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Message from outgoing CCDC chair Brian McGinnis


First, I want to thank you for all the hard work that you have done over the past four years. That effort has translated into the success that we, as an organization, enjoy today. It was truly an honor to serve as Chairman of the Chester County Democratic Committee. We did a lot of great things together over these past four years. Here are some of the highlights:

Over 200 Democrats elected to local offices in 4 years
Elected first ever Democrats to countywide row officers in 2017
Transformed Chester County into 1 of 15 counties nationwide to flip from Mitt Romney to Hillary Clinton in 2016
Broke fundraising records in 2 consecutive years in 2016 and 2017
Purchased the Democratic Party’s permanent office building in the heart of West Chester
Showcased Chester County to State and National leaders
Helped elect Carolyn Comitta to the State House
Supported and promoted Kathi Cozzone for Lt. Governor, the first Chester County Democrat to run statewide
Elected 3 Democrats to the PA Supreme Court which paved the way for the landmark 2018 gerrymandering decision
Elected the first Muslim to office in Chester County history in Khadijah Al Amin to Coatesville City Council

We are flush with funds and with human capital as well. We have over 80% capacity of our committee slots full and we are continuing to see growth within our committee. We have the most diverse slate of state legislature candidates that this party has ever seen. We must elect them because we must fully fund education, promote women’s access to healthcare, ensure workers rights, and protect our environment. The Democratic Party is the only party taking a stand on these issues. We will also play a key role in re-electing Senator Casey and Governor Tom Wolf. It’s time to make history again by electing Chrissy Houlahan to Congress!

Now is the time to support our new Chairman, Dick Bingham. We must ensure that he has all the resources that he needs in order to keep the momentum going. I will do everything I can to assist him with a smooth transition. I will be accompanying him to Harrisburg this Friday to introduce him to leaders across the state. My friends are now his friends. I will continue to my obligation to make sure our June 19th golf outing is a successful event.

My allegiance will always be to the Democratic Party but my support for Chairman Bingham, Vice Chair Marsha Peltz, Treasurer MaryAnn Piccioni, and Secretary Nick Allen is unwavering. The Chester County Democratic Committee is in good hands with this team. Let us all come together for one common cause and one common goal. It’s off to November 6th and let’s win there!

God Bless!

Brian J. McGinnis
Chairman, Chester County Democratic Committee, 2014-2018

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!


Brian J. McGinnis
Chairman, Chester County Democratic Committee

Let’s Send Trump a Message again from Chester County

Dear Fellow Democrat,

Last year was an historic year for the Chester County Democratic Committee, as we elected four county-wide row officers for the first time in history, and hundreds more to local offices. That effort began when Democrats cast 48% of the total votes in the Primary Election. Let’s send the Republicans and Donald Trump a message again by getting over 50% on May 15th!

With this Tuesday’s Primary Election, you have the ability to make history again by selecting Chester County Commissioner Kathi Cozzone to be on the ballot in November as our next Lieutenant Governor! I can’t think of a better partner for Governor Tom Wolf to advance his agenda of “Jobs that Pay, Schools that Teach, and Government that Works”. Kathi is not a politician, but a public servant who we can all count on!

It’s also time that Chester County has the representation it needs in Congress by electing Chrissy Houlahan as our next Congresswoman! An Air Force veteran, highly successful business builder, and working mom, Chrissy will stand up to Donald Trump and the Republicans!

We need to re-elect Governor Tom Wolf and give him the legislature he needs to fully fund public education, rebuild our infrastructure, and protect equal opportunity for all Pennsylvanians. He needs support, and that requires electing a competent legislature!

We also need to re-elect Senator Bob Casey to stand up to the failed Trump agenda. Senator Casey has stood up for workers’ rights, civil rights, and voting rights in the Senate.

Next Tuesday, May 15th, the polls are open from 7 AM to 8 PM. Read about our candidates at http://chescodems.org/2018-candidates/. By voting locally we send a strong message nationally. If you have any questions about voting please contact our office at office@chescodems.org or call 610-692-5811. I look forward to seeing you at the polls!

Remember – have a plan to Vote May 15th,

Brian J. McGinnis
Chairman, Chester County Democratic Committee

CCDC Statement on Parkland Shooting

By now you have heard the sad but all too familiar news of another mass school shooting. This is the 18th school shooting of the year and it’s only February.

It seems that our politicians’ only response to these horrific acts of violence is to offer thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families. While thoughts and prayers are well intended, it is action that is needed to prevent these tragedies. No child in this country should ever worry about being shot at school. No parent should ever have to worry if their son or daughter will return home safely from their school day.

The Second Amendment states, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” The key phrase in that clause is “well regulated”.

We need to elect legislators in Harrisburg and Washington, D.C., that will work to enact universal background checks and ban the sale of high-capacity firearms—two pieces of legislation that the NRA is firmly against. Its time that we take on the NRA and those that take their money! If not us, then who? If not now, then when? The time for action is now!

Brian J. McGinnis
Chairman, Chester County Democratic Committee

Gabby Giffords’ tweet on Parkland: “We must find the courage to imagine a country where these massacres do not occur. Our leaders must find the courage to escape the confines of their politics & pursue the moral necessity of peace & safety.”