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CONTACT: Brian J. McGinnis, Chair, Chester County Democratic Committee

West Chester, PA (August 15, 17) – “It is time for the Republican Party in Pennsylvania to admit it has a problem with racism and take steps to address it forcefully,” stated Brian J. McGinnis, Chair of Chester County Democratic Committee. “Yesterday’s Philadelphia Inquirer article pointed out accurately that campaign flyers for the District Attorney’s race in Philadelphia had attacked only minority — African American and Latina — politicians for corruption. The flyer — distributed in predominantly white South Philadelphia — clearly seeks to make race an issue in the DA campaign.”

“Now PA State (and Chester County) GOP Chair Val DiGiorgio is fundraising off of this article, blasting the media for writing about it.”

“Republicans’ fearmongering and the targeting of people of color as a political wedge is a tactic we condemn,” added McGinnis, “especially in light of Trump comments on the Charlottesville, VA tragedy. How quickly the state Republicans have forgotten about their own political corruption — John Perzel, Ernie Preate, Bob Asher or Frank Serafini to name-drop a few, as well as overwhelming amounts of outside money buying influence in the current state legislature.”

“Our campaigns and our elections have got to be free and fair and represent American values. We will speak out when we see our citizens being intimidated, manipulated and humiliated for political gain. And we will be vigilant that this type of race-based campaigning does not occur in Chester County.”


The Chester County Democratic Party believes in Freedom, Fairness, and Opportunity for all Americans, regardless of what they believe, who they are, and where they came from. Find them online at

Full County Committee meeting Wed. Aug. 23

SPECIAL MEETING of full CCDC Committee to select a new Dem candidate for Clerk of Courts.

Download info about the one candidate to date here: YolandaVandeKrol.

If you cannot attend, please send a proxy as we must have a quorum. Download proxy form for this meeting here: Proxy

Arrive any time after 6:30 to sign in for prompt beginning at 7:30, after the 6:30 Zone Leaders meeting. Meeting will end by 8:00 and exec committee will hold its normal monthly meeting then.

West Chester Borough Hall, 401 E. Gay St., West Chester PA. Park in back. Please try to carpool; parking is insufficient for this many.

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Chester County Democratic Committee Secretary, David Rhoads; Executive Committee Member, Jim Salvas; Vice Chair, Lani Frank; Chair, Bran J. McGinnis; and Treasurer, Lisa Longo pose for a photo at their new head-quarters. Submitted photo[/caption]


Settlement On  37 S. High Street In Heart Of West Chester Borough Complete

West Chester, PA (August 8, 2017) – After years of renting, Chester County Dems are finally homeowners. And the timing could not be more ideal as Chester County is home to one of the most active and rapidly growing Democratic organizations in Pennsylvania.

Philanthropist and 37 S. High Street owner Vivian Lasko turned over the keys to the historical building, built in 1893, at settlement on July 27. For the last 16 years, Chester County Democratic Committee (CCDC) ran its headquarters out of the building with approximately 800 SF of first floor office space.

Lasko, widow to long-time West Chester businessman Oscar Lasko who died at age 96 earlier this year, recently put the building on the market. Jim Salvas, the Democratic committee person in Lasko’s precinct, was liaison between her and the CCDC. Salvas noted, “this purchase would not have been possible without Vivian’s generosity, allowing us a right of first offer and help with financing.”

“While the party has always maintained a year-round office in West Chester,” continued CCDC Chairman Brian McGinnis, “we have never owned our headquarters. After searching the county for new space, we were pleased to be able to remain in the midst of West Chester’s vibrant downtown and county seat.”

Chesco Dems, riding high on changing demographics and an increase in voter turnout, decided to put down roots this year, in anticipation of the November 2017 local elections and next year’s national and statewide races.

“This purchase is the result of the hard work and dedication of the members of the Chester County Democratic Committee,” added McGinnis. “I am very humbled to be their Chairman during these exciting times in county politics. We are moving forward with a ton of momentum!”

Under McGinnis and the Executive Board of CCDC’s leadership, ballots in county and local elections are brimming with Democratic candidates, many for the very first time.

“Don’t underestimate the importance of local elections such as school board directors (ensuring that our school districts are solvent and promoting public education) and township supervisors (keeping our townships and boroughs safe places to live and raise a family),” wrote McGinnis earlier this month to his membership. “Local elections matter. Our county-wide candidates will restore integrity, trust, and transparency to government, and our judicial candidates will represent the interests of people over the powerful.”

Election Day 2017 is Tuesday, November 7. There is good reason for optimism in the suburbs.

As the Philadelphia Inquirer wrote after May’s primary, “In Chester County, where Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton outperformed Republican Trump in November by more than 25,000 votes despite a GOP registration advantage, 18 percent of Democrats came out to vote on Tuesday, compared with just 10 percent four years ago.”

For information about Chester County Democratic Committee, visit their website at and follow them on Facebook.

Calendar of events

At the top right you can click to choose whether to view the calendar in Month or Week format or as one long list (Agenda). To see details, click on event; to close details, click on the x or (Agenda view) click again on the event. To submit events or changes, email here. Recheck before attending as plans can change. Events organized by the Chester County Democratic Committee (CCDC) and its zones, campaigns and elected officials.