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CONTACT: Brian J. McGinnis, Chair, Chester County Democratic Committee

West Chester, PA (August 15, 17) – “It is time for the Republican Party in Pennsylvania to admit it has a problem with racism and take steps to address it forcefully,” stated Brian J. McGinnis, Chair of Chester County Democratic Committee. “Yesterday’s Philadelphia Inquirer article pointed out accurately that campaign flyers for the District Attorney’s race in Philadelphia had attacked only minority — African American and Latina — politicians for corruption. The flyer — distributed in predominantly white South Philadelphia — clearly seeks to make race an issue in the DA campaign.”

“Now PA State (and Chester County) GOP Chair Val DiGiorgio is fundraising off of this article, blasting the media for writing about it.”

“Republicans’ fearmongering and the targeting of people of color as a political wedge is a tactic we condemn,” added McGinnis, “especially in light of Trump comments on the Charlottesville, VA tragedy. How quickly the state Republicans have forgotten about their own political corruption — John Perzel, Ernie Preate, Bob Asher or Frank Serafini to name-drop a few, as well as overwhelming amounts of outside money buying influence in the current state legislature.”

“Our campaigns and our elections have got to be free and fair and represent American values. We will speak out when we see our citizens being intimidated, manipulated and humiliated for political gain. And we will be vigilant that this type of race-based campaigning does not occur in Chester County.”


The Chester County Democratic Party believes in Freedom, Fairness, and Opportunity for all Americans, regardless of what they believe, who they are, and where they came from. Find them online at chescodems.org

Happy 4th of July – We Celebrate Our Freedom

Message from CCDC Chair Brian McGinnis

The Chester County Democratic Committee Wishes you a Happy and Safe Independence Day

As we travel and visit with friends and family, or relax at home this Tuesday, let’s remember that no matter the craziness coming from Washington and Harrisburg, we are fortunate to live in a country where we are still free to change what we don’t like to something better. We are still here – and focusing on what we can change: improving local government at all levels to work for us, replacing do-nothing, no-show officials taking you for granted with those who will be there for you every day, with new ideas and action.

Please don’t underestimate the importance of local elections such as school board directors (ensuring that our school districts are solvent and promoting public education) and township supervisors (keeping our townships and boroughs safe places to live and raise a family). Local elections matter. Our county-wide candidates will restore integrity, trust, and transparency to government, and our judicial candidates will represent the interests of people over the powerful. Please support them! I firmly believe that we will win this year’s election up and down the ballot because we have better ideas, better values, and better candidates that represent our communities. Now it’s on to November and let’s win there!

Finally, we are only four months away from the November election and we cannot win without your support. We still need volunteers to help us get out the vote; I ask for your help with this effort. Whether it would be going door to door, making phone calls, working your precinct on Election Day, or by volunteering at our office, your support is needed. Please contact our office at office@chescodems.org or call 610 -692-5811.

We believe in Freedom, Fairness and Opportunity for all, and will never stop fighting for you.

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