By Chris Barber, Daily Local News, 1/9/18
NEW GARDEN >> Former Kennett High School teacher and coach Rick Nelms is throwing his hat in the ring for the 2018 Democratic primary election. He is seeking the state House of Representatives seat for the 158th District, which is now occupied by Republican Eric Roe, who has said publicly that he intends to run as well.
The 158th District covers the municipalities of Avondale, East Bradford, East Marlborough, London Britain, New Garden, Newlin, West Bradford, West Marlborough and sections of West Goshen.
“Given the national (political) climate, I felt there was something I needed to do. A thin veneer has been pulled back on civilization,” said Nelms, 65, a Democrat.
He said he has received encouragement to run not only from Democrats, but from moderate Republicans as well.
“A Republican supervisor called and said I would get things done in Harrisburg, and they wouldn’t walk all over me. … The moderate Republicans are not happy,” he said.
In the past few months, he has already made preparations for the coming primary on May 15….
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