The CCDC nominating convention is set for Tuesday February 20th at Stetson Middle School at 1060 Wilmington Pike, West Chester 19382.
Doors open at 5:30 pm for check-in, petition signing, etc. Allow at least 15 minutes for checking in! The convention proper starts at 6:30 pm.
During this event, the County Committee will endorse candidates for the various offices for which elections will be held this year:
PA Lt. Governor
US House of Representatives (3 seats now, probably 2 with new districts)
PA Senate (SD 26, 44)
PA House (9 House districts)
See info on known Dem candidates here.
Candidates and their representatives will be present asking for signatures on their petitions.
All Democratic committeepersons or their proxies are expected to attend.
State Dem Committee (8) and committeeperson seats (2 per precinct) will also be on the ballot but the convention does not endorse for them.
Stetson Middle School is about 0.5 miles south of where the Rt 202 bypass starts south of West Chester. It is about 2.5 miles south of West Chester, on the west side of route 202. a mile north of route 926. From the south you need to be in the right lane of 202 and take the Skiles Blvd exit to the right, then cross 202 to go west to the school parking lot. Entrance to parking is to the right.
The Chester County Democratic Committee (CCDC) held its annual nominating convention on the evening of February 15 at Stetson Middle School in West Chester for candidates in the party seeking endorsement on the May 16, 2017 Primary Election Ballot. Over 300 party members attended.
The following candidates for judicial offices were endorsed:
* PA Supreme Court (retention) – Debra Todd
* PA Supreme Court – Dwayne Woodruff
* PA Superior Court (4 seats) – Deborah A. Kunselman, Maria C. McLaughlin, H. Geoffrey Moulton, Jr., Carolyn H. Nichols
* PA Commonwealth Court (2 seats) – Ellen Ceisler, Joseph M. Cosgrove (Todd Eagen is endorsed by the Democratic State Committee)
* Multiple candidates for Magisterial District Judge positions were also endorsed – Bret Binder (East Bradford), Al Iacocca (Kennett Square), Keith Eldridge (West Vincent), and incumbent Judge Analisa Sondergaard (Tredyffrin).
For Chester County row offices, Dr. Christina VandePol was endorsed for Coroner and Patricia Maisano for Treasurer. CCDC is expecting to announce candidates for Controller and Clerk of Courts very soon.
In addition, candidates for School Director for all 12 Chester County school districts were endorsed. Local CCDC zones and committeepeople will be endorsing township supervisor, borough council, judge of elections and mayoral candidates in meetings this month. The CCDC encourages any candidates who have not yet declared their intentions to contact the office at 610-692-5811 or email email@example.com.
“We are planning on running Democrats for every elected office in Chester County. Defeating Donald Trump’s extremist agenda begins by electing Democrats to public office. The CCDC is excited about the quality of our slate of endorsed candidates and looks forward to them and their circulators engaging with the public to gain the necessary qualifying signatures during the petition circulating period that runs through March 7. Signatures are needed from registered Democrats for these candidates to be placed on the ballot, as well as Republican petitions where cross-filing is permitted. Recent national and state political events and issues of concern to all voters have apparently encouraged more people to engage with the political process, and we are pleased that so many qualified Democrats have come forward to be candidates for office.”
Brian J. McGinnis
Chair, Chester County Democratic Committee
By Michael Rellahan, Daily Local News, 2/16/17
Members of the Chester County Democratic Committee met to endorse candidates for county elected offices that will be on the ballot in the upcoming Municipal Primary Election, and found a new enthusiasm among people worried about the age of Donald Trump, leaders said Thursday.
“There’s a new army of people that are showing up and want to get involved,” said Lani Frank, the committee’s vice chairwoman and a member of the party’s state committee. “We saw an increase in the number of guests (at the committee’s Wednesday convention), people interested in learning about the local Democratic Party is all about how to get involved.”
Frank said that a host of groups had been formed in the county since Trump’s election, grass roots organizations tackling a variety of issues such as gerrymandering, health care, and immigration “It is a challenge to see so many groups that are forming around various issues. We are talking about the basic levels of understanding about the politics that have created the situation we are in,” she said.
In addition to the 200 or so credentialed members of the county Democratic committee, Frank and others said there were an estimated 100 non-members who attended the convention at Stetson Middle School outside West Chester….
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WEST CHESTER, PA – Following a spirited convention at Stetson Middle School on Wednesday night, the Chester County Democratic Committee (CCDC) announced its slate of endorsed candidates for elected office in Chester County.
“On behalf of the entire Chester County Democratic Committee, I want to congratulate our 2016 endorsed candidates,” McGinnis said in a statement. “Now that the balloting has finished, it is incumbent upon all Democrats in Chester County to work tirelessly to elect the candidates who will move our Commonwealth forward and fight for our shared principles of freedom, fairness and opportunity. I look forward to working with our endorsed candidates to secure victory both in the primaries and the general election this fall.”
McGinnis pledged to continue working to recruit Democratic candidates for currently uncontested offices in Chester County, and to continue enhancing the Party’s ability to support Democrats throughout the county.
The Chester County Democratic Committee is the authoritative body of the Democratic Committee in Chester County, Pennsylvania. For more information on the Committee, click here. To contribute to CCDC and support its work on behalf of all Democrats, click here.
Chester County Democratic Committee (CCDC) 2016 Nominating Convention – Official Results
Winners in italics; 55% needed to clinch the nomination. Continue reading