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Adam Swope remembered by friends, colleagues

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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In Memoriam Adam Swope 1979 – 2017

from Chester County Commissioner Kathi Cozzone:

It’s with a profound sadness that I share with you the passing of my very good friend Adam Swope. Words cannot describe the loss to this world of a man so incredibly bright and kind and funny.

Adam and I met in 2005 when he became my campaign manager in my race for County Controller. It was he who orchestrated an unprecedented 48.19% of the vote that year. He was so proud of the race we ran that year that 4819 was a password he used! He managed every race of mine since, including my current LG campaign.

Outside of my husband, Adam knew me best. He knew before I did how I would react or feel about a situation. He knew what I wanted to say and made it sound good. If you ever heard me give a great speech, rest assured Adam had a huge hand in it.

In the last year, Adam worked by my side in the Commissioners office and I do not know how I will be able to go back to the office and walk past his lit-up Steelers helmet and his Villanova “V”.

Adam was an eternal optimist who loved his parents, his Nana, cats, the Steelers, Game of Thrones, his fraternity, musicals, weird strategy games, Super Mario, Sunny in Philadelphia, the Daily Show and politics. Not necessarily in that order.

He worked tirelessly to elect Democrats in Chester County and was beyond thrilled to be a part of the history we made in 2017. He walked around like the cat that ate the canary!

Much more than all of that, Adam was a member of the Cozzone family and our hearts are broken. He loved our son. He loved our cats—probably more than us.

We will miss his laugh and his friendship.

Adam adored his parents and they were so very proud of him. We are keeping Kathy and Bob in our hearts.

Adam made a difference in this world and I am beyond grateful that Adam was a part of our lives.

Kathi & Victor & LV
Executive Board
Chester County Democratic Committee

The time and place for Adam’s service has not yet been established. We will share them with you as soon as we know them.

Photo from Willistown-Malvern Democrats’ Facebook page. See tributes there and at CCDC Facebook page.

See also “Chester County Democrats mourn ‘major player’ killed in fiery 202 crash,” Philadelphia Inquirer, 11/12/17

Kathi Cozzone: Gathering momentum

from Cozzone for PA, 11/10/17 (Commissioner Cozzone is a candidate for Lieutenant GTovernor of PA this year)

What an Election Day for Democrats! Congratulations to all the wonderful candidates who ran for judicial, county and local offices in 2017. Whether they scored truly historic victories like we saw in Chester County, or fought the good fight for our progressive values but fell short, every candidate deserves our thanks.

Clearly, voters are energized because they are not happy. But it’s not just Donald Trump. Voters also don’t like the fact that it took our Republican Legislature months past the budget deadline, just to pass an irresponsible revenue package that uses more borrowing and phantom revenue to balance. That’s why it’s critical that we keep the momentum going to bring about change in Harrisburg next year.

I’m so pleased to announce that my campaign for Lt. Governor is building momentum too. Today, we are announcing another round of endorsements from County Commissioner Jeff Eggleston (Warren County), County Commissioner Harlan Shober (Washington County), fmr. County Commissioner Suzanne McCool (Monroe County) and State Representative John Galloway (Bucks County). They join previous endorsements from Chester, Bucks, Berks, Somerset, Bradford and Butler Counties. Commissioner Shober, who is the immediate past President of the County Commissioners Association of PA, had this to say about my candidacy:

“Kathi Cozzone understands how government can work for its citizens. As Commissioners, we see firsthand how decisions made in Harrisburg affect our counties’ ability to improve the lives of our constituents in need and improve the quality of life for all. If Kathi is elected Lt. Governor, she will bring that deep understanding to a state government that is often badly out of touch with the work done by county and local governments. Voters in PA will be well-served to elect her, and legislators in Harrisburg would be wise to listen to her input when she gets there. That’s why I’m endorsing Kathi Cozzone for Lt. Governor.”

— Harlan Shober, Washington County Commissioner

You can read all the endorsement statements from these and previous endorsers here. You can also join the momentum, by donating today!

Your Friend,

Kathi Cozzone

PS. I hope to see you at our event on November 29th. RSVP here!