Pocopson supervisors unhappy with legislative change

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Supervisors cite excellent work of Rep. Barrar over the last decade on behalf of township

By Kelli Siehl, Staff Writer, UnionvilleTimes.com

State Rep. Steve Barrar (R-160)

POCOPSON — Township Supervisors’ Vice Chair Georgia Brutscher announced during last week’s township meeting her regret at the township being “kicked out” of State Representative Stephen Barrar’s district — the 160th District and into the neighboring 158th District, as part of the state’s legislative redistricting plan.

Brutscher asked fellow Supervisors Steve Conary and Lauressa McNemar to join her in an effort to investigate what criteria were used to redraw the boundary lines of elective districts, moving Pocopson Township from Barrar’s 160th district to the 158th District served by Representative Chris Ross.

Brutscher applauded Barrar, citing the high level of support he has given the township with regard to the school house renovation, the Route 926 bridge project and his active participation at the Township’s annual Founders Day celebration.

When contacted, Barrar said he was flattered by the Supervisors’ comments. He said he’s worked “very hard to establish a good relationship” with the township’s government and its residents.

When asked about the possibility of  the township being redrawn into his district again in 2022, Barrar stated, “That’s up to the voters, I love my job and hope to be around in 10 years.” He added that Pocopson is a beautiful area and he has enjoyed meeting and working with the residents in the Township.

The Supervisors agreed that they are hoping for the same level of service from State Rep. Chris Ross, who previously served as legislator for the township between 1997 and 2001 — when the township was in the 158th District.

View information about redistricting, as well as details of the plan and the opportunity for public comment  at http://www.redistricting.state.pa.us/index.cfm.

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