2019 COUNTYWIDE DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES
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This page shows COUNTYWIDE (including statewide) Dem candidates who won the May 21 2019 primary and therefore are the party’s endorsed candidates for the Nov. 5 2019 general election.
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Please click on each candidate’s name or photo below 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.
Mayor Josh Maxwell is a lifelong resident of Chester County, and is serving in his 3rd term as Downingtown’s mayor. First elected in 2010 as Downingtown's youngest mayor at the age of 26, Mayor Maxwell has actively supported the environment, infrastructure investment,...
Marian has dedicated the last 28 years to growing and strengthening our community. As a responsible local developer, Marian revitalizes properties to benefit all members of the community. She recently redeveloped an abandoned factory in Phoenixville into a unique...
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.
Analisa Sondergaard, a 1994 graduate of Temple University School of Law, spent 7 years as a prosecutor at the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office and the next 17 years as a civil litigator. In 2011, she was elected to serve as Magisterial District Judge in...
Bret defeated an 18-year incumbent in 2017 to become the Magisterial District Judge in District 15-1-01, the busiest magisterial district court in Chester County. He is also a local attorney and the founder and managing partner of Binder & Canno, LLC, as well as 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...
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.
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)
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.
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...
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.
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.
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...
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.
““Democracy is not a state. It is an act, and each generation must do its part.” -- Sen. John Lewis, posthumous editorial
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