Comitta wins recount, will take 156th seat

State Rep.-Elect Carolyn Comitta WEST CHESTER — Little changed after a formal recount was certified Friday afternoon, leaving Carolyn Comitta as the winner of the extremely close 156th District State Representative race, by a total of 25 votes. Comitta, the Mayor of West Chester, defeated Republican incumbent Dan Truitt by an 18,261 to 18,236 margin after the recount results were certified by...

Comitta looks to be in good shape on 156th recount

Will there be a local price for GOP overreach? By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times So much for putting the feet up and enjoying the holiday season before wading back into this column in 2017 — so consider it a pre-holiday gift (or curse) — as news makes a surprise return needed. While the last provisional ballots have to be counted, it appears that Carolyn Comitta has pulled off a narrow win...

Endorsements: Maxwell, Truitt and Rzucidlo for State House

If you think everything in our commonwealth is fine — you have simple choices in Tuesday’s state legislative elections. Returning your local representative will continue the policy and politics we’ve seen for a number of years now. For the rest of us, who see the state lurching from financial crisis to financial crisis, see alleged “fiscal conservatives” run up the state’s credit card...

Candidate Q&A: Dan Truitt, 156th State House District

Dan Truitt 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....

Things heating up in final days of election season

With 10 to go, intensity picks up; pension efforts fail again By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Well, we’re getting down to the end of it, just 10 more days and Election 2016 will in the history books. And make no mistake, it will be one for the history books. Or maybe, the horror section. And no, don’t ask me to email it to you. From filing what appear to be criminal charges against a state...

Democrats play their Trump card and hard

Ads start to go negative, too, shockingly By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Last week, in this space I noted that Democratic candidates would be looking to staple their Republican opponents to GOP presidential nominee Donald J. Trump. Based on a flurry of TV ads and mailers I’ve seen this week, I had it mostly right, except maybe the implement: Democrats are using a nail gun, and one has to wonder...

The Trumpocalypse hits home

Meanwhile, local candidates gather and talk issues thoughtfully By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Well, that was a week to be proud of in politics, right? As Donald Trump continues to loom over the election of down ballot candidates much as he did over Hillary Clinton during last Sunday night’s town hall forum — frankly, all it needed was slasher movie music to make it perfect — it seems...

Lewis, Truitt unite to help Safe Harbor

Nick Deminski, Rep. Harry Lewis Jr. (R-74), Mary Robins, Eric Ciarrocchi and Rep. Dan Truitt (R-156) gathered after dropping off crates full of drinks to Safe Harbor in West Chester Borough. WEST CHESTER — On Friday morning, Reps. Harry Lewis Jr. (R-74) and Dan Truitt (R-156) participated in a food rescue with Fiorenza’s Food for Friends (F4) for the benefit of local homeless shelters.  “Through...

Truitt bill seeks to keep services running during budget impasse

State Rep. Dan Truitt (R-156) While the budget stalemate between Gov. Tom Wolf and the Republican state legislature continues, one Chester County legislator is working to keep essential services funded while the political battle goes on in Harrisburg. State Rep. Dan Truitt (R-156) recently acted to avoid the interruption of key government services that could occur as a result of Gov. Wolf’s recent...

156th District Q&A: Dan Truitt

This is the third of a series of question and answer interviews focusing on candidates for State Representative. The Times did not edit, alter or in any way change the responses. We do this to give the candidates a chance for an unfiltered opportunity to make their case to our readers. As always, we welcome your input. 1. Why are you running? Dan Truitt I ran in 2010 to bring a different view to...