Category Archives: Voting & districts

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

Unaccountable Government

Fair Districts PA, April 12, 2018. [n.b. One of the would-be unaccountables is Stephen Barrar, R PA-160, to be opposed in this year’s election by Anton Andrew or Cathy Spahr, whichever wins the Dem primary (see here for info on both).]

On April 11, 2018, the House State Government Committee held a voting meeting on HB 722. An amendment was proposed that guts HB 722 and gives even more power to legislators. It passed.

Below are Carol’s transcribed remarks and the related video.

“What we just saw was a blatant demonstration of unaccountable government. The chair of this committee announced at the end of the session yesterday that there would be a voting meeting today at 10:30. He did not announce what that meeting would be about. They did not give any material or agenda to the committee members until they arrived this morning at 10:30. At 10:30, he distributed his amendment of House Bill 722. His amendment would, rather than put in place an independent citizens’ redistricting commission, would instead put the power even more firmly in the hands of the majority in both of the houses.

“So rather than an independent commission, or rather than the five-person commission currently in place, which has two from each party and the fifth chosen by the state Supreme Court, his amendment would allow the majority leaders of both houses to select a person, which would give two from each party, and then both houses would vote for a third person from that house. Which in effect would give the majority party four members of a six-person commission composed entirely of Legislators.

“What we’ve seen is the incredible unaccountable government that results from that kind of gerrymandering, and this was a demonstration. So – at 10:30 this morning, the members of this committee were given a bill which they then voted on and passed by 11:00. They had not read the bill, they had not discussed the bill, they had not invited the prime sponsors of the original bill to explain their bill or to answer questions. There was no debate. There was no transparency. There was just this blatant attempt to bypass the public interest in an independent commission.

“Now, I will say: don’t be disheartened. This is not the end of the story.

keep reading at Fair Districts PA

Gov. Wolf v. Rep. Costello on redistricting

in email from Gov. Wolf, 3/23/18:


As quoted in “PA Gov Blasts ‘Undemocratic’ GOP Impeachment Bid Over Gerrymandering,” TPM, 3/21/18.

Vs. (from “Rep. Costello calls for impeachment of Pa. justices for approving ‘corrupt’ map,” The Mercury, 2/20/18):

“I think that this was a politically corrupt process,” Costello said from his office at the Historic Chester County Courthouse. He called on the state Legislature to begin impeachment proceedings against those on the high court who had voted in favor of the redistricting and redrew the map, “behind closed doors.”

You be the judge which map is “rigged” (the Trumpist term used in another quote from Rep. Costello):

District PA-06 before and after the PA Supreme Court acted:

In the first image, the gerrymandered district 6 (purple), in which Rep. Costello was elected, includes computer-selected patches of 4 counties (Lebanon cCounty is off the map to the left), and Chester County is broken up among 3 districts.

The 2nd image shows the new district, in which Rep. Costello faces not only a R primary opponent but also impressively strong general election opposition from Chrissy Houlahan, now running unopposed in the Dem primary.