Candidates Campaign Committee (C3)

by Russ Phifer, committee chair

The Candidates Campaign Committee has three basic objectives:

- Identify candidates for municipal, county-wide and State House District offices
- Provide them with the resources they need for effective campaigns
- Help them win on election day

This committee is open to all Chester County Democrats interested in seeing us win elective offices. We have identified these basic skills which are generally necessary for successful campaigns. If you have skills or interests in any of these areas, our candidates need you:

- Web design/ Social/print media outreach
- VoteBuilder / voter lists
- Event planning/coordination
- Campaign finance
- Campaign management & scheduling
- Speech writing
- Literature preparation & printing

There are over 400 competitive elected positions in Chester County! These include PA House & Senate positions, township supervisors, Judges of the Court of Common Pleas, County-wide offices (Commissioners & row offices), Mayors, borough/city council positions, District Justices, and School Board members. While we cannot hope to help candidates for all of these offices, many are highly competitive based on voter registration. By building our base of experienced office-holders and letting the voters see what we can do, the future of the Democratic Party in Chester County will be bright.

If you know anyone interested in helping, please contact Russ Phifer (, Nathaniel Smith ( or Bill Schoell ( The committee meets the fourth Wednesday of each month at 6:30PM in West Chester Borough Hall, in advance of the CCDC EC meeting.

Democrat Trivedi picks up endorsement from retired group

by Jim Callahan, Daily Local News, 7/30/14

WEST GOSHEN – Members of the Allliance for Retired Americans said “happy birthday” to the 49th anniversary of the passage of Medicare with a little lunch – and an endorsement of Democrat Manan Trivedi for Congress.

Meeting at the West Chester Diner for lunch – and a birthday cake – the advocacy group said Trivedi, a medical doctor, would make a better congressman that Republican Ryan Costello.

“We don’t want to guess if we can afford health care,” said Earl Helfand, a volunteer coordinator for the organization. “The public needs protection and he won’t do that.”

Members of the group denounced Republican proposals in Congress to change to a voucher program, the so-called Ryan plan for U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the budget chairman and 2012 Republican candidate for vice president….

keep reading at Daily Local News

An irresponsible budget

Kathi Cozzone is a Chester County Commissioner and candidate for the State Senate in the 44th District.

By Kathi Cozzone, Unionville Times, 7/24/14

I worked in the private sector at large and small companies, in various financial management roles, for about two decades before becoming a Chester County Commissioner. During the Corbett administration, I have watched from afar as legislators and the Governor concocted one bad budget after another. Previous budgets funded education irresponsibly, forcing school districts to squeeze taxpayers to make up the difference.

Previous budgets have underfunded the state’s pension funds, a problem that goes back at least a decade, which has forced the state into a pension crisis of their own making. As a result, the amount of real dollars allocated to schools for use in the classroom is still below what it was in the 2008-2009 budget, a problem that looks even worse if numbers are adjusted for inflation….

keep reading at Unionville Times

Statement by Retiree Leader Richard Fiesta on the 2014 Social Security and Medicare Trustees Reports

Alliance for Retired Americans, 20July 28, 2014

The following statement was issued by Richard Fiesta, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans, in response to Trustees reports issued today on the Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds:

“The most important lesson from the 2014 Social Security Trustees Report is that Social Security has a large and growing surplus. Continue reading


RELEASE DATE: July 30, 2014
CONTACT: Daren Berringer
PHONE: 717-910-0033


WEST CHESTER, Pa – Marking the anniversary of the signing of Medicare into law, Dr. Manan Trivedi was joined by members of the Alliance for Retired Americans to commit his support for ensuring that the insurance program will continue to provide benefits for life-saving care and prevention. As a physician Trivedi cares for many patients who rely upon Medicare and understands firsthand the value in the overall health and well-being that the program offers. Continue reading

Chesco Dems meet for Tom Wolf, and he stops to thank them

by Jim Callahan, Daily Local News, 7/26/14

WEST WHITELAND — The beach and ballgames are typical summertime activities for most people, but a bunch of Chester County Democrats had politics on their minds Friday night.

About 200 turned out at the township building for a seminar organized by the party to get tips on campaigning for Tom Wolf, their candidate for governor.

Wolf, and Mike Stack, the party candidate for lieutenant governor, also stopped by at the event organized by state Sen. Andy Dinniman, D-19th of West Whiteland, and party Chairman Brian McGinnis….

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Toomey’s travels

excerpt from Hope Yen, AP, “Pennsylvania lawmakers take more free, legal trips,”, 7/20/14

…In the Senate, where ethics rules are generally the same, Sen. Pat Toomey’s office had taken 14 trips in 2013 and 2014 worth roughly $12,000 while Bob Casey’s office had taken two. Two of the trips were taken by Toomey himself – one to the Club for Growth conference in Palm Beach in 2013 at a cost of $1,819, and the other a trip that he and wife took to Sea Island, Georgia, this year paid for by the American Enterprise Institute, valued at $1,327. Both of Casey’s trips were taken by his staff to Philadelphia and Warrenton, Virginia, at a cost of $1,100.

Women and Politics

by Whitney Hoiffman, Dem candidate PA House 160, July 24, 2014

Today, I had the great pleasure of getting to meet and speak with Governor Maggie Hassan from New Hampshire. She told us about how she got into politics at the local level, and how it has propelled her to be the only female sitting Democratic Governor in the country. Gov. Hassan started to get involved because her son has special needs, which reminded me very much of my story and the story of Susan Rzucidlo, my friend and mentor, who is also running for the PA State House, in the neighboring 158th District. It also reminded me of the time I got to meet Sally Smith and interview her for the LD Podcast, about how she came to start The Lab School in DC and helped transform education of children with learning disabilities along the way, while advocating for her own son.

All of these women are forces of nature, and all of our stories have the same theme. We have children who have had special needs, and we have had to become advocates for them. We’ve navigated complicated medical and education systems, and we’ve looked under every rock and unlocked every door possible to help our kids. We also know how hard this process can be. We know bureaucracies can be soul-crushing, and time always seems short, but our kids can’t wait for someone to finish up the paperwork somewhere- we need help now….

keep reading at Whitney Hoiffman