2019 COUNTYWIDE DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES BEFORE THE PRIMARY ELECTYION

This page reproduces the COUNTYWIDE Dem candidates page as it appeared on May 21, 2019, including candidates who won or did not win the primary election. Thanks to all candidates!

NOTE: any candidates on your Dem ballot not listed below for Court of Common Pleas are not Democrats but cross-filed Republicans. At the local level, some candidates on your ballot for School Board or Magisterial District Justice may also not be Democrats. Check local party web sites and with Dem greeters at the polls!

To see what your ballot will look like: download the entire County list here and then find your precinct. To see a polling place location, go to Zones, click on your zone, choose MORE, and scroll down to POLLING PLACES.

For NON-countywide candidates, please refer to the relevant zones. See map of Chesco school districts here. For Magisterial District Judge territories, see here.

See an overview of 2019 elections here. See CCDC Social Media Policy until the primary here. See important dates in the 2019 campaign cycle, see here.

CCDC wishes all candidates to have a fair chance to make their case for election. Until the primary election, posting of information on this web site or other CCDC social media does not imply endorsement, support, or approval of any candidate. We do, though, indicate candidates’ status with regard to incumbency or endorsement by CCDC or the PA Democratic Party. For endorsements by CCDC zones or other organizations, see candidates’ own sites. Offices are listed in alphabetical order, as are candidates for each office except that endorsed candidates are listed first in their section. We are grateful to all who, by running for office, strengthen the process on which American democracy depends.

Please click on each candidate’s name or photo to see more of the basic write-up plus social media links.

Chester County Commissioners

“The three-member Board of Commissioners constitutes the chief governing body of the county. The board, together with its executive staff, manages a large and diverse organization whose mission is to provide quality government services in an efficient, cost effective manner. Elected every four years, the commissioners are responsible for policy making, fiscal management, and the administration of county affairs” (from the County web site). See also here. No more than 2 of the 3 Commissioners may be members of the same party.

Josh Maxwell for Chester County: “Stand for Truth”

Josh Maxwell for Chester County: “Stand for Truth”

I was raised to be a positive person—to live by the Golden Rule. I became a Democrat because I believe listening is the best way—the only way—to govern with empathy. And in this campaign, I have always strived to build up instead of tear down. But as my wife mentioned...

Kathi Cozzone (incumbent)

Kathi Cozzone (incumbent)

Commissioner Cozzone lives in Uwchlan Township with her husband and their son. Kathi became involved in politics in 2005, when as a candidate for County Controller she won more votes than any countywide Democratic candidate; her campaign focused on fiscal...

Ginny Kerslake

Ginny Kerslake

Ginny, a mother, community leader, scientist and small business owner, is running because Chester County needs courageous progressive leadership. With a Bachelor degree in Earth Science and a Master degree in Soil Chemistry, Ginny gained executive experience managing...

Court of Common Pleas of Chester County

“The Court of Common Pleas of Chester County is a general jurisdiction trial court located in West Chester, Pennsylvania…. There are 12 full time judges and 3 senior judges. The judges hear a wide spectrum of cases, including adult and juvenile criminal prosecutions, lawsuits involving money or property, divorce, custody disputes, child support issues, adoptions, and estates.” Read more on the Chesco web site.

This year probably 2 judge seats will be up for election.

Dan Maisano

Dan Maisano

Dan Maisano is a former Magisterial District Judge for 22 years in the Kennett area, an attorney for 39 years and an adjunct professor who taught Business Law and Real Estate Law at Widener University and recently taught Criminal Law, Constitutional Law and Survey of...

Tip McCabe

Tip McCabe

Thomas Patrick (“Tip”) McCabe grew up on Long Island, New York, and moved to Pennsylvania to attend the Villanova University School of Law, where he met his wife. Almost his entire career has been serving the County’s residents as a litigator in the Chester County...

DISTRICT ATTORNEY

“The core functions of the District Attorney’s Office are to investigate, prosecute, and prevent crimes….” See more at the County web site and download more here: JOB DESCRIPTION-DISTRICT ATTORNEY.

Deb Ryan no longer faces an incumbent D.A.!

Deb Ryan no longer faces an incumbent D.A.!

The Democratic candidate for District Attorney, the highly respected Deb Ryan, will no longer face an incumbent in the November 5 general election. In a surprising development, 2-term Chesco D.A. Tom Hogan has announced that, although he won his party's primary...

PROTHONOTARY

The Prothonotary handles the civil side of the county courts administration, as well as passports. S/he is the legal custodian of all civil instruments filed with the Court of Common Pleas, in accordance with the laws of civil procedure of the Commonwealth and the Chester County Rules of Court. S/he maintains accurate and secure indices and dockets, and makes documents available to the public.

Prothonotary: Debbie Bookman

Prothonotary: Debbie Bookman

In 2017 Debbie became a member of Coatesville City Council, winning the primary election against an 8-year incumbent as a write-in on both the Democratic and Republican ballots, and later winning the general election. She is a liaison to the City’s administration...

recorder of deeds

“The Mission of the Recorder of Deeds office is to preserve the integrity, accuracy and continuity of the designated public land records of the County Of Chester so that the public and businesses who work with these records can obtain accurate, timely information as efficiently as possible and thus can secure property ownership and engage in business involving real estate with confidence, now and in the future.” (Download from the County web site. Download more info here: JOB DESCRIPTION – RECORDER OF DEEDS)

Recorder of Deeds: Chris Pielli

Recorder of Deeds: Chris Pielli

Chris Pielli is a West Goshen Township Supervisor, and has been twice elected Democratic State Committeeperson. Chris is a U.S. Army veteran and a longtime Chester County resident. He attended Temple University Law School while working at the Chester County Prison...

register of wills / Clerk of the Orphans’ Court

The Register of Wills is responsible for probating wills and granting letters of administration in cases where persons die without leaving a will. The Register has jurisdiction over and maintains records of wills, inventory of estates and other miscellaneous documents. The Register is the Commonwealth’s agent for the collection of the state inheritance tax. The Clerk of the Orphans’ Court accepts filings for Orphans’ Court matters as well as the required inventory and annual reports filed by court-appointed guardians of an adult person who has been adjudicated incapacitated.

Register of Wills: Michele Vaughn

Register of Wills: Michele Vaughn

As a business and technology leader, Michele Vaughn has over 30 years of management experience. In her current position as a Consumer Medical Technology Leader, she is responsible for shaping IT strategies, managing projects and developing programs. Michele plans to...

sheriff

The Sheriff is the chief law enforcement officer in the County. S/he has theuthority to appoint deputies as necessary to properly transact the business of the office. While a sheriff’s primary responsibilities are to the courts, s/he has arrest powers and the authority to enforce the criminal and vehicle laws of Pennsylvania. Download more info here: JOB DESCRIPTION – COUNTY SHERIFF.

Sheriff: Fredda Maddox

Sheriff: Fredda Maddox

Fredda Maddox is one of the first women to serve as a Pennsylvania State Trooper in Chester County. A Narcotics Agent for the Bureau of Narcotics in the PA Office of the Attorney General, she served in the Bureau of Criminal Investigations as a Special Agent. Fredda...

PA Superior Court

Two 10-year terms will be on the ballot for Superior Court, the state appellate court that hears appeals in criminal and most civil cases from the Courts of Common Pleas as well as appeals involving children and families. See more here. Click on a name below before trying to follow links.

PA Superior Court: Daniel McCaffery

PA Superior Court: Daniel McCaffery

A lifelong Philadelphian, Judge Daniel D. McCaffery was born and raised in Northeast Philadelphia. Dan’s father was a printer while his mother was a custodial worker for the School District of Philadelphia. After graduating from high school, Dan served on active duty...

PA Superior Court: Amanda Green-Hawkins

PA Superior Court: Amanda Green-Hawkins

A product of the public school system, Amanda earned her BA from Duke University and worked three jobs while studying at Northeastern University School of Law. After clerking for the “toughest” Superior Court judge in New Jersey, Amanda chose to fight for working...

PA Supreme and Commonwealth Courts

The terms of two judges on the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court and no judges on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court are set to expire in January 2020. Those two judges have not announced that they will not be requesting renewal on the November 5, 2019, ballot. Therefore there will be no vote on these two courts in the 2019 primary election.

Download more information on all 3 PA statewide courts here: PA courts description.

 

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