Tag Archives: election 2013

Pre-election articles in Daily Local News

The Daily Local does a good job of covering local races. Here’s a list of recent articles on various campaigns (reverse chronological order).

West Chester to elect 4 new council members, 11/2/13

Several Chesco row offices up for election, 11/1/13

Seven seek 4 school board seats in Downingtown, 10/30/13

Contested seat for West Caln supervisor, 10/30/13

Two vie for West Goshen DJ seat, 10/29/13

4 incumbents face competing faction in West Chester Area School Board race, 10/29/13

East Fallowfield to elect 2 new supervisors, 10/29/13

3 seats in contention at Downingtown Borough Council, 10/27/13

Familiar faces squaring off in Phoenixville mayor’s race, 10/27/13

2 seats open for Chester County court, 10/26/13

New and old in E. Brandywine supervisor contest, 10/26/13

Four seats open on S. Coatesville Borough Council, 10/26/13

Two seek West Vincent supervisor seat, 10/25/13

Two seek mayor’s office in South Coatesville, 10/25/13

Sewers, open government on agendas for Westtown candidates, 10/21/13

West Chester school candidates meet, 10/21/13

Candidates discuss issues in Tredyffrin, 10/21/13

Incumbent Downingtown mayor faces GOP challenger
, 10/21/13

Two face off in East Whiteland, 10/18/13

Two vie for one West Whiteland supervisor seat, 10/17/13

2 seats open for Chester County court

by Michael P. Rellahan, Daily Local News, 10/26/13

Two seats on the Chester County Court of Common Pleas bench are being sought by three people, all with decades of experience in the county’s legal community and justice system.

Democrat Julia Malloy-Good and Republicans Patrick Carmody and Jeffrey Sommer are vying or the two open positions, individually touting their backgrounds and their temperaments I hopes of convincing voters they would make the best selections for the job of trial court judge.

Malloy-Good cites her long work in Family Court as an attorney and her current position as a special master in the county’s Family Court. Carmody points to his 30 years as a prosecutor in the county District Attorney’s Office, where he has tried more than 100 cases. Sommer refers to his career as a civil trial litigator and municipal solicitor as the backbone of his experience.

Whoever is elected, they will take on the job of hearing legal cases that come to the trial level of courts in the county. With the exception of some small claims cases and minor criminal offenses, all cases are funneled through the Common Pleas Court for initial resolution. In recent interviews, all spoke of their enthusiasm to take on the position of Common Pleas judge.

Malloy-Good, 61, of West Whiteland, has lived in the county since 1982, having graduated from Wheaton College in Illinois and the John Marshall Law School in Chicago. She is married and has two daughters.

“I believe that I have the background and experience necessary to continue to serve the citizens of Chester County as I have, and do, serve them now,” she said recently. “I am ready day one to continue to do the job I am doing.” …

keep reading at Daily Local News

Elect Judge Jack McVay

email, 11/3/13

While Pennsylvania Democrats are championing and working hard for the middle-class, Republicans throughout the Commonwealth have spent a lot of time and money making life more difficult for hard working families that are just trying to get by.

Electing Judge Jack McVay to the Superior Court on Tuesday is our chance to tell Republicans that we’ve had enough of their tired and harmful policies.

As a resident of Allegheny County and as a friend of Jack’s for over 20 years, I’ve seen the great work he’s done for our communities both as an attorney and a judge. Jack has fought to keep families together and better the lives of abused and vulnerable children as an honest public servant for over 30 years.

Even when Jack’s not at work, he’s helping to make families in our communities stronger by volunteering his time with organizations like Cribs for Kids, St. Jude’s, Duquesne University, and Pirates Charities. It’s not hard to see what’s important to Jack: upholding family values and being a man of integrity.


I have personally worked on Jack’s campaigns in Allegheny County because of his passion for making communities better and his remarkable work ethic. But now Jack needs your help too.

On Tuesday, November 5th, make sure to head to the polls to vote for Judge Jack McVay as well as all the other Democratic candidates on your ballot like Supreme Court Justice Max Baer and Superior Court Judge Jack Panella who are running for retention.


Jim Burn
Pennsylvania Democratic Party

Two vie for West Goshen DJ seat

By MICHAEL P. RELLAHAN, Daily Local News, 10/29/13,

WEST GOSHEN – William Kraut, the incumbent magisterial district judge for the court centered in West Goshen, is facing a challenge to his re-election from a West Chester attorney, Chris Pielli.

Kraut, a Republican, has served on the minor judiciary bench since 2007 and is seeking a second six-year term running on his record and experience. But his opponent, Democrat Pielli, has criticized the incumbent for what he called a part-time dedication to the office.

The race will be decided by voters from West Goshen, Westtown and Thornbury. District courts are the entry level jurisdictions in the Pennsylvania judiciary, where litigants go to make small claims, pay parking or traffic tickets, and appear at preliminary hearings in minor and major criminal cases. The West Goshen court, set in the Chester County Government Service Center, is among the busiest of all such courts in the county.

Two other sitting magisterial district judges are seeking re-election but are running unopposed. They are Nancy Gill, who serves as the district judge in the Parkesburg area court, and Theodore Michaels, who serves on the bench in the Phoenixville area court….

keep reading, with details on the candidates and issues, at Daily Local News