Thanks to All Who Voted!

The Nov. 6 election featured a significant change for Chester County. Here is a summary of election results, and possible implications for gun violence prevention activity.

We look forward to working with all of our elected officials to make progress on finding an appropriate balance for the presence of guns in our society and reducing gun violence. 

Thank you to all who ran and to our outgoing elected officials who devoted their time and energy to serving our Commonwealth and its residents.

PA Federal Races

U.S. Senator from PA:  Bob Casey (re-elected).  Senator Casey has been supportive of common ground positions for gun regulation.

U.S. Representative for PA 6th Congressional District:  Chrissy Houlahan. (Incumbent Ryan Costello did not run.)  Ms. Houlahan is supportive of most common ground positions for gun regulation.

PA State Races

Governor:  Tom Wolfe (re-elected).  Governor Wolfe has been supportive of seeking common ground changes to PA gun laws.

Chester County PA Senators 

PA Senator, District 26:  Tim Kearney. Mr. Kearney has expressed strong support for changes to PA gun laws based on common ground issues.

PA Senator, District 44:  Katie Muth.  Ms. Muth has expressed strong support for changes to PA gun laws based on common ground issues.

Chester County PA Representatives  (Find your PA District here.)

District 13:  John Lawrence (re-elected).  Rep. Lawrence has been willing to meet and discuss gun violence issues, but his support for changes to date has been limited.

District 26:  Tim Hennessey (re-elected). Rep. Hennessey has been willing to meet and discuss gun violence issues, but his support for changes to date has been measured.

District 74:  Dan Williams.  Mr. Williams has expressed strong support for changes to PA gun laws based on common ground positions.

District 155:  Danielle Friel-Otten. Ms. Friel-Otten has expressed strong support for changes to PA gun laws based on common ground positions.

District 156:  Carolyn Comitta (re-elected).  Ms. Comitta has shown strong, long-term support for gun regulation reflecting common ground positions.

District 157:  Melissa Shusterman.  Ms. Shusterman has expressed strong support for changes to PA gun laws based on common ground positions.

District 158:  Christina Sappey. Ms. Sappey has expressed strong support for changes to PA gun laws based on common ground positions.

District 160:  Stephen Barrar (re-elected).  In a change from prior positions, Mr. Barrar has recently supported several pieces of legislation reflecting common ground positions.

District 167:  Kristine Howard.  We have not yet had the opportunity to hear from Ms. Howard regarding her positions on how to address gun violence.

Examples of “common ground” issues:

  1. A background check for every gun purchase
  2. Minimum age for gun purchase 21
  3. Ban “bump stocks”
  4. Enact Emergency Risk Protection Order legislation
  5. Don’t arm teachers
  6. Require permit for gun concealed carry

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