Andrew to face Barrar in November

If the unofficial vote totals hold, Democrat Anton Andrew will challenge incumbent Republican Steve Barrar for the state’s 160 Legislative District House seat in November.

Barrar ran unopposed in the Republican primary, garnering 3,375 votes in Delaware County and 1,001 in Chester County.

The Democratic Party primary was contested with Andrew endorsed by the Kennett Area Democrats in Chester County, while Cathy Spahr was endorsed by the Delaware County Democratic Committee. Vote totals were in accord with the county endorsements.

The unofficial totals show Andrew with 2,157 votes, split 1,400 from Chester County and 757 from Delaware County. Spahr took a total of 1,875, 1,510 from Delaware County voters and 365 from voters in Chester County.

Andrew is an attorney, a former public defender in Miami, Fla. In Delaware County, he established the Disadvantaged Business Enterprises Supportive Services Center, with the aim of helping women- and minority-owned small businesses compete for large construction and transportation contracts, according to his campaign page.

He is a founding member and trustee of The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County and was behind the effort to get several local municipalities — including Kennett Square and Pocopson Township — to adopt resolutions calling on state and federal officials to adopt stronger gun control measures.

Barrar has served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives since 1997.

Vote totals remain unofficial until verified by the counties.

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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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