Carolyn Comitta to run for Pennsylvania State House in 156th District

Comitta to run for PA House seat

West Chester Mayor Carolyn Comitta announced her candidacy for the Pennsylvania State House 156th. District Wednesday at East Goshen Community Park. PETE BANNAN — DAILY LOCAL NEWS
By Adam Farence, Daily Local News
POSTED: 01/06/16, 7:26 PM EST | UPDATED: 1 DAY AGO 4 COMMENTS

West Chester Mayor Carolyn Comitta gets a hug from family friend, Althea Mae Hutchinson,12 after announcing her candidacy for the Pennsylvania State House 156th. District Wednesday at East Goshen Community Park. PETE BANNAN — DAILY LOCAL NEWS
EAST GOSHEN >> Standing before friends, family, and other political dignitaries in East Goshen Park on a chilly winter afternoon, West Chester Mayor Carolyn Comitta announced her candidacy for a seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

Comitta currently serves as the mayor of West Chester; a position she has held since 2010. She was the borough’s first Democratic mayor since 1992, and the first female mayor.

“Public service in politics is definitely not for everyone, but I love it,” she said before the assembled crowd.

Comitta spoke at length about her work in public service and the failures of state government. She also described herself as the candidate who listens, celebrates diversity, and inclusiveness.

Roughly 25 people observed the event. Before and after the mayor’s speech the Brandywine singers sang to the crowd; light refreshments were served afterwards.

Mayor Comitta cited her experience working in West Chester’s local government and working with West Chester University as reasons why voters of the 156th district should pick her.

“We all know the system in Harrisburg is not working,” Comitta said. “We’re in the seventh month of a budget impasse.”

She is challenging Republican incumbent Dan Truitt for his position on the state representatives. Truitt announced his intent to run for re-election on Tuesday.

Every election since 1969, Republicans have represented the 156th district in the state house of representatives continuously except for a brief period of time from 2007 to 2011, when Democrat Barbara McIlvaine Smith defeated Shannon Royer for the position.

In 2011, Truitt defeated Smith for her reelection bid.

The 156th district includes the West Chester Borough, East Goshen, Westtown, Thornbury and Birmingham Townships. Parts of West Goshen are included in the 156th district as well.

Both Comitta and Truitt said they want to increase funding for education

“I will be knocking on all the doors in the 156 [district],” Comitta said.