Daily Local News, 2/22/18
West Chester >> After historic electoral wins in 2017, close to 300 Chester County Democratic leaders enthusiastically gathered at Stetson Middle School Wednesday night for its annual nominating convention. Chester County Democratic Committee Chair Brian McGinnis opened the convention with a recap of the many victories over the past few years – from three state Supreme Court justices in 2015 to four county row office seats – as the party looks to the 2018 midterm elections.
Gov. Tom Wolf and U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, both running unopposed, won unanimous voice votes for endorsements.
Four candidates for lieutenant governor were nominated from the floor: Chester County Commissioner Kathi Cozzone, Braddock Mayor John Fetterman, state Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-153, and incumbent Lt. Gov. Mike Stack. Only Cozzone and Fetterman made speeches at the podium. Once ballots were collected and tabulated, McGinnis announced that Chester County’s Cozzone won the county Democratic endorsement with 62 percent of the vote.
Citing a desire to bring issues affecting local governments to attention in Harrisburg, Cozzone pledged to be an advocate alongside Gov. Wolf as they worked with both political parties.
“Gov. Wolf needs a partner who can get things done,” McGinnis said, “and Commissioner Cozzone is that partner. The party stands firmly behind her in her bid for lieutenant governor.”…
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By Kathi Cozzone, Chester County Commissioner and candidate for Lt. Gov., The Times of Chester County, Feb 7th, 2018
If your child or spouse or parent had a mental illness, addiction or developmental disability, would you want them in jail or somewhere that could help them get better?
County jails and taxpayers dollars are increasingly being used to detain pre-trial offenders and house inmates who suffer from such issues; the majority of which do not pose a public safety risk.
Simply stated, county jails are the largest mental health facilities in our country, and Chester County is no exception.
Although offenders must be held accountable for their actions, most of these individuals have not committed serious crimes. Statistics indicate the mentally ill will spend two-and-a-half to eight times longer in jail than their non-mentally ill counterparts, so a more effective use of our limited resources is to safely provide treatment and support to those with mental health and substance abu…
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from Kathi Cozzone, Dec 28, 2017
2017 was a great year for Democrats, not only for Pennsylvania but across the nation. Voter turnout was at record highs and Democrats picked up seats we’ve never had – including four row offices in Chester County!
Way to go team!
As we wrap up this momentous year, we have to remind ourselves the work is not over. We have to keep up this surge through 2018 by supporting candidates we believe in.
I am running for Lieutenant Governor because we need change in Harrisburg. It’s time to end the “Old Boys Club” for good, by electing women, by electing candidates that are energized to move Governor Wolf’s policies forward in the Commonwealth.
When I announced I was running for Lieutenant Governor, I knew I would need every one of my steadfast supporters. When we win this election it will be because of supporters like you.
Our first critical fundraising deadline is Sunday – only 3 days away! Please consider helping today.
All the best to you and your family for a Happy New Year.
[n.b. at this point in the election cycle, without implying endorsement or favoritism this site posts occasional items referencing important thoughts and issues raised by Dem candidates.]
Daily Local News, 11/13/17
The following tribute was written by Chester County Commissioner Kathi Cozzone and local Democratic activist Daniel Wofford of Charlestown.
Adam Harrison Swope of Malvern, a tireless campaign activist and strategist in state, county, and local politics, died on Saturday afternoon in an automobile accident. He was 38 years old.
The beloved son of Bob and Kathy Swope, life-long teachers in the Reading School District, Swope graduated in 1997 from Reading Senior High School, where he had early on shown an interest in politics.
Adam graduated from the West Chester University Honors Program in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in political science. While attending WCU, he held various offices in student government, as well as chairing the Young Democrats organization and serving as president of the Sigma Pi Fraternity. His senior year, he also received the West Chester University Outstanding Leader Award. As a political science major, he worked on numerous political campaigns in Chester County, first as a volunteer and then as a paid staffer with increasing responsibilities.
Most recently he was employed as an administrative analyst for the county, as well as serving as a campaign chairman for Commissioner Kathi Cozzone. Previously, he held senior roles in Joe Hoeffel’s 2004 U.S. Senate campaign, and on both Dan Wofford’s 2002 and Lois Murphy’s 2006 campaigns for the 6th Congressional District….
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