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The wrong people are in jail

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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End of a Great Year

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.

Your Friend,

Kathi Cozzone

[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.]

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