Bret Binder Vies for State House Seat in District 156 (Parts of East Bradford, West Chester Borough, West Goshen, and East Goshen)

Bret Binder is running for the 156 District House Seat in Pennsylvania against freshman incumbent Republican Dan Truitt.

Dear constituents of the 156 District, 

Allow me to introduce myself.  I am Bret Binder, Democratic Party candidate for Pennsylvania state representative in the 156th district (East Goshen Township, West Goshen Township, the Borough of West Chester and  part of East Bradford Township).  I have my home and law office in East Bradford Township.  I am running for public office because, as a lifelong Pennsylvanian, I am passionate about the issues affecting our state and I believe I can do a better job in Harrisburg for the people of Chester County. Our public schools should remain among the best in the country. Our history, open spaces, and quality of life should be preserved. I have the business and legal background, work ethic, problem solving abilities and team building skills to make a difference in our community and in Harrisburg, but I need your help to accomplish these goals.  Any financial support you can give to my campaign would be greatly appreciated.  My team and I have been working very hard, but we still need volunteers in the campaign office at 803 West Market Street, West Chester, PA 19382, and on Election Day we will need help to staff the polling stations, but most importantly, please come out to vote for me, Bret Binder, on Election Day, Tuesday, November 6. Thank you.  I appreciate your attention.

 Bret Binder
Candidate for Pennsylvania State Representative, District 156

 P.S.  I have attached my biography for your information, and for further information, please visit my website at  www.bretbinderforpa.com. You may also telephone my campaign office at 215-620-0248.



             Bret's Biography 



Bret is the founder and managing member of Binder & Canno, LLC, a boutique law firm located in East Bradford Township.  Before founding his law firm, Bret was law clerk to Justice Sandra Schultz Newman of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.  He credits his interest in the law to his father, David F. Binder, Esquire (author of "The Hearsay Handbook" and "Binder on Evidence").




In addition to his law firm, Bret has been part-owner of "Pudding Lane Brookline" a gourmet rice pudding emporium in Haverford Township, and was previously part owner of Strikes Bowling Lounge.  He was the general partner of Seamazing, LLC, a real estate investment firm, and a member of Darby Station Apartment Associates, LLC and Cambridge Princeton Properties, LLC, both real estate investment companies.




Bret is an avid bowler and baseball player.  A star pitcher, he was the ace of two semi-pro baseball teams from 2005 to 2009.  He has played semi-pro ball every season since 1997.  He has bowled in a league with his family every week since he was a teenager.  Bret has tutored many students in SAT's, LSAT's, GRE's and GMAT's.  He has rehabilitated historic homes and revitalized vacant homes and buildings in troubled communities.  Currently, he is restoring his 1710 home located in East Bradford Township, Chester County.




A lifelong Pennsylvanian, Bret graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Economics (with minors in mechanical engineering and mathematics) and went on to Villanova Law School where he became interested in politics. 





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Voter September 20, 2012 at 11:19 AM
I will never vote for Truitt after his horrendous votes on women's health issues, education and environmental issues. If he was a true fiscal conservative he would see that cutting the budget today increases the cost to us all down the line. Bret spoke about that and he made much more fiscal sense than Truitt. Truitt is a right wing conservative and that is unacceptable today. He voted for the budget and tucked in there was salary and benefit increases for the legislature.
RoxyD September 22, 2012 at 12:21 PM
Brett Binder is what we need for public education! Unfortunately, Truitt has not done enough on the education committee as far as advocating for public education. Truitt doesn't even send his kids to public schools. They are in charters. Charter school funding needs to be addressed and he is not motivated to do it. Good luck Brett!
Star Thrower September 22, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Too Funny!! please tell me this Brett Binder is not the husband of Cathy, the "Hate-Card Queen"
Interested Observer September 26, 2012 at 12:48 AM
I like how Binder is desperately asking for money in the newspaper!! Too funny. I have never seen another politician sink to that level.
Electionnut September 26, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Interested observer, it appears you do not have to be intelligent nor observational to be an interested observer in your case. Because if you had intelligence and such skills you would realize how preposterous your comment is. Asking for money for a political campaign in any medium is standard. Apparently you don't understand campaign finance and that money begets money and ultimately wins campaigns. I am sure Mr. Truitt would agree with this statement. In fact he has asked for money in newspapers before ; ). Moreover, in relation to the myriad of political scandals throughout the state in the last decade it is shocking you would ever suggest that this is the lowest you have ever seen a politician stoop. Perhaps mid-night pay raises, stealing from court bankrolls, using political staff for campaign purposes and the many other indictments that have been uncovered over the years with various politicians is standard for your kind and does not begin to approach the level of evil of asking for money on a political campaign in a blog post. Next time when you decided to open your mouth please think before you type.
Electionnut September 26, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Oh and Star Thrower, you and interested observer must have dropped out of the same high school because Mr. Binder is clearly not married and has said so openly in before. Please people check your facts.
Star Thrower September 26, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Well, does he have a boyfriend? not that there is anything wrong with that. and, what does "said so openly in before" mean? The last I read, Bret was doing something with his pudding.
Star Thrower September 30, 2012 at 04:39 PM
No Federal Money No State Money No Problem, Raise Property Taxes What, Bret Worry? http://tinyurl.com/9l4nbo9
Star Thrower September 30, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Cyber Schools are Under Unfair Attack: While cyber schools are similar to school districts in both size and age groups served, they are assessed at a higher standard than school districts because of a flaw in Pennsylvania's education assessment system. To make adequate yearly progress, districts need to meet performance goals for only one age group, whether elementary, middle or high school. In contrast, individual schools including cyber schools must meet AYP standards overall, or they fail. http://tinyurl.com/8odxrgd http://tinyurl.com/9l4nbo9
Star Thrower September 30, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Unions served a purpose at one time, when employees were extremely abused by employers – but those times, at least in the United States and other “modern” nations, are done. Teachers Unions are generally about organized blackmail .. If they were not, then I would be be making a different comment. They’ve generally outlived not only their usefulness, but any real memory of why they existed in the first place, and the best thing we can do to unions like the teachers unions is simply close their doors. The 2011-12 state PSSA results show declines across the board, and fewer districts and schools making Adequate Year Progress.  Here are some key facts concerning this latest development, and what lawmakers can do to help children in the worst-performing schools: http://tinyurl.com/9bez4xd http://tinyurl.com/9l4nbo9
RoxyD September 30, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Don't click on Star Thrower's links! You'll get a virus!
Star Thrower September 30, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Roxy and the other teacher's union shills are the only virus here ... this is exactly the same propaganda that is posted at WC Vote, and all throughout the public school system - I just shortened the links to save space. http://www.commonwealthfoundation.org/research/detail/pennsylvanias-academic-performance-and-implications-for-charter-school-reform.
Star Thrower September 30, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Cyber Schools Under Unfair Attack While cyber schools are similar to school districts in both size and age groups served, they are assessed at a higher standard than school districts because of a flaw in Pennsylvania's education assessment system. To make adequate yearly progress, districts need to meet performance goals for only one age group, whether elementary, middle or high school. In contrast, individual schools including cyber schools must meet AYP standards overall, or they fail. http://www.commonwealthfoundation.org/policyblog/detail/cyber-schools-under-unfair-attack
Bret M. Binder October 02, 2012 at 04:14 AM
Please check out my new introduction video!
Star Thrower October 02, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Binder: Your video was the same old gobbledygook we hear from every candidate who turned out to be feathering their own future - your pandering to the teachers union to get votes is obvious, but private sector homeowners will not be fooled by your veiled threat to vote to raise property taxes if the state has no more money for education (which they obviously do not). The only possible thing that will nullify your WC Vote love affair to me, is an in depth detail of how you will STOP hydraulic fracturing .. not how you intend to tax it at a higher rate for the general fund, and not how you will study the reports (which you already should have done if you care about ever drinking water again) .. but how you will actually STOP THE DRILLING.


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