Petitions filed to run for state General Assembly

election2014Hopefuls for state representatives and senators throughout Chester County submitted their list of petition signatures on Tuesday, setting up the primaries for state offices.

Candidates for state senate needed at least 500 signatures, while House candidates only needed 300.

The following includes races that affect a portion of Chester County:

44th Senatorial District

In the 44th State Senate race, Chester County Commissioner Kathy Cozzone, a Democrat, said that she filed over 800 petition signatures.

“I look forward to a spirited campaign with Senator Rafferty over the next 8 months that focuses on our competing visions for our Commonwealth on issues like education, the economy and the environment; just to name a few,” said Cozzone.

State Sen. John Rafferty, R-44th, is seeking reelection for a third term. Rafferty serves as chairman of the Senate Transportation committee, and was instrumental in the comprehensive transportation plan passed this past year. His campaign did not immediately return requests for comment.

The 44th District includes Caln, East Brandywine, East Coventry, East Nantmeal, East Pikeland, East Vincent, Honey Brook, North Coventry, South Coventry, Upper Uwchlan, Uwchlan, Wallace, Warwick, West Brandywine, West Caln, West Nantmeal, and West Vincent townships as well as Elverson, Honey Brook and Spring City boroughs.

26th Senatorial District

In the 26th Senatorial District, state Sen. Edwin Erickson announced his retirement last summer. Vying for his seat on the Republican side is Thomas McGarrigle, the Delaware County Council chairman. He said he submitted over 2,500 signatures.

“This demonstrates that Delaware and Chester County residents know that I have been a fighter on the issues they care about,” said McGarrigle. “I will expand on that record of accomplishment in the State Senate as a voice for job creation, increasing education opportunities, keeping our communities safe and fiscal responsibility.”

On the Democratic side is John Kane, a Delaware County resident who is a business manager for the Plumbers Union Local 690. Kane said he received more than 1800 signatures. “I am deeply humbled by the endorsement I received by the Chester County and Delaware County Democratic Party. I look forward to working hard and winning this seat,” said Kane.

The 26th District includes Easttown and Willistown townships in Chester County.

13th Legislative District

Incumbent state Rep. John Lawrence, R-13th of Franklin, faces no Republican challengers in the primary, but Democrat Ann Schott is looking to replace him. Lawrence said he received about 600 signatures.

“I‘m humbled and honored with the strong level of support I received while gathering signatures to appear on the ballot,” he said. “I look forward to a strong campaign on the issues important our community.”

Schott also has no opponents in the primary. Schott received 399 signatures, according to reports. Schott’s campaign did not return requests for comment.

The 13th District includes East Nottingham, Elk, Franklin, Highland, London Grove, Londonderry, Lower Oxford, New London, Penn, Upper Oxford, West Fallowfield and West Nottingham townships. It will also include the boroughs of Atglen, Oxford and West Grove.

26th Legislative District

Incumbent state Rep. Tim Hennessey, R-26th of North Coventry, faces no opposition on the Republican side. No Democrat has petitioned for that party nomination.

The 26th District includes the townships of East Coventry, East Nantmeal, East Vincent, Honey Brook, North Coventry, South Coventry, Wallace, Warwick, West Caln, West Nantmeal and West Sadsbury, as well as the boroughs of Elverson and Honey Brook.

74th Legislative District

For the 74th Legislative District, which is new this election year to Chester County, Republican Harry Lewis is unopposed in the Republican Primary. Lewis is the former Brandywine Health Foundation board of directors’ chairman.

Lewis said his campaign collected more than 700 signatures. “I’m looking forward to the next process of knocking on doors and I’m really excited about this new 74th representative district.”

On the Democratic side, two politicians are looking for their shot to serve in the state House. Josh Maxwell, the mayor of Downingtown, will be going against Joshua Young, Caln Commissioner. Young said he submitted 453 signatures.

“I am proud of the hard work that my campaign and volunteers did to collect signatures for us to be on the ballot,” said Young. “This campaign has always been about meeting and talking with the voters personally, to hear their concerns and how I can best represent them in Harrisburg.”

Maxwell recently received the Chester County Democratic Committee endorsement. He said he submitted 457 signatures.

“I am excited that we will be able to take our message for a stronger, better education system, smart economic development and social justice to Election Day on May 20th,” Maxwell said.

The 74th District consists of the city of Coatesville; Caln, East Caln, East Fallowfield, Sadsbury and Valley townships; and the boroughs of Downingtown, Modena, Parkesburg and South Coatesville.

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