After no Democratic candidate made it onto the ballot in time for the primary, a write-in bid for the party’s nomination has emerged in the 167th state House district.
No Democrat filed the required amount of signatures to appear on the ballot for the April 24 primary, but the Chester County Democratic Committee had been working to find a write-in candidate since then, and they have now found their man. Rob Broderick, a communications specialist with the Pennsylvania State Education Association, will seek the nomination.
Broderick, whose name now appears on the county committee’s list of Democratic candidates for 2012, will have to garner at least 300 valid write-in votes in order to secure the nomination of his party. The seat has been held by Duane Milne, a political science professor at West Chester University, since 2007. Milne will face a primary challenge this month from fellow Republican Joe Corrigan of East Whiteland Township.
Broderick has been known to appear in the editorial section of the Daily Local News, and as recently as March he wrote a letter decrying the state’s new voter ID law. Broderick works for PSEA, the state’s teachers’ union, as spokesman for the association’s southern and mideastern areas.
The 167th district covers the Borough of Malvern, as well as the townships of East Pikeland, Charlestown, West Whiteland, East Whiteland, Willistown, and Easttown. The district has never been represented by a Democrat.