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In Memoriam Adam Swope 1979 – 2017

from Chester County Commissioner Kathi Cozzone:

It’s with a profound sadness that I share with you the passing of my very good friend Adam Swope. Words cannot describe the loss to this world of a man so incredibly bright and kind and funny.

Adam and I met in 2005 when he became my campaign manager in my race for County Controller. It was he who orchestrated an unprecedented 48.19% of the vote that year. He was so proud of the race we ran that year that 4819 was a password he used! He managed every race of mine since, including my current LG campaign.

Outside of my husband, Adam knew me best. He knew before I did how I would react or feel about a situation. He knew what I wanted to say and made it sound good. If you ever heard me give a great speech, rest assured Adam had a huge hand in it.

In the last year, Adam worked by my side in the Commissioners office and I do not know how I will be able to go back to the office and walk past his lit-up Steelers helmet and his Villanova “V”.

Adam was an eternal optimist who loved his parents, his Nana, cats, the Steelers, Game of Thrones, his fraternity, musicals, weird strategy games, Super Mario, Sunny in Philadelphia, the Daily Show and politics. Not necessarily in that order.

He worked tirelessly to elect Democrats in Chester County and was beyond thrilled to be a part of the history we made in 2017. He walked around like the cat that ate the canary!

Much more than all of that, Adam was a member of the Cozzone family and our hearts are broken. He loved our son. He loved our cats—probably more than us.

We will miss his laugh and his friendship.

Adam adored his parents and they were so very proud of him. We are keeping Kathy and Bob in our hearts.

Adam made a difference in this world and I am beyond grateful that Adam was a part of our lives.

Kathi & Victor & LV
Executive Board
Chester County Democratic Committee

The time and place for Adam’s service has not yet been established. We will share them with you as soon as we know them.

Photo from Willistown-Malvern Democrats’ Facebook page. See tributes there and at CCDC Facebook page.

See also “Chester County Democrats mourn ‘major player’ killed in fiery 202 crash,” Philadelphia Inquirer, 11/12/17

Say it isn’t so

I am extremely saddened to report that Adam Swope, Zone Leader, Zone 16, died yesterday in a tragic automobile accident. Few details are available at this time but I am sure I speak for us all when I say how shocking and devastating this news is. Adam will be truly missed by us all.

–Dick Bingham, Chair of the CCDC Zone Leader Caucus

From celebratory mood to gloom. Adam has been a hero among activists and organizers. Zone 16 is Malvern and Willistown. Adam was also executive assistant to Commissioner Kathi Cozzone.

Turnout is the Story on Tuesday

by Adam Swope, chair, Willistown-Malvern Dems

Wow! Thank you to everyone who voted on Tuesday. In our area, and around the County, we saw shocking turnout numbers – clear evidence that Democrats are energized and Republicans are demoralized. With the scandal-a-day Republican Administration in Washington, we saw motivated Democrats turn out in droves to express their displeasure while Republicans may have been so embarrassed by their party’s leadership that they stayed home in record numbers.

Countywide, Democratic turnout in the primary exceeded Republican turnout for the first time in recent memory. It wasn’t a big spread – only about 18% to 17%. But put into context, Republican turnout was about 5% higher than our turnout each of the previous 4 years. So to actually win the turnout battle is a sea change.

Let’s look at the results from our own precincts and how 2017 turnout compared to 2015, the last municipal primary:

Malvern Borough – Dem turnout was up 5.4% and GOP turnout was down 4.2%.
N-1 (Phelps) – Dems up 6.6%, GOP down 9.6%
N-2 (Sugartown) – Dems up 6.6%, GOP down 11.2%
N-3 (Gen. Wayne) – Dems up 4.4%, GOP down 9.3%
N-4 (Good Sam.) – Dems up 5.6%, GOP down 3.1%
N-5 (Gen. Wayne) – Dems up 10.5%, GOP down 5.2% **Overall Dem turnout was over 33%, almost twice the countywide average!**
N-6 (Chester Valley Rehab) – Dems up 0.1%, GOP up 1.4% **This was the only precinct that saw higher GOP turnout overall in 2017**
S-1 (Sugartown) – Dems up 6.5%, GOP down 22.4%
S-2 (Willistown Friends) – Dems up 10.1%, GOP down 14.4%
S-3 (Willistown Methodist) – Dems up 6%, GOP down 6.5%

If we see turnout like this in the fall, Democrats are going to win a lot of elections we’ve never won before!

Pennsylvania House Bill 1507 and Senate Bill 1034 Pose a Threat to Worker Rights

For Immediate Release       
Contact: Adam Swope (202) 341-7821

Pennsylvania House Bill 1507 and Senate Bill 1034 Pose a Threat to Worker Rights

So-called “Paycheck Protection” legislation is merely a right-wing attempt to weaken unions’ ability to defend the middle class  

“Current legislation under consideration, House Bill 1507 and Senate Bill 1034, are an unfair attempt by right-wing legislators and their out-of-state billionaire backers to weaken unions and make it harder for union members to collect their dues, fair share payments, and voluntary PAC contributions,” said Wayne Burton, President of the Pennsylvania Alliance for Retired Americans, a retired professor of Political Science. “Thanks to unions, the middle class has been able to grow and improve its living conditions,” continued Burton. “HB 1507 and SB 1034 are another sad attempt by some state legislators to reduce the voice of unions. If these bills are passed, extreme politicians will make the middle class suffer. This ‘right-to-work’-style legislation is actually designed to weaken the rights of workers by making it harder to run their organization.”

“There have been false claims that workers’ fair share deductions are going to political candidates that they do not support. This is a flat-out lie! Legally unions can only spend voluntary donations to their political action committees on politics. Furthermore, fair share payments cannot legally be spent on lobbying or even public relations. Some politicians argue that taxpayer dollars are being spent to deduct union dues. This rationale for HB 1507 and SB 1034 is false. Every time government workers are paid, computer programs deduct taxes, healthcare costs, retirement costs, United Way contributions and other items including union dues. The bill’s proponents have not given an estimate of how much the bill would save because they know it would save virtually nothing.”

Jean Friday, President Emeritus of the Pennsylvania Alliance for Retired Americans and a retired steelworker from Westmoreland County, shared her view on proposed HB 1507 and SB 1034. “Weakening a worker’s right to organize poses a threat to future retirees. The quality of life in retirement will decrease if these bills pass because the unions that work to protect our retirement security will be undermined.”

“Many retirees, both public sector and private, are currently enjoying pension and health benefits, along with the money that they were able to save thanks to the unions who fought and bargained for the rights of all workers.  Union members from many different backgrounds, such as the coal industry, steel mills, school teachers, nurses, and many other occupations pushed for safer working conditions and fair wages. The positive effects from these unions are even felt by non-union members. I’m proud that the Alliance is standing up for these rights and standing up for the middle class by opposing HB 1507 and SB 1034.”

The Pennsylvania Alliance for Retired Americans, led by President Wayne Burton of Chester County, has over 300,000 members and 149 local affiliates across the Commonwealth. PARA’s mission is to educate seniors and the public about retiree issues, and organize seniors to advocate for their interests in Harrisburg and Washington. To learn more, visit www.pennretiredamericans.org.