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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

Chrissy Houlahan to US House PA-6 voters

email, 5/15/18

We have made it through the first test — this evening we officially won the primary! Now, it is onto the general election, and we’ll need more of the same power and passion that we applied to the first challenge.

I just looked back and reflected through many of the pictures, emails and articles that I have saved, starting as early as January of 2017. Some pretty remarkable memories…

Running two Pennsylvania legs of the Planned Parenthood relay race from Harlem to DC. Marching with my daughters and husband and a bus full of my neighbors in DC in the Women’s March.

Meeting the Chester County Democratic Committee when this was first an impossible glimmer of an idea. Attending Philly-wide candidate training with Ready to Run with my mom. Seeking the counsel of my closest friends. Talking to my kids and husband about the inevitable difficulty of this process and making sure we were all onboard.

Did I dare to do this?

Yes.

Okay, now what?

I announced my intentions to run for office — for Congress. Then, we built this team from the ground up — a team that is now poised to take us to that next level.

We enlisted the aid of so many of you. You, who have shared your ideas, dreams, time and treasure. So many of you who believed in me, in this race, and in us.

We received endorsements from so many organizations that fight for our shared values — too many to list.

Our race was featured in national press and local press. From Pod Save America, to Time Magazine, to The Economist, and more. From The Philadelphia Inquirer, to the Daily Local News, to the Reading Eagle, and more.

We watched the race itself evolve and morph from week to week over more than a year until we were, remarkably, running in a redrawn district and the incumbent Congressman dropped out.

Gratitude.

It has been an astonishing journey. When I entered into the arena I had no real idea what I would confront, but you have been by my side through it all.

Thank you. We have got this. But there is still work to be done.

Onward,

Chrissy

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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

Graham and Friel Otten face off in Democratic primary for 155th Legislative District

By Bill Rettew, Daily Local News, 5/11/18

Two Democrats are running on the Democratic Primary ballot for Pennsylvania’s 155th Legislative District in a bid to unseat incumbent Republican Rep. Becky Corbin.

Ron Graham will face off against Danielle Friel Otten. Corbin is running unopposed for the Republican nod….

keep reading at Daily Local News. See more about these and all Dem candidates here; Danielle Friel Otten is endorsed by CCDC.