negatives outweighed the positives. It is a position we will revisit in...