2018 Candidates

2018 is a critical year! Will Dem momentum from November 2017 continue? You alone, as activists and voters and influencers of friends, neighbors and relatives, can determine the answer (including by helping maintain and enhance our presence on social media). All US House of Representatives seats (3 in Chester County), all PA House seats, and half of PA Senate seats are on the ballot, and Governor Wolf and Senator Casey will be running for reelection. Satisfying though the 2017 election was, the statewide and national impact of our resolve awaits 2018.

The list below shows Dem candidates above the local level who are known to be actively campaigning to appear on the May 16 primary ballot. It is not easy to local bashful candidates! Particularly those who live outside Chester County may elude us. Please send additions and corrections here.


Aryanna Berringer
At the age of 18, Aryanna joined the US Army and was assigned in Jordan to assist Special Forces operations in the run-up to invading Iraq. After being discharged honorably, she worked at Tobyhanna Army Depot in Wilkes-Barre as an electronics technician. She earned a degree in Business Administration, Operations Management, and a Master’s in Project Management. She consulted for the Department of Defense and a number of Fortune 500 companies. While living in Kennett Square, she ran for U.S. House of Representatives against an entrenched incumbent in the 16th district. She then created the non-profit American Nutritional Security to advocate better nutritional standards in schools and military installations. She lives in Murrysville with her family.

Kathi Cozzone
Kathi Cozzone was sworn in as Chester County Commissioner on January 6, 2008 and was re-elected to office on November 8, 2011 and November 3rd, 2015. She has served as Vice Chair of the Board since 2011.  Her most recent role in the private sector was a Corporate Business manager at Rodale Inc. in Emmaus, PA. In 2010, she graduated from the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania’s Academy for Excellence in County Government. In 2017, she was elected First Vice President of CCAP, after having served as Second Vice President the preceding year.

John Fetterman
John grew up in York and attended Albright College, where he played on the football team. In the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program, mentoring a boy whose parents died of AIDS motivated John to join AmeriCorps, serving in Pittsburgh’s historic Hill District. He earned a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, then started a GED program in Braddock PA. In 2005, encouraged by his students, John ran successfully for mayor. As mayor, John has applied a hands-on approach to rebuild his community and attract new residents and jobs. In 2016, he ran for U.S. Senate to champion all struggling towns. An outsider, he earned 20% of the vote in a 4-way primary, emerging as a progressive voice for working people on issues like inequality, racial justice, and ending the failed war on drugs.



Bob Dettore
Bob was the first in his family to graduate from college, with a double-major in civil engineering and construction management from Spring Garden College in Philadelphia. During his 39 year career as a Construction Executive, Bob managed and directed a wide range of public, and private sector projects and programs having an aggregate value of over $4 billion.

Chrissy Houlahan
Chrissy earned her engineering degree from Stanford with an ROTC scholarship and received her M.S. in Technology and Policy from MIT. She served three years active duty as a Captain in the US Air Force, and 13 years in the Reserves. She served as President and COO/CFO for Springboard Collaborative, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit focused on improving early childhood literacy in underserved communities country-wide.


Daylin Leach
A former attorney and professor, Daylin has been a member of the Pennsylvania General Assembly since 2002. In 2008, he was elected Senator of the 17th District. He is currently the Minority Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and a member of the Appropriations, Education, Environmental Resources and Energy, Labor and Industry, and State Government Committees. He is a graduate of Temple University and the University of Houston Law Center. He serves on the boards of the Bryn Mawr Film Institute and the Norristown Farm Park. He is also a member of the Lower Merion Conservancy and the Philadelphia World Affairs Council.

Drew McGinty
Hailing from Jenkintown, Drew McGinty is a lifelong resident of Pennsylvania. He worked his way through college, earning his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from LaSalle University and later a Master’s degree in Information Systems from Drexel University. Drew has worked as an Information Technology (IT) professional for over 30 years managing large, complex, and global projects and applying technology to solve business problems in the health insurance, health and hospital systems, pharmaceutical, and banking and financial industries. In addition to his professional career, he spent much of his free time over the years volunteering for charitable organizations. Drew is not a career politician, but someone who cares deeply about the people in Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional District and is dedicated to bringing positivity and a shared vision to Washington.

Elizabeth Moro
Elizabeth grew up in Michigan as one of twelve children in a working-class home. She earned degrees from Western Michigan University in political science, women’s studies, and public policy. As a realtor and managing broker, she knows how hard it is for middle-class families to afford a home, college, and all the things her family struggled to provide. Yet now the US government strives to deregulate Wall Street and the banks, threaten retirement savings, destroy healthcare, starve public schools to hand over public money to for-profit charter schools, and dismantle the EPA at the expense of clean air and water, while rolling back your civil liberties.

Dan Muroff
Dan is a graduate of Drexel University and IIT-Chicago Kent College of Law. He worked in environmental policy in Illinois, thenk for several congressmen as a policy adviser and chief of staff to U.S. Reps. Jim McGovern of Massachusetts and Joe Hoeffel of Pennsylvania. More recently he has been an attorney in private practice working mostly for nonprofits and charitable organizations. He’s been a ward leader in Philadelphia and served as president of CeaseFirePA, a statewide gun violence prevention organization, and Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania, a organization promoting sustainable environmental policy.

Molly Sheehan
Molly attended Haverford College and earned her PhD in biochemistry and biophysics at the University of Pennsylvania. She earned the Clarence and Lily Pickett Award for Quaker Leadership for her work with initiatives for women’s cooperatives and soccer programs in Uganda. She is now a medical researcher working to produce new technologies to advance cancer research.


John George
John is the former superintendent of the Warwick School District and the former executive director of the Berks County Intermediate Unit. He currently serves as the executive director of the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit.

Christina Hartman
Originally from Lancaster, Christina attended George Washington University and Fordham University. She has worked with the Joyful Heart Foundation, a national organization pursuing justice for sexual assault and domestic violence survivors, Church World Service, the Non-Profit Resource Network at Millersville University, and the Parish Resource Center. She originally ran in 2016.

Jessica King
Jessica attended Conestoga Valley School District, Lancaster Mennonite High School and Eastern Mennonite University. She later earned an MBA from Bard College. In 2010, she became Executive Director of ASSETS, a company supporting businesses that want to give back to the common good, including supporting business owners to hire individuals with barriers to employment, pay family-sustaining wages, and increase employee ownership.

Richard Griffiths Smith Jr.
Richard graduated from Alma College in Michigan with a BA in History. In the mid-1980s, he was Financial Futures Manager for HSBC, Hong Kong location. He is now lead server at the Great Expectations Cafe at the Women and Babies Hospital in Lancaster. An “independent fiscally conservative Democrat,” Smith believes that “The collective American consciousness needs to regain the kind of excitement and creativity that it experienced under FDR and Jack Kennedy – a sense of reform, a sense of challenge, and a passionate desire for everyone to move forward together.”

PA HOUSE, DISTRICT 26 (Easttown and Willistown in Chester County, and the rest in DelCo)

Tanner Rouse
Tanner served in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office as an Assistant District Attorney for 7 years. Growing up in Phoenixville with his 7 siblings, Tanner was taught about the importance of giving back to his community from a young age. Tanner lives in Upper Providence with his wife and one-year-old son, Will. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he volunteered for campaigns in his free time, and a J.D. from Fordham University Law School, where he worked in the Urban Policy Clinic. He is running for office to create a more collaborative, more transparent government that seeks out real solutions for real people.

PA Senate District 44 (Parts of Berks and Montgomery counties plus, in Chester County: Caln, East Brandywine, East Coventry, East Nantmeal, East Pikeland, East Vincent, Elverson, Honey Brook twp and borough, North Coventry, South Coventry, Spring City, Upper Uwchlan, Uwchlan, Wallace, Warwick, West Brandywine, West Caln, West Nantmeal and West Vincent.

Katie Muth
Katie attended Penn State and earned her post-graduate degree in athletic training in Mesa, AZ. She was active as a fellow for the Hillary Clinton campaign, and became Chair of Indivisible Mid Montco. She is also an adjunct professor, teaching in the department of Kinesiology at several universities.

PA HOUSE, DISTRICT 156 (Birmingham, East Goshen, Thornbury, West Goshen North, West Chester, Westtown.

Carolyn Comitta (incumbent)
Two term Mayor of West Chester from 2010 – 2017, Carolyn earned her Master of Science in Education, Widener University. She continues to mentor to students and has organized the attendance of over 2000 local students at the annual Health and Environment Conference at the United Nations. She is Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Thomas Comitta Associates. She served on the West Chester Borough Council from 2006 – 2010.

PA HOUSE, DISTRICT 157 (Phoenixville East, Middle and West, Schuylkill, Tredyffrin, and part of Montco.

Melissa Shusterman
Melissa is a 4th-generation resident of the greater Phoenixville area who founded her own digital video production company.