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Message from the Chair

Friends of the Chester County Democratic Committee:

Traditionally, spring primaries are ho-hum affairs with little notice or turnout. For example, in the 2015 Primary, a mere 12% came to the polls. This year 18% of you came out to vote, beating Republicans for the first time in history in a Primary election. It’s obvious to anyone reading the daily paper or watching the nightly news that political events in Harrisburg and Washington have contributed to a greater activism towards elected officials, and clearly, voters are expressing their concerns at the polls. While I am pleased with the turnout in the Primary, there is still plenty of work to be done from now until November. We can’t afford to rest and we must keep moving forward.

Our Chester County Row Office Candidates

Please continue to support Patricia Maisano for Treasurer, Margaret Reif for Controller, Dr. Christina VandePol for Coroner, and Maria Crossan for Clerk of Courts. We are proud to announce that these candidates have received the endorsement of the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters. They are running on a platform of trust, transparency, and integrity, and are bringing enthusiasm and interest to their campaigns. “We are pleased to endorse this strong docket of candidates,” stated NRCC Executive Secretary-Treasurer John Ballantyne, “as they support many of the same important worker rights issues that are important to our Council, such as prevailing wage [which is vital to] all middle-class workers in our region who are trying to make a good life for themselves and their families.”

Upcoming CCDC Events

The biggest networking event in Chester County is approaching on June 19th – the annual CCDC Golf Outing at Ron Jaworski’s beautiful Downingtown County Club. See details and a link to register. Come out and have a great time!

Our True Blue Speaker Series is pleased to announce that Kim Slocum, a healthcare policy and strategy consultant, will speak to us about Health Care Reform – “Mission Impossible or Merely Paused”. RSVP for this informative event to be held June 14th, 6:30-8:30 pm at Barnaby’s, 15 S High St, in West Chester. Please join us to hear from an expert in the field, and learn how to plot our path forward. (True Blue Society is a fundraising vehicle for Chester County Democrats. Join for only $20 a month, knowing that your contribution will be used to promote Freedom, Fairness & Opportunity in Chester County!)

Brian J. McGinnis
Chair, Chester County Democratic Committee

What an election this was!!

Historic: Democratic turnout increased 43% county-wide over the 2015 election.

All our countywide candidates won (and got almost as many votes as the corresponding Republican candidates):

Patricia Maisano – Treasurer
Margaret Reif – Controller
Christina VandePol – Coroner
Maria Crossan – Clerk of Courts

Our endorsed judicial candidates who won statewide were:

For PA Supreme Court
Dwayne Woodruff

For Superior Court
Carolyn H Nichols
Geoff Moulton
Maria McLaughlin
Debbie Kunselman

For Commonwealth Court
Ellen Ceisler

Chester County had the fourth highest vote total for the state-wide judicial candidates, exceeded only by Philadelphia, Allegheny (Pittsburgh) and Montgomery counties.

Thank you all for what you have accomplished so far this year.

Now the real work begins – to help our candidates win in November.

What we have done so far has been a warm-up. Our county turnout for the primary was 43% more than in 2015. Even so, this was an 18% turnout.

The approximate average vote totals for the county-wide candidates in 2015 was 34,000 (D) vs 49,000 (R). We need to increase our vote totals by 50% from 2015 to be confident of winning all our county-wide races.

50,000 votes for our Democratic candidates corresponds to a 38% turnout of Democratic voters.

Can we do that? That is our challenge. This is the best year in a long time to do it.

We can take a deep breath and then start again. We need to start planning now to get out our voters in November.

This is an exciting time to be a Democrat in Chester County.

Brian McGinnis, Chair
Chester County Democratic Committee

Freedom, Fairness, Opportunity

Marching On!

Fellow Chester County Democrats and supporters:

This month we are all ‘Marching On’ towards what promises to be an interesting first year and mid-term of the Trump administration.

But ‘All Politics is Local’ and 2017 is all about local Chester County elections, so I want to take this moment to note and thank our county-wide candidates and committee members for the work they have done with getting nominating signatures to be on the Primary Election ballot. Our goal was to have at least 1,000 but we submitted 1,800 signatures. I also want to mention that we have over 250 Democrats running for local offices this year, which is a record.

Many of you have become activists, and are calling out local Congressmen Costello, Meehan, and Smucker for their support of TrumpCare with its age tax, estimated higher premiums, and elimination of subsidies that will drop nearly a thousand Chester County residents from coverage. All this and yet it gives huge tax cuts to the very wealthy.

You are also weighing in on Trump’s proposed budget that will negatively impact valuable support services here but is a giveaway to the top 1%. Meals on Wheels alone served nearly 100,000 meals in the last fiscal year in Chester County to our most vulnerable seniors. And where is the infrastructure spending that is so desperately needed to repair our bridges and roads?

Finally, I want to remind you that Governor Tom Wolf will be attending our Spring Fundraiser April 2, 6-9 pm at Coatesville Country Club. Last call – tickets are limited. You can get all the details and register here. I look forward to seeing you there and hear the governor discuss the “Path Forward”.

Thank you,
Brian J. McGinnis
Chair, Chester County Democratic Committee


Dissecting the Democrats’ loss in Pennsylvania: ‘We failed in hearing people, hearing their voices’

by Maria Panaritis, philly.com, 11/18/16

Brian McGinnis believes Democrats in Pennsylvania should look no further than two counties – one of the state’s most affluent and one of its more beleaguered – to understand what went wrong and how to regroup from a devastating Election Day.

What happened in Luzerne and Chester Counties suggest Donald Trump’s Keystone State win over Hillary Clinton had as much to do with a flawed Democratic coalition as it did with Trump’s unique campaign.

Chester County, where McGinnis is the Democratic Party chairman, delivered big for Clinton, despite a Republican voter registration edge. With six campaign offices, Democrats galvanized Pennsylvnia’s most affluent and one of its most educated counties to swing for Clinton by a 24,606-vote margin – thousands more than President Obama in 2012.

But two-and-a-half hours north in economically battered Luzerne County, it made no difference that the Wilkes-Barre region’s coal-country Democrats had reliably delivered time and again for the formerly blue state. Luzerne flipped for Trump.

In their soul-searching, Democrats like McGinnis are asking if the chasm can be bridged or if all is lost.

“Taking the vote for granted was the biggest failure that we had,” said McGinnis. “We did a great job in Chester County – but throughout the state, I think that we failed in hearing people, hearing their voices.”…


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