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Dean Ends LG Bid, Enters Race for PA-4

by Paul Engelkemier, PoliticsPA

State Rep. Madeleine Dean announced today she is ending her primary challenge of Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack to enter the race for the open 4th Congressional district.

“I wanted to use my track record as a state legislator to help Governor Tom Wolf reform Harrisburg. But this once in a lifetime opportunity to serve – this week’s creation of a new congressional district in the county I’ve represented and lived in my entire life demanded consideration,” Dean said. …

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Congressional Districts 7 and 16

Below, for the record, are candidate profiles in Congressional Districts 7 and 16 as of February 20, 2018. Based on what we know at this time, we have moved one candidate formerly running in the 7th to our list for the 6th. The information below will no longer be updated as no part of Chester County remains in the 7th or 16th district.

US HOUSE, DISTRICT 7 (or 5, on the new map; if that holds, this district will no longer include any part of Chester County)

Shelly Chauncey
Shelly grew up on a family farm, watching her parents struggle to make ends meet. She worked 2 jobs to pay for college, graduating from Meredith College with a degree in Political Science, and earned a JD from Drexel University. Shelly served her nation for more than a decade with the Central Intelligence Agency, from secretary to counter-intelligence officer. She served as an undercover officer providing logistical and counter-intelligence support to operatives abroad. Shelly feels a moral obligation to stand up for what is right when her government no longer serves the needs of current and future generations of Americans. As a peer counselor and mental health ambassador in the legal profession, and as the mother of a special-needs child adopted from foster care, she understands the importance of reducing the stigma of mental illness and providing treatment. As a cancer survivor, she appreciates the importance of quality health care for all individuals. She lives in Glen Mills with her husband and three children.


Daylin Leach
A former attorney and professor, Daylin has been a member of the Pennsylvania General Assembly since 2002. In 2008, he was elected Senator of the 17th District. He is currently the Minority Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and a member of the Appropriations, Education, Environmental Resources and Energy, Labor and Industry, and State Government Committees. He is a graduate of Temple University and the University of Houston Law Center. He serves on the boards of the Bryn Mawr Film Institute and the Norristown Farm Park. He is also a member of the Lower Merion Conservancy and the Philadelphia World Affairs Council.


Ashley Lunkenheimer

As an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of PA, Ashley spent nearly a decade protecting communities from violent drug gangs, gun violence and financial fraud through successful prosecutions. Then as Senior Counsel at AmeriHealth Caritas, she helped expand Medicaid by working to implement a new program that increases access to quality preventative health care. She has provided pro bono legal work and volunteered her time at a number of non-profit organizations. Ashley grew up in Delaware County. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Amherst College where she was an All-American rugby player. She also has a Master’s of Social Work from Columbia University and a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Ashley and her wife, Starla, live in Media, where they are raising their three children, ages eight, seven, and six. Ashley spends many evenings and weekends coaching her children’s basketball, soccer and softball teams.

Elizabeth Moro
Elizabeth grew up in Michigan as one of twelve children in a working-class home. She earned degrees from Western Michigan University in political science, women’s studies, and public policy. As a realtor and managing broker, she knows how hard it is for middle-class families to afford a home, college, and all the things her family struggled to provide. Yet now the US government strives to deregulate Wall Street and the banks, threaten retirement savings, destroy healthcare, starve public schools to hand over public money to for-profit charter schools, and dismantle the EPA at the expense of clean air and water, while rolling back your civil liberties.


Dan Muroff
Dan is a graduate of Drexel University and IIT-Chicago Kent College of Law. He worked in environmental policy in Illinois, thenk for several congressmen as a policy adviser and chief of staff to U.S. Reps. Jim McGovern of Massachusetts and Joe Hoeffel of Pennsylvania. More recently he has been an attorney in private practice working mostly for nonprofits and charitable organizations. He’s been a ward leader in Philadelphia and served as president of CeaseFirePA, a statewide gun violence prevention organization, and Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania, an organization promoting sustainable environmental policy.

Molly Sheehan
Molly attended Haverford College and earned her PhD in biochemistry and biophysics at the University of Pennsylvania. She earned the Clarence and Lily Pickett Award for Quaker Leadership for her work with initiatives for women’s cooperatives and soccer programs in Uganda. She is now a medical researcher working to produce new technologies to advance cancer research. As a scientist, Molly plans to bring to Congress a fresh perspective backed with facts and experiences and to use real evidence to solve problems.

Greg Vitali
A lifetime resident of Delaware County and graduate of St. Joseph’s Prep, Greg received his B.S. in Economics (cum laude) from Villanova University and his J.D. from Villanova University School of Law. As a solo practitioner in Havertown for 12 years, he learned how laws affect real people and how to run a small business. In 1992, building on his success as a community activist and knocking on nearly every door, Greg became the first Democrat ever elected to the 166th District. He served for 24 years (four as Democratic Chairman) on the House Environmental Resource and Energy Committee He was the first PA legislator to introduce climate change legislation and the first to introduce the idea of a severance tax on natural gas. He has also been a strong advocate for brick and mortar public schools, women’s rights, criminal justice reform, sensible gun control policies, government reform, and equality for all under the law.

US HOUSE, DISTRICT 16 (or 11, on the new map; if that holds, this district will no longer include any part of Chester County)

Christina Hartman
Originally from Lancaster, Christina attended George Washington University and Fordham University. She then, from South Sudan to Afghanistan, helped organizations strengthen their countries’ democracies through civic education, elections, and youth leadership development. She has also worked with the Joyful Heart Foundation, a national organization pursuing justice for sexual assault and domestic violence survivors, Church World Service, the Non-Profit Resource Network at Millersville University, and the Parish Resource Center. She first ran for this seat in 2016.
on issues see also Lancaster Stands Up

Jessica King
Jessica attended Conestoga Valley School District, Lancaster Mennonite High School and Eastern Mennonite University. She later earned an MBA from Bard College. In 2010, she became Executive Director of ASSETS, a company supporting businesses that want to give back to the common good, including supporting business owners to hire individuals with barriers to employment, pay family-sustaining wages, and increase employee ownership. Jess is a working mom, small business champion, and a leader in local economic development.
on issues see also Lancaster Stands Up

Charles Klein

Richard Griffiths Smith Jr.
Richard graduated from Alma College in Michigan with a BA in History. In the mid-1980s, he was Financial Futures Manager for HSBC, Hong Kong location. He is now lead server at the Great Expectations Cafe at the Women and Babies Hospital in Lancaster. An “independent fiscally conservative Democrat,” Smith believes that “The collective American consciousness needs to regain the kind of excitement and creativity that it experienced under FDR and Jack Kennedy – a sense of reform, a sense of challenge, and a passionate desire for everyone to move forward together.”


Gary Wegman
Gary believes we cannot afford the politics as usual that have led to gridlock and bad ideas in Washington. Mch of our region has been left behind while people, small businesses, and entire communities have fallen through the cracks. The only medical professional in the race, Gary wants to fix our broken health care system and build on the progress made by the Affordable Care Act. Career politicians have broken our system. They can’t fix it if they don’t understand it. As a dentist in Reading, Gary is constantly working out payment plans and discounts for those whose insurance failed to cover necessary care. Too much money goes to insurance and pharmaceutical company profits. Incumbent Lloyd Smucker voted for the TrumpCare plan that would have denied 30 million Americans access to health care over the next 10 years. The only small business owner in the race, Gary has balanced budgets, made payroll, and created jobs at his medical practice and on his farm. On the board of the Reading Redevelopment Authority, Gary worked to successfully redevelop and renovate blighted properties and support renewal in one of America’s most economically depressed cities. Gary understands that none of us succeed unless we all succeed.
on issues see also Lancaster Stands Up

CCDC nominating convention Tue. Feb. 20

The CCDC nominating convention is set for Tuesday February 20th at Stetson Middle School at 1060 Wilmington Pike, West Chester 19382.

Doors open at 5:30 pm for check-in, petition signing, etc. Allow at least 15 minutes, preferably 30, for checking in! The convention proper starts at 6:30 pm.

During this event, the County Committee will endorse candidates for these offices that will be on the ballot year:

US Senator
US House of Representatives (now 1 seat in Chester County)
PA Governor
PA Lt. Governor
PA Senate (SD 26, 44)
PA House (9 House districts)

See info on known Dem candidates here.

Candidates and their representatives will be present asking for signatures on their petitions and addressing the convention.

All Democratic committeepersons or their proxies are expected to attend.

State Dem Committee (8) and committeeperson seats (2 per precinct) will also be on the ballot but the convention does not endorse for them.

Stetson Middle School is about 0.5 miles south of where the Rt 202 bypass starts south of West Chester. It is about 2.5 miles south of West Chester, on the west side of route 202. a mile north of route 926. From the south you need to be in the right lane of 202 and take the Skiles Blvd exit to the right, then cross 202 to go west to the school parking lot. Entrance to parking is to the right.

Local attorney challenging Barrar for 160th state House seat

by Fran Maye, Daily Local News, 2/7/18

KENNETT TOWNSHIP >> Anton Andrew, a Kennett Township attorney, on Wednesday announced his intention to seek election to the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives in the 160th district. Andrew, a Democrat, seeks to unseat Republican incumbent Stephen Barrar, who has held the seat for the past 21 years.

Andrew said his decision to run was largely spurred by gerrymandering, the manipulation of boundaries of an electoral constituency to benefit a political party.

“When I fully understood the gerrymandering issue, that’s when I decided I could not sit on the fence any longer,” Andrew said. “I have spent my whole life trying to give people a voice, and I just got upset by the way (Barrar) and the (Republican) party in general have systematically disenfranchised me, whether by gerrymandering or anything else.”

Andrew said education funding and infrastructure are his top priorities….

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