Friel announces run for 26th District state house seat

Paul Friel Owen J. Robert School Board member Paul Friel announced his candidacy for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, legislative district 26, this week. As a community leader, executive manager, and local business owner — Friel’s vision for the district reflects the values he will bring to Harrisburg. “My vision for our community is not about the politics of Harrisburg —...

Williams announces $2.2M rail freight improvement project for Chester County

State Rep. Dan Williams COATESVILLE – State Rep. Dan Williams, D-Chester, announced a $2.2 million investment in rail freight infrastructure to improve sections of railway in Chester County. The funding, approved Thursday, is part of a statewide effort to enhance freight mobility while creating or sustaining more than 390 jobs across Pennsylvania, according to an announcement from the Pennsylvania...

Comey’s bombshells, redistricting gutted and the GOP’s internal fighting

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Gosh, another boring two weeks where nothing happened in politics. Well, except for former FBI Director James Comey apparently referring to President Donald Trump as a “Mob Boss,” Speaker of the U.S. House Paul Ryan announcing that he won’t be running for reelection to the House, the head of the Republican Congressional Campaign ripping into a local Republican...

The Times’ Magazine: A sit down with Carolyn Comitta

Editor’s note: this is the first of what we hope will be a regular, magazine style feature on either a subject or personality of interest to Chester County. Like a true magazine feature, it is long-form and written from the author’s perspective. We welcome your comments, suggestions for future such pieces and input. State Rep. Carolyn Comitta (D-156) By Emily Pisano, Special to The...

Letter: The State of the 158th

To The Editor, There has been a lot of misinformation going around about the contested primary election to replace retiring Representative Chris Ross in the 158th District. Endorsed candidate Lenny Rivera withdrew from the race on March 26 due to a dispute over the procedure to collect petition signatures. Lenny was a good candidate but he wanted to avoid the distraction this issue would cause...

Barrar bill would boost paramedicine

Rep. Steve Barrar (R-160), majority chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, this week hosted a public hearing on legislation that would allow people of the Commonwealth to receive health care services in their homes. “In the spirit of providing more beneficial services to Pennsylvania residents while also pursuing a cost savings, Rep. Ryan Bizzarro of Erie...

Bentley launches write-in bid for 158th GOP nomination

Perry Bentley Unionville’s Perry Bentley announced Tuesday that he would mount a write-in campaign for the Republican nomination for State Representative in the 158th District, just a day after Lenny Rivera ended his bid for the seat. In a letter addressed to Chester County Republican Committee members and the voters of the 158th legislative district, Bentley announced his write-in campaign...

Rivera pulls out of 158th District race

Chesco GOP to pick new candidate for April write-in campaign By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times More drama in the ongoing 158th District State House race: after withdrawing his nominating petitions earlier this week after a legal challenge suggested issues with how they were signed and notarized, Lenny Rivera announced Monday that he would end his write-in bid for the seat. State Rep. Chris Ross...

Rivera withdraws from 158th ballot, will run as write-in

Challenges over nominating petitions push GOP candidate off primary ballot By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Lenny Rivera, the Republican candidate for State House in the 158th District with drew his ballot position over challenges to his nominating petitions and will run as a write-in, instead. NEW GARDEN — Lenny Rivera, the Republican candidate for State House in the 158th District, announced...

Rzucidlo announces bid for 158th seat

Susan Rzucidlo Susan Rzucidlo officially announced her 2016 campaign for the 158th District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Thursday. This marks Rzucidlo’s fourth bid for the seat, but the first with the seat open — long-time State Rep. Chris Ross is retiring.