Mary Kot to chair Barrar’s re-election campaign

Chadds
Ford Republican Party leader Mary Kot is the new chairman for the Steve Barrar
re-election campaign. Barrar is the state representative for the 160th

Legislative District in Pennsylvania.

Barrar
is seeking an eighth consecutive term in office. He will be challenged by
Democrat Nick Digregory and, according to Kot, there is also an independent
candidate in the race.

In a
press release, Barrar said he has known Kot for years and was always impressed
by her commitment to everything she does.

Kot has
been the leader of the Chadds Ford Republican Party for eight years and
recently started her own small business, Executive Impressions Image
Consulting. She is also a member of the Chadds Ford Financial Advisory Board
and on the board of directors of the Civic Association of Chadds Ford.

She became
involved with Barrar’s campaign because of his history of support.

“I
asked Steve how I could help. He’s always been supportive of me and everyone in
Chadds Ford. We always enjoy seeing him here and he said he was looking for a
campaign chairman. … He wanted someone who would work with committee people and
municipal leaders,” she said. “I told him I’d be flattered to be his campaign
chairman.”

She
explained that she would be coordinating events and trying to get committee
people and municipal leaders more involved than they had been in past
campaigns.

Getting
those others more involved may be more important this year since it’s the first
time Barrar has faced two opponents. In his previous campaigns, Barrar has
beaten Democratic Party challengers easily and at other times has had no
opposition at all. Kot acknowledged the anti incumbent atmosphere that seems to
be pervasive across the country, but said that might not be a problem for
Barrar.

“I
think it might have a small effect, but I think that Steve is so popular and so
well known that it really won’t impact him like it might other incumbents
because he’s just so hands on,” Kot said.

She
said that Barrar is always available to his constituents, something that has
given him a “great reputation” so he will avoid being “lumped into that anti
incumbent sentiment.”

She
said his reputation comes from Barrar being “so down to earth, so friendly and
so positive. He’s easy to talk to. He always has interesting conversations and
he goes out of his way to talk to any constituent who has a problem...He faces
everything head-on.”

Kot
said also that Barrar has always been a fiscal conservative, a position that is
needed very much today.

“That’s
what people are really looking for now. They really want government controlled.
They don’t want any more taxes so I think fiscal conservatives are going to be
really popular in the fall, so that should be good for Steve,” she said.

Kot
added that she thinks Barrar is pretty much unbeatable, but that neither she
nor anyone else in the campaign will take anything for granted.

“Steve’s
going to work hard, maybe harder than he’s ever worked before… He’s going to
try to meet as many residents and get his message out to as many people in the
160th District as he can,” she said.

In the
press release announcing Kot’s appointment, Barrar said he would be addressing
economic concerns, taxes and the preservation of the Brandywine Battlefield
Park.

About Rich Schwartzman

Rich Schwartzman has been reporting on events in the greater Chadds Ford area since September 2001 when he became the founding editor of The Chadds Ford Post. In April 2009 he became managing editor of ChaddsFordLive. He is also an award-winning photographer.

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One Response to “Mary Kot to chair Barrar’s re-election campaign”

  1. dorothy86 says:

    I think it is not a good idea to present one political party without presenting the other, unless you want to cut down your readership to one party.
    Can you get the Democrat Nick DiGregorio’s campaign manager to be interviewed for an article in CFL?
    Thanks,
    A Democratic reader, Dorothy Carroll

    (Editor’s Note: If Mr. DiGregorio has named a person from Chadds Ford or Birmingham Township as campaign chair, please have him contact us. We’d we happy to do such a story about a local resident.)

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