Redistricting makes Dems rivals

A former state representative from London Grove Township will challenge state Sen. Andrew Dinniman, a fellow Democrat, in the 19th district.

Tom Houghton, a lawyer who serves as a London Grove Township supervisor, said in a news release today that he had planned to run against Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R., Delaware County) until the new legislative redistricting maps came out in November. At that time, Houghton said he realized his residence had been shifted into the 19th Senatorial District, which is represented by Dinniman.

Houghton, 43, who was elected state representative in the 13th House District in 2008 and lost his reelection bid in 2010, said he made the decision to challenge Dinniman after analyzing recent votes that he said show Dinniman as out of touch with Chester County voters.
Houghton started in public service when he was elected to London Grove's board of supervisors in 2001. He became supervisors’ chairman in 2004 and was re-elected in November 2007. Houghton also serves on the board of the White Clay Creek Watershed Association.