Spahr announces run for 160th District

Cathy Spahr addresses supporters during her campaign kickoff last week. UPPER CHICHESTER —  Cathy Spahr, an environmentalist, political activist, and mother to twin sons Charlie and Julien, announced her campaign to unseat Steve Barrar, Pennsylvania State Representative for the 160th Congressional District this past week. Spahr said she is running, “to fight for those without a voice and...

Andrew announces run for 160th State Rep.

Anton Andrew Anton Andrew announced Wednesday that he will seek election to the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives. Andrew will be seeking to unseat Republican incumbent Stephen Barrar representing the 160th district, which covers parts of Chester and Delaware Counties. The district includes Kennett Square, Pennsbury, and Pocopson Townships in Chester County, as well as Chadds Ford, Concord,...

Candidate Q&A: Stephen Barrar, 160th State House District

Stephen Barrar Editor’s Note: Once again, we posed the same nine questions to our legislative candidates and offered to publish them without edits or modification to allow our readers to get an unfiltered view of their positions on some of the top issues of the day in Pennsylvania. We will run the answers of all of the candidates for a given race at the same time — assuming all have responded. 1....

Is Wolf angling to make a deal with GOP legislators?

With his base secured, a deal on liquor privatization, pensions could be in play By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Depending on who is reading the tea leaves, Gov. Tom Wolf is either drawing a line in the sand — and guaranteeing four years of abject gridlock, or he’s securing the base with the idea that he’s going to have to make deals in the coming weeks and months that won’t be popular...

Letter: Times’ endorsement of Barrar is disappointing

To The Editor, Your endorsement of Steve Barrar for the 160th State House is disappointing, and your reasoning, bizarre. Ideology out the window! Really, ideology that translates to legislation…and it doesn’t matter because he can do you some personal favors? Anyone who cares about women’s health, strong public education for all, good transportation infrastructure, and laws that abide the...

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 The new State House districts for Chester County, including the new 74th District, centered around Coatesville. By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times The Pennsylvania State Supreme Court has upheld a new legislative redistricting plan, Wednesday, meaning the proposed district changes — including...