Chrissy Houlahan (PA-06) fundraiser in Malvern on June 5

Dear Friends:

My good friend Bob Roggio and I are chairing a fundraising event in Malvern Tuesday evening June 5th in support of Chrissy Houlahan, our outstanding Democratic nominee for the 6th Congressional District in the critical midterm election this November.

Both Bob and I are former candidates for this 6th CD seat that’s been so frustratingly elusive. I ran in 2002 when the newly created seat emerged from the murky and cynical 2001 redistricting process driven by GOP leadership in Harrisburg. Ten years later, the congressional maps got even worse, leading to this year’s PA Supreme Court ruling ordering fairer maps. My campaign gave Jim Gerlach a run for his money, but the deck had been stacked. Six years later, in 2008, Bob stepped up in a big way and with less financial support and still came equally close to winning. All this is to say that Bob and I share a deep personal investment in seeing Chrissy finally bring this seat into the Democratic fold.

Why her election is so important: Winning back the House of Representatives is the imperative goal of the upcoming Mid-Terms. Democratic control of the House – is arguably the only safeguard the country has to check the unprecedented rise to power of a true demagogue whose recklessness and destructive nature is tearing apart the civic fabric of our nation and undermining years of progress made on many fronts. I suspect I am preaching to the choir but putting party and policy issues aside, electing Chrissy Houlahan simply put is critical to protecting our Democracy. Fortunately, Chrissy is the kind a candidate I’d be excited about supporting under any circumstances.

We couldn’t ask for a stronger candidate. Chrissy is a highly educated (Stanford, MIT), former US Naval Officer, successful business entrepreneur and executive, former teacher and education non-profit director – and the mother of two grown daughters. She and her husband Bart have lived in Devon for over twenty years. While idealistic in her aspirations for our country and ready to fight for policies that will support the working and middle class families that continue to struggle in this economy, she is a pragmatic problem solver who will work well with the other side to find meaningful consensus (if and when Republicans are ready to act in good faith — and some do want to). Having served in the Air Force, she has credibility on military issues and cares deeply about the many veterans from our post 9-11 wars that’ve carried such burdens and suffered lasting injuries in service of our country.

As the former Chief Operating Officer of AND1 (a major sports apparel and footwear company based in Paoli, PA), she knows how to create jobs and understands the needs of the business community. Having risen to leadership positions in the both military and the corporate sector, Chrissy has also overcome real obstacles herself and appreciates the challenges so many women face in the work world. Most recently, she spent two years (after AND1 was sold in 2005) as a chemistry teacher in Philadelphia School District through Teach For America – and then pivoted to run a non-profit focused on improving early childhood literacy in underserved and underprivileged communities. So she understands the importance of investing in our schools and doing so strategically.

Chrissy has been giving back over many years, but had never thought about running for office. That all changed, as it did for many, after November 2016. So she’s a fresh, new face. At a time when voters want authentic new voices that aren’t political insiders, she fits that bill to tee. The point is – she’s not only highly qualified – she’s highly electable if we do our part in supporting her financially and in other ways. I believe that Chrissy can be a change agent in Washington – an advocate for needed political reform (repeal of Citizens United, among other reforms), human and civil rights abroad and at home, social justice for all, and importantly economic fairness and job creation for Americans whether in rural or urban areas who have been left behind.

We hope you can join us on the evening of Tuesday June 5th. If you can, please contact Charles at 215-259-8253 or

If you can’t make it, please consider donating to the campaign. For those with the financial means to do so, please consider giving the maximum possible ($2700 per person). That’s a lot and more than most folks can give. But whatever you can give, whether $1000, $500, $250, $100 or less, please do what you can to support Chrissy. Also feel free to share this invitation with any friends who might want to help.

Thanks so much for indulging this solicitation. Hope to see you Tuesday evening!


Dan Wofford

PS Co-hosts Sarah Peck, Jeannie Roggio, Susanna & Ray Creely, Stephen Cottone, Liz & Dax Roggio, Skip Carroll, Liz Tankel, Dariel & John Jamieson, and Michael Churchill & Tasha Stonorov

Featuring Special Guest Speaker – Admiral Joe Sestak

For more information on Chrissy go here.

Key facts about Chrissy Houlahan:

Daughter of a Holocaust survivor and career naval officer
Earned her engineering degree from Stanford with an ROTC scholarship and received her M.S. in Technology and Policy from MIT
Captain in the USAFR; 3 years Active and 13 years Inactive Reserve
Served as COO of AND1 Basketball, helping transform the company from a startup to a major apparel and footwear brand
Founding COO of B-Lab – a nonprofit that promotes B Corporations and good business practices
Worked as a chemistry teacher in North Philadelphia and was a Teach for America Corps member
Served as President and COO/CFO for Springboard Collaborative, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit focused on improving early childhood literacy in underserved communities country-wide
Mother of Molly and Carly, 24 and 22, and lives with her husband, Bart, in Devon

Thomas Friedman: Vote Dem for US House and Senate!

Thomas L. Friedman likes to stick to issues like trade and human rights, illustrated by anecdotes derived from his world travels and conversations with heads of state. This time, though, the subject is at home and the issue is preserving our democracy from the clutches of Donald Trump. Friedman in effect invites us all to become single-issue voters.

From “Sounding Code Red: Electing the Trump Resistance,” New York Times, 5/29/18:

If I were writing the choice on a ballot, it would read: “Are you in favor of electing a majority of Democrats in the House and/or Senate to put a check on Trump’s power — when his own party demonstrably will not? Or are you in favor of shaking the dice for another two years of unfettered control of the House, the Senate and the White House by a man who wants to ignore Russia’s interference in our election; a man whose first thought every morning is, ‘What’s good for me, and can I get away with it?’; a man who shows no compunction about smearing any person or government institution that stands in his way; and a man who is backed by a party where the only members who’ll call him out are those retiring or dying?”

If your answer is the former, then it can only happen by voting for the Democrat in your local House or Senate race.

Because what we’ve learned since 2016 is that the worst Democrat on the ballot for the House or Senate is preferable to the best Republican, because the best Republicans have consistently refused to take a moral stand against Trump’s undermining of our law enforcement and intelligence agencies, the State Department, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Civil Service, the basic norms of our public life and the integrity of our elections….

U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III speaks to Chesco Young Democrats

By Bill Rettew, Daily Local News, June 1, 2018

WEST CHESTER >> U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III, D-Mass., spoke about treating everyone equally during Wednesday’s keynote speech delivered to 150 Chester County Young Democrats at West Chester University.

Kennedy’s grandfather was Attorney General Robert “Bobby” Kennedy and his grand-uncles include former President John F. Kennedy and longtime Senator Ted Kennedy.

“It is no secret that tonight we gather in difficult times,” Kennedy said during a 25-minute address. “Our country is being put to the test.

“It’s exhausting.”

During the “Vision of the Future” program, Kennedy talked about the current administration.

“This isn’t chaos, this is all calculated – a singular clear, cold vision,” he said.

Kennedy asked the party faithful who speak for tens of millions of Americans to rebuild the country and defend democracy….

keep reading at Daily Local News

CCDC’s Annual Golf Outing: Tue. June 19

Chester County Democrats: Let’s Tee Off – Tuesday, June 19th, for our Annual Golf Outing at Ron Jaworski’s Downingtown County Club- with dinner-only option. “The Chester County Political Networking Event of the Year”!

Located in Central Chester County, the course layout reflects many of the great features of classic Philadelphia golf courses. Downingtown Country Club is a picturesque 18-hole, George Fazio designed golf course graced with subtle greens, dramatically shaped bunkers, and open gently rolling fairways. This course is a straightforward, fair test of golf, sure to please all levels of player. Team Prizes – Hole Contests – Door Prizes.

What: Chester County Democrats Annual Golf Outing 4-Person Scramble
When: Tuesday, June 19th
Where: Downingtown Country Club, 93 Country Club Drive, Downingtown, PA 19335

Golfers Register here. Price includes: Green Fees, Cart, Locker Room, BBQ Lunch, Beer on the Course, Open Bar, Dinner Buffet

Individual Golfers – $180
Foursomes – $700
DINNER ONLY OPTION – $75.00 for committeepersons, $100.00 for public, includes open bar and dinner
For sponsor opportunities, please call the office at 610-692-5811 or email

11:30 am Registration Begins
12:00 pm BBQ Lunch
1:00 pm Shotgun Start
5:30 pm Cocktails / Open Bar
6:30 Gourmet Buffet Dinner