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Celebrating 2017

Hello Fellow Chester County Democrats:

As we celebrate Thanksgiving and all it means to us, we also want to give a huge thanks to YOU, our voters, committeepeople, volunteers, activists and candidates for a remarkable 2017. Together, we:

Elected four county-wide row office candidates for the first time in our history

Elected nearly 200 Democrats to local offices

Established a fundraising record

Filled 81% of committeepeople positions (interested in filling the rest? Call the office at 610-692-5811)

Completed purchase of our headquarters building

Defeated Val DiGiorgio and the Republican machine in back-to-back years in Chester County

Sent a message that Chester County Democrats are ready to win In Harrisburg and Washington in 2018 – with your help

Want to help us get a start on building the funds necessary to win? Donate $20.18 here.

Congratulations to Controller-elect Margaret Reif, Clerk of Courts-elect Yolanda Van de Krol, Coroner-elect Dr. Christina VandePol, and Treasurer-elect Patricia Maisano!

–Brian McGinnis, Chbairman, CCDC

Chesco Dems celebrate ‘unbelievable’ victory

By Michael Rellahan, Daily Local News, 11/08/17

The jolt of energy that Donald Trump’s presidential election victory last year delivered to members of the Chester County Democratic Party this year, as well as Republican miscues in Harrisburg and Washington, culminated in a stunning sweep of county row office races on Election Day, as well as victories in a plethora of down-ballot local contests from mayor to district court judge to township supervisor, those involved said Wednesday.

“Donald Trump was on the ballot,” said Brian McGinnis, chairman of the county’s Democratic Committee. “Whether or not his name was there, he was on the ballot.

“We wanted to defeat Donald Trump’s agenda in Chester County, and we did that,” he said Wednesday, hours after the size of his party’s victory became apparent. “It’s an unbelievable feeling to be a Democrat in Chester County and be part of history.”

Democrats won all four row office positions on Tuesday’s ballot, giving them the positions in the county courthouse and administrative offices they had long sought. By winning races for county clerk of courts, controller, coroner and treasurer, the party finally got a “seat at the table,” as one of the candidates had described her quest….

keep reading at Daily Local News


West Chester, PA – Chester County Democratic Committee Chairman Brian McGinnis released the following statement in response to a recent Republican Party mailer promoting their row office candidates:

“The Republican Party of Chester County must be worried about the re-election prospects of Controller Norm MacQueen, because they have taken a play from the Trump playbook by resorting to shameless hyperbole. Chester County voters didn’t fall for Trump’s nonsense, and they won’t fall for MacQueen’s either.

“The first bullet point claims that MacQueen has sponsored reforms to reduce spending and taxes’. Let’s start with the obvious point that the County Controller does not prepare or approve the budget or set tax rates. The Commissioners do that. But even if such a thing were possible, we defy MacQueen to identify one line-item in the budget that was reduced due to his influence. We’d be even more impressed if he can identify a tax that was reduced! I think he will be hard pressed to convince voters that their county tax bill went down.

“The second bullet point explains that MacQueen ‘Instituted Performance Audits…’. County Controllers have been auditing the County Government for hundreds of years. It’s their primary function. The Controller’s website shows audits going back to 1978. Continue reading

October Message from the Chair: Full Steam Ahead!

from CCDC Chair Brian J. McGinnis, 10/2/17

Hello Fellow Chester County Dems:

Are you ready to make history? Only 36 days to go. We have the an opportunity to send a message to Donald Trump and the Republicans nationally by voting locally! Let’s make this a statement Election and show the public that our candidates will restore integrity, trust, and transparency to government. Remember, the last day to register to vote in this year’s election is October 10th.

I can’t say enough about the team of highly qualified candidates we have on the ballot for county row offices, state and magisterial judiciary, municipal offices, and school directors. With your help, we will produce a turnout and votes to win every seat! Let’s start by electing Patricia Maisano for Treasurer, Margaret Reif for Controller, Dr. Christina VandePol for Coroner, and Yolanda Van de Krol for Clerk of Courts – they have all worked very hard to win votes and I’m so proud of them, as well as every other Dem on the ballot.

Volunteers still needed

Join in the excitement and volunteer to canvass for a candidate, make calls, drop lit, place yard signs, or greet at the polls; call the office at 610-692-5811 or email office@chescodems.org and our team will get you started.

CCDC Fall Fundraiser Dinner
– October 22, 2017 5:00 pm at Franklin Commons in Phoenixville

In just a few weeks we will fill the banquet hall at Franklin Commons with hundreds of enthusiastic Democrats and hear from exciting speakers in what promises to be The Political Event of Chester County this year! While we are still finalizing a special nationally-known keynote speaker, I’m happy to announce that PA AG Josh Shapiro and Treasurer Joe Torsella will be joining us for the VIP Cocktail Hour.. Get more details and register here.

Ballot Question on Property Taxes

The state Republicans want to change the PA Constitution to allow local jurisdictions to eliminate the property tax; while this sounds like a great idea to many people, the approach and power this will give the General Assembly is downright scary. While we agree that property tax reform is long overdue, taking this huge step without ensuring that revenues exist to support public schools, police and first responders is dangerous. We recommend a NO vote – to Save Our Schools!