[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.