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Governor Tom Wolf asks Chester County Democrats to “Take back our state”

[Below is the CCDC press release; see also Michael P. Rellahan, “Gov. Wolf addresses packed Chesco Dems fundraiser,” Daily Local News, 4/3/17]

Coatesville, PA / April 2, 2017

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf addressed a packed Coatesville Country Club Sunday night, asking the 325 Chester County Democrats in attendance to do more than just resist the current Republican attacks on human rights related to healthcare, the environment, workers and unions, and immigration.

The Governor provided clear insight into “The Path Forward”, the theme of the event:

Photos courtesy Jim Salvas

“…we have to show the world that there actually is a better way, a relevance to what we do, the values that we hold dear. We need to talk about and deliver on that promise to Pennsylvania and America. The state budget has to ask more of our government rather than asking more of our fellow citizens.”

Governor Wolf asked for support for every Democrat running for local, county and statewide judicial offices this year. He singled out former Pittsburgh Steeler Dwayne Woodruff, who would be the first African-American Supreme Court Justice in the history of the state.

Governor Wolf also asked for the crowd’s support for his own upcoming 2018 re-election race as well as Senator Bob Casey, to loud applause.

Governor Wolf concluded by calling on all Democrats to “stand together to defend the America, the Pennsylvania, and the Chester County we know and love”, and “…to protect the values and priorities that have made our commonwealth truly great.”

Before welcoming Governor Wolf for his keynote address, Chester County Democratic Committee Chairman Brian J. McGinnis spoke on the 2017 races and the excitement generated this year. The audience also heard from judicial candidates for Commonwealth and Superior Court and ended with introductions and brief speeches by the four women Democrats running for Chester County row offices: Margaret Reif for Controller, Patricia Maisano for Treasurer, Dr. Christina VandePol for Coroner, and Maria Crossan for Clerk of Courts.

Join the Chester County Democrats and Governor Tom Wolf on April 2 for our Spring Fundraiser at beautiful Coatesville Country Club

DEMOCRACY: THE PATH FORWARD, with Guest of Honor: Governor Tom Wolf

Download pdf invitation here: CCDC Spring Fundraiser Invitation 2017

Sunday, April 2, 2017, 6-8 pm
Coatesville Country Club
143 Reservoir Rd, Coatesville, Pennsylvania 19320

Register for this exciting event as we take “The Path Forward”; Tickets, $75

You may also mail a check to CCDC, 37 S. High Street, West Chester, PA 19382, with memo ‘Spring Fundraiser’.

6pm Doors open, Cash bar and hors d’oeuvres
Attend earlier VIP Cocktail Hour 5-6 pm by joining Chairs Club or True Blue Society.  For information or to join, call the office at 610-692-5811 or email:

Congratulations to Carolyn Comitta for winning 156th PA House!

It’s official.  Carolyn Comitta can now call herself State Representative Comitta after a hearing Friday afternoon determined she would represent the 156th legislative district in Harrisburg.

Comitta, a Democrat and the mayor of West Chester, had challenged Dan Truitt, R-156, of East Goshen, for his spot on the state legislature.  She had this to say after the final court hearing on a recount was completed and she was declared the winner: “I am honored to serve as representative for the citizens of district 156 and look forward to working together to make our wonderful community even better for all.”

Don’t let anyone EVER tell you that your vote doesn’t mean anything.  This election was decided by 25 votes out of over 36,000.

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