SPRINGFIELD >> A victorious newcomer, Alex Charlton, was proudly introduced by political veteran, U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan, R-7 of Chadds Ford, at the Springfield Country Club Tuesday night as the 165th district state House seat will remain in Republican hands for two more years.
The 165th District, which represents Marple, Radnor, Springfield and Morton, had been represented in Harrisburg by Rep. Bill Adolph since 1989. The former Springfield commissioner announced late last year that he would not seek re-election in 2016, opening the door for two new candidates to vie for his place in the legislature.
Charlton, a Springfield resident, and Democrat Elaine Paul Schaeffer, a lawyer by trade and commissioner in Radnor, engaged in a heated battle for the seat that had been in Republican hands for 27 years.
Charlton achieved victory with 19,059 votes to Schaefer’s 14,227, according to unofficial results.
“I want to congratulate Alex on his victory and express that I support him in representing the 165th District,” Schaefer said. “We didn’t win, but we ran a great campaign, and I’m humbled by the support and energy so many people gave us during this race,”
In Springfield, Charlton in particular was thankful of Adolph in his victory speech, who was celebrating with Republican members for a number of victories across Delaware County.
“Our voters came out tonight and they came out strong and they told us that the message we had was what they wanted — they wanted the job security, the wanted the lower taxes, they wanted to keep our community safe and that our first responders had the resources that they need,” Charlton said.
Adolph’s support of Charlton, the former head of the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce and current chief of staff to state Sen. Tom McGarrigle, R-26 of Springfield, has been a vital endorsement to Charlton’s campaign.
“Alex Charlton is the clear choice to fill my seat in the Pennsylvania State House when I retire at the end of this year,” Adolph wrote in an endorsement letter earlier this year. “I know of no one stronger and ready to fight for our Republican values than Alex Charlton.”
Charlton said the leadership that Adolph held in “fiscal responsibility, low taxes and less job-killing regulation” were virtues he aimed to carry forward.
Schaefer was reverent in her concession.
“The many, many people I met in the 165th during this campaign are anxious to see progress in Harrisburg, and I look forward to working with Alex and others to bring that progress,” she said.