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As Republicans wring their hands, Chester County Democrats ring in spring season with successful fundraiser

 The Chester County Democratic Committee Kicked off its ‘Liftoff to Victory’ with endorsed Congressional Candidate Chrissy Houlahan at the American Helicopter Museum

West Chester, PA (March 20, 18) – Will local Republicans continue to back Trump, or move to save their own political careers? There was no ambiguity on the Democrats side as the Chester County Democratic Committee celebrated the end of its successful petition filing Sunday night at the American Helicopter Museum.

Candidate Chrissy Houlahan from the US 6th (Chester County and parts of Berks County in the new redistricting map) meets with attendees at the CCDC Spring Fundraiser

Titled Liftoff To Victory, US Congressional candidate Chrissy Houlahan and a dozen PA Legislature candidates mingled with more than 250 guests. Highly supportive sponsors toured the museum and noted the enthusiasm among the crowd as talk of midterms permeated every conversation. News of Vice President Joe Biden’s endorsement of Houlahan was contrasted with the media stories of Ryan Costello’s possible retirement.


“We have a 17,000 voter disadvantage in Chester County,” noted Brian McGinnis, Chair of Chester County Democrats, to the museum crowd. “Yet we elected nearly 200 Dems across the county in November 2017. Let’s give PA Senator Dinniman more Democratic Senators in 2018 to help him get key legislation passed.”

McGinnis went on to note the historic accomplishments of his party in just the last year from purchasing a headquarters in West Chester to four row office wins plus record fundraising.

A Philly food-themed feast and Durning String Band ensured everyone was fed and entertained.

Spring Fundraiser Chairs Diane Van Mol of Paoli and Charlotte Valyo of Schuylkill Township created a Philly themed night with regional foods and festive sounds from the Durning String Band. The turnout at the museum was more than double the original goal. Money raised from ticket sales, silent auction baskets and sponsorships will be poured into Primary campaigns at all levels.


Local residents eager to canvass, phone bank or “get out the vote” for their favorite candidate can contact the Chester County Democratic Office at 610-692-5811. Primary Day is Tuesday, May 15 and Election Day is Tuesday, November 6. For details on all candidates, visit

“I tip my hat to my GOP neighbors,” McGinnis mused. “Thanks to their state and national party platform on everything from fair districts to gun control, Chester County Democrats have never been stronger in membership, in donations and in enthusiasm county-wide!”



Join us at American Helicopter Museum in West Chester for 2018 Spring Fundraiser – Sunday March 18 (Save the Date)

Join us Sunday March 18 at the amazing American Helicopter Museum in West Chester for our annual Spring Fundraiser! This promises to be a ‘lifting experience’ for all, as we launch the 2018 political season. We have new district maps, new candidates, and new opportunities (but same old tired and poor performing, self-serving Republican slate to defeat) – help us raise the funds necessary for victory in November!
VIP Cocktail Hour 5 pm to 6 pm includes an Open Bar and an opportunity to mingle with candidates, elected officials and sponsors. (Extra fee required.)
At 6 pm we will lift off with food stations, cash bar and full access to the museum’s exhibits
Our 2018 candidates for US Congress and the PA Legislature will be positioned throughout the museum.
Register now for what promises to be a fun evening!

CCDC’s True Blue Society to Hear from Healthcare Industry Expert on June 14th (Public Welcome)

                   Kim Slocum

Our True Blue Speaker Series is pleased to announce that Kim Slocum, a nationally recognized healthcare policy and strategy consultant, will speak to us about Health Care Reform – “Mission Impossible or Merely Paused”. RSVP for this informative event to be held June 14th, 6:30-8:30 pm at Barnaby’s, 15 S High St, in West Chester. Please join us to hear from an expert in the field, and learn how to plot our path forward.

True Blue Society is a fundraising vehicle for Chester County Democrats. Join for only $20 a month, knowing that your contribution will be used to promote Freedom, Fairness & Opportunity in Chester County!