State Sen. Browne concedes primary – Times News Online

Pennsylvania State Senator Patrick Browne has ceded the primary to his challenger, Jarrett Coleman. Just 19 votes separated the two candidates vying to represent the Republican Party for the 16th Senate district.

According to unofficial Lehigh County election results and certified Bucks County results, Coleman led by a total of 17,041 votes while Browne had 17,022 votes. Voter turnout was around 32% in both districts.

“After thorough review and due diligence, we are confident that all votes cast in the Republican primary for the 16th Senatorial Circuit were properly counted. I want to congratulate Jarrett Coleman on his nomination and wish him the best of luck in the general election this fall,” Browne said in a phone interview on Tuesday.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the citizens of the 16th Senate District as their Senator for the past 17 years and the Commonwealth as a Member of the General Assembly for the past 28 years. I look forward to completing my service this year with the delivery of a budget that puts Pennsylvania in its strongest financial position in decades.”

The district includes the townships of Slatington and Washington, Lynn and Heidelberg.

Longtime Senator

Browne was first elected Senator in a special election in 2005 to replace former US Rep. Charlie Dent, who resigned from the state Senate to take his seat in Congress. Had Browne won the primary, he would have been running for his fifth four-year term as a Senator.

He currently chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee for the 2021-22 legislative session. The committee plays a crucial role in the development of the state budget because it reviews laws for their fiscal impact. Browne has been chairman since 2014.

Browne also serves on four Senate committees, including Finance, Vice Chairman, Law and Justice, Local Government, and Old Age and Youth, and various other memberships, including the Public School Employee Pension Scheme and several other education-related organizations.

challenger

Published reports indicate that Coleman received more than $376,885 in campaign contributions and contributions from a political action committee backed by pro-school election advocates.

Funding came from the Citizen Alliance for Pennsylvania Political Action Committee. In return, Citizen Alliance received funds from the Students First political action committee, which is funded by Pennsylvania billionaire Jeffrey Yass.

Yass supporters told Spotlight PA that he is a “single-spending voter” who caters to school vouchers and charter schools.

Coleman is new to the political scene. He was elected to the Parkland School District School Board in November 2021.

A Lehigh Valley native, Coleman left the area to earn and receive his bachelor’s degree in aviation, aerospace science and technology from Florida-based Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 2016.

He stayed at university and earned a Masters in Business Administration in 2019.

Since 2013, he served as a First Officer Pilot at CommutAir in the New York City area and then at Compass Airlines in Los Angeles and Minneapolis-St. Paul areas.

He later became the domicile captain and chief pilot at Compass Airlines, according to LinkedIn.

Coleman returned to the East Coast in 2019 to fly for JetBlue Airways from New York City.

Coleman has been outspoken about critical race theory and was a keynote speaker on the subject at a community forum in October at the Chrin Community Center in Easton.

Coleman made a brief statement on education on his website for the Senate.

“Let’s get back to our core academic principles as we teach the kids to respect one another without racist glasses. Give parents their voice back as you develop the curriculum with full transparency,” he said.

“Give all children a rich, basic education, free from unnecessary sexualization strategies that encourages our children to respect our country and with an emphasis on upholding national standards in basic reading, mathematics, science and history to surpass.”

On the Democratic ticket

Coleman will now face Democratic nominee Mark Pinsley.

Pinsley is the Controller overseeing Lehigh County’s financial affairs.

His views on education are tax-based.

According to his website, he wants an equitable distribution of funds for public schools; Base salary for public school teachers is to be raised from $18,500 to at least $45,000, property taxes are being reformed to ease the burden on the lower classes, and supports ideas of student loan waivers of up to $50,000 per student that are free public college and capping student loan interest.

“Investing in public education means more than just increasing spending — it means investing in our teachers, students and all education professionals,” Pinsley said on his website.

Pinsley is also President of Dermamed Solutions. He received a bachelor’s degree in finance from Northeastern University and a master’s degree in business administration from Indiana University in 2002 and served in the US Army Reserves.

The parliamentary elections will take place on November 8th.

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