Candidates for statewide, countywide, and local elections earn endorsement of Democratic committeepeople

WEST CHESTER – The Chester County Democratic Committee endorsed candidates for statewide judicial races and countywide and local offices at its 2015 Nominating Convention at Fugett Middle School on Thursday night.

Headlining the endorsement meeting was the heated race for State Supreme Court, where three seats are up for election. The Committee endorsed Superior Court Judges David Wecht and Anne Lazarus as well as Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Kevin Dougherty for the three Democratic slots in the race for Supreme Court. Superior Court Judge Christine Donohue came up just short of being endorsed.

Chester County Democrats then endorsed Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Alice Beck Dubow over Robert Colville for the one Superior Court race on the ballot, and they endorsed attorney Todd Eagen by acclamation for the one Commonwealth Court spot.

“I have a feeling that our Committee was highly impressed with all of the judicial candidates that came to speak to us on Thursday night,” said Chairman Brian McGinnis. “The endorsement vote for Supreme Court was very close and all of the candidates are beyond qualified. We look forward to electing Democrats in these judicial races up and down the ticket.”

At the countywide level, incumbent County Commissioner Kathi Cozzone and West Chester Borough Councilman Bill Scott earned the endorsement for County Commissioner. Earning endorsements for the county row offices were Hans von Mol for Recorder of Deeds, Lani Frank for Register of Wills, Tisha Brown for Prothonotary, and Tom Purl for District Attorney.

“We’re proud of the team we’ve put together to run countywide. Each of our candidates has the necessary experience in their respective fields to get the job done,” McGinnis said.

For Chester County Court of Common Pleas, attorney Julia Malloy-Good won the county endorsement over Danette Dean and John Carnes.

“We had three very strong candidates for county judge in John Carnes, Danette Dean, and Julia Malloy-Good,” McGinnis said. “The committeepeople overwhelmingly chose to endorse Julia for a second run, after she came up just short in 2013. While all three would have made great candidates for judge, we will throw our support behind Julia as she looks to become the first Democrat elected to the county bench.”

The Committee then broke into groups to endorse candidates at the local level. The following endorsements and/or recommendations were made:

West Chester Area School District: Susan Tiernan & Kate Shaw (Region 1), Matthew Morley & Samantha Bloom (Region 2), Gary Bevilacqua (Region 3)

Coatesville Area School District: Chris Taylor (Region 2), Greg Wynn (Region 3)

Unionville-Chadds Ford SD: Kathy Do & Greg Lindner

Magisterial District 15-1-03: Gregory Hines (incumbent)

Magisterial District 15-1-05: Jacquelyn Carter

The endorsed candidates will have the full backing of the Chester County Democratic Committee as the primary election on May 19th draws closer.