Category Archives: Voting & districts

Governor Wolf supports a special session for redistricting

reply to constituents, 7/11/18

Thank you for contacting me regarding a special session for redistricting. I believe that the commonwealth’s greatest resource is its citizens, and you have proven that in your dedication to the issues that matter to you.

Pennsylvania needs a government that restores faith in the fundamental notion that our democracy still works. Even before I had the honor of being elected Governor, I supported removing politics from redistricting, as well as a true independent commission to draw Pennsylvania’s lines. Though bills have advanced in the legislature to address this issue, I urge leaders in the General Assembly to come together to finalize a compromise before the end of the month. If they do, I am ready to call a special session for a vote on a consensus, bipartisan redistricting reform proposal.

Time is of the essence. I have always been committed to fair process and continue to be ready and willing to work with the House and Senate to truly reform our system. To this end, I urge you to contact your representative and senator to tell them to address this issue. The General Assembly must take action so that Pennsylvanians can have a fair system.

I hope that you will continue to be an example of responsibility and engaged citizenry for all. To learn more about how I am making a new way forward for Pennsylvania, please feel free to visit www.governor.pa.gov, follow me on Twitter at @GovernorTomWolf, and visit my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/governorwolf.

Sincerely,

TOM WOLF
Governor

Ask Gov Wolf to call special session to end gerrymandering in PA

Fair Districts PA (you can sign a petition there)

State lawmakers left unfinished business when they recessed for the summer. They didn’t pass (or even hold a vote on) a bill that would end gerrymandering in Pennsylvania by amending our state Constitution to put in place a state legislative and congressional redistricting process that is independent, fair and transparent.

Join Fair Districts PA in asking Governor Wolf to call a special session on redistricting starting July 9.

The special session would allow the bipartisan prime sponsors of Senate Bill 22, House Bill 722 and House Bill 2402 to propose their bills again – bills that garnered more co-sponsors and support than any other legislation introduced this session. The bills would include all the best new safeguards, negotiated provisions and a new nonpartisan failsafe.

This critical reform could pass if legislators come back AND we continue to focus public attention and pressure on the process.

We cannot afford to delay action for another decade. Write and call Governor Wolf today.

To learn more, please read Fair Districts PA’s open letter to Governor Wolf.

Keep The Momentum!

Dear Democrats:

I am very happy with Tuesday’s election results. I challenged the Committee to beat last year’s Primary numbers and we did! We even beat the Republicans in turnout, which shows the momentum we are continuing from last November’s historic election.

I am very proud of the race Kathi Cozzone ran. She received over 142,000 votes in her first statewide race and finished ahead of the incumbent Lt. Governor Mike Stack. I believe that says a lot about her campaign.

We now have a great opportunity to elect Chrissy Houlahan as our next Congresswoman this Fall. She will give Chester County voters the representation that we need in Congress. We are 100% committed to sending her to Washington, DC.

We have a strong and diverse slate of state House candidates led by Representative Carolyn Comitta. This list includes Dan Williams, Pam Hacker, Melissa Schusterman, Danielle Otten, Kristine Howard, Christina Sappey, Sue Walker, and Anton Andrew. We also have two great candidates for State Senate in Katie Muth and Tim Kearney. We need all of these candidates to give Governor Tom Wolf the legislature he needs to advance his agenda of “Jobs that Pay, Schools that Teach, and a Government that Works”.

We will are fully dedicated and determined to re-electing Governor Tom Wolf and Senator Casey. If both of these candidates carry Chester County in the Fall, they will likely win re-election. We are a true battleground and we are going to fight for every vote!

Finally, I want to congratulate Khadijah Al-Amin on winning the at-large position on Coatesville City Council in Tuesday’s Special Election. I would also like to congratulate Donald Folks on winning the Ward 2 seat on City Council.

Thank you for all that you do! All of your hard work has led to our tremendous success!

Sincerely,

Brian J. McGinnis
Chairman, Chester County Democratic Committee

Primary election results

Congratulations to all (unofficial) 2018 primary winners! All candidates deserve credit for running strong races and their dedication to advancing Democratic principles). The winners now become the official CCDC candidates for the general election. Once again, Chesco is a swing county and Pennsylvania a swing state. So there are 6 more months of hard work ahead: please volunteer to help the candidate of your choice and strengthen our party at the same time!

No surprise that Senator Casey, Governor Wolf, and Chrissy Houlahanm (US House PA-06, including all of Chesco), all unopposed, won their races. For Lieutenant Governor, from PA Department of State, statewide results were (rearranged from high to low):

FETTERMAN, JOHN K 37.56% 288,116 Votes
AHMAD, NILOFER NINA 23.75%. 182,174 Votes
COZZONE, KATHLEEN M. 18.53%. 142,152 Votes
STACK, MICHAEL J. 16.58%. 127,207 Votes
SOSA, RAYMOND. 3.57%. 27,418 Votes

Map from New York Times (see there also for full PA results for each state district):


So while our own Commissioner Cozzone ran well, Nina Ahmad of Philadelphia probably cut substantially into her vote, and John Fetterman doubtless benefited from his race for the Dem nomination for US Senate 2 years ago and endorsements from Bernie Sanders and the Philadelphia Inquirer. Kathi won Chester County with 61.75%, tribute to her well-received performance as Commissioner, in which office she naturally continues to serve the people of the County.

From Chesco Voter Services, here is Chesco turnout (votes + %):

REGISTERED VOTERS – TOTAL . . . . . 348,327
REGISTERED VOTERS – DEMOCRATIC . . . 135,801 38.99
REGISTERED VOTERS – REPUBLICAN . . . 151,090 43.38
REGISTERED VOTERS – NONPARTISAN . . . 61,436 17.64
BALLOTS CAST – TOTAL. . . . . . . 58,961
BALLOTS CAST – DEMOCRATIC . . . . . 30,278 51.35
BALLOTS CAST – REPUBLICAN . . . . . 28,403 48.17
BALLOTS CAST – NONPARTISAN. . . . . 364 .62
VOTER TURNOUT – TOTAL . . . . . . 16.93
VOTER TURNOUT – DEMOCRATIC. . . . . 22.30
VOTER TURNOUT – REPUBLICAN. . . . . 18.80
VOTER TURNOUT – NONPARTISAN . . . . .59

It’s good news that the 2017 pattern of higher D than R turnout continues in 2018. Though D’s in the County comprise 4.39% fewer voters than R’s (and of course that gap needs to be further closed), D’s were 3.18% more of the primary voters than R’s.

Other concrete results in Chester County (votes + %; overall winners of their districts are in bold):

SENATOR IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY 26TH DISTRICT
VOTE FOR NOT MORE THAN 1
TIM KEARNEY. . . . . . . . . . 504 28.25 (won the district, which is mostly in Delco, 57% to 43%)
TANNER ROUSE . . . . . . . . . 1,278 71.64 (won in Chester County but not overall)
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 2 .11

SENATOR IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY 44TH DISTRICT
VOTE FOR NOT MORE THAN 1
KATIE MUTH . . . . . . . . . . 6,711 99.67 (won the district, which includes part of Montco)
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 22 .33

REPRESENTATIVE IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY 13TH DISTRICT
VOTE FOR NOT MORE THAN 1
SUE WALKER . . . . . . . . . . 1,794 99.34 (won the district, which includes part of Lancaster County)
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 12 .66

REPRESENTATIVE IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY 26TH DISTRICT
VOTE FOR NOT MORE THAN 1
PAM HACKER . . . . . . . . . . 2,284 99.56
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 10 .44

REPRESENTATIVE IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY 74TH DISTRICT
VOTE FOR NOT MORE THAN 1
DAN K WILLIAMS. . . . . . . . . 1,781 43.45
FRANK PRYOR. . . . . . . . . . 773 18.86
JOSH MAXWELL . . . . . . . . . 1,506 36.74
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 39 .95

REPRESENTATIVE IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY 155TH DISTRICT
VOTE FOR NOT MORE THAN 1
DANIELLE FRIEL OTTEN. . . . . . . 3,301 82.11
RONALD GRAHAM . . . . . . . . . 712 17.71
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 7 .17

REPRESENTATIVE IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY 156TH DISTRICT
VOTE FOR NOT MORE THAN 1
CAROLYN COMITTA . . . . . . . . 4,182 99.71
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 12 .29

REPRESENTATIVE IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY 157TH DISTRICT
VOTE FOR NOT MORE THAN 1
MELISSA SHUSTERMAN . . . . . . . 3,865 99.64 (won the district, which includes part of Montco)
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 14 .36

REPRESENTATIVE IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY 158TH DISTRICT
VOTE FOR NOT MORE THAN 1
CHRISTINA SAPPEY . . . . . . . . 3,230 99.75
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 8 .25

REPRESENTATIVE IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY 160TH DISTRICT
VOTE FOR NOT MORE THAN 1
ANTON ANDREW . . . . . . . . . 1,400 79.23 (and won the district overall, which includes part of Delco, 54% to 47%)
CATHY SPAHR. . . . . . . . . . 365 20.66
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 2 .11

REPRESENTATIVE IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY 167TH DISTRICT
VOTE FOR NOT MORE THAN 1
KRISTINE HOWARD . . . . . . . . 3,114 78.38
JEFF MCFALL. . . . . . . . . . 849 21.37
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 10 .25

DEMOCRATIC STATE COMMITTEE
VOTE FOR NOT MORE THAN 8
BILL SCOTT . . . . . . . . . . 14,727 7.68
ALEX TEPLYAKOV. . . . . . . . . 5,807 3.03
LISA LONGO . . . . . . . . . . 15,157 7.90
CHRIS PIELLI . . . . . . . . . 12,047 6.28
BARBARA E COOPER . . . . . . . . 12,816 6.68
DIANE O’DWYER . . . . . . . . . 10,670 5.56
ELVA BANKINS BAXTER . . . . . . . 12,591 6.57
JOHN HELLMANN III. . . . . . . . 11,542 6.02
DENNIS MCANDREWS . . . . . . . . 7,429 3.87
CHRISTOPHER KOWERDOVICH. . . . . . 8,843 4.61
KEVIN HOUGHTON. . . . . . . . . 10,456 5.45
DAVE MCLIMANS . . . . . . . . . 6,162 3.21
STEPHANNIE MCLIMANS . . . . . . . 8,998 4.69
LANI FRANK . . . . . . . . . . 10,045 5.24
DEBRA A SULENSKI . . . . . . . . 5,274 2.75
MICHELE VAUGHN. . . . . . . . . 13,734 7.16
MARY R LASOTA . . . . . . . . . 13,841 7.22
HANS VAN MOL . . . . . . . . . 11,278 5.88