2019 COUNTYWIDE DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES

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

CCDC wishes all candidates to have a fair chance to make their case for election. Up until the primary election, posting of information in our web site or other 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. This page shows known countywide Dem candidates but may change over time. Offices are in alphabetical order, as are candidates for each office. We are grateful to all who participate, by running for office, in the process on which our democracy depends.

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.

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...

Josh Maxwell

Josh Maxwell

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 been an active advocate for the environment, infrastructure...

Marian Moskowitz

Marian Moskowitz

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.

Bret Binder

Bret Binder

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...

Matt Holt

Matt Holt

Matt wants to improve court access for low income individuals, eliminate sentencing disparities, and deliver justice more efficiently. He believes our courts must preserve freedom of expression and religion, individual privacy, and ensure due process for all. Matt...

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...

Alita Rovito

Alita Rovito

Alita believes that a good judge must possess impeccable personal integrity, a love of service, and the background to apply the law with fairness and respect. Her professional experiences, both in front of and from behind the bench, as well as serving as an educator...

Analisa Sondergaard

Analisa Sondergaard

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...

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

Deb Ryan

Deb Ryan is a veteran prosecutor who has dedicated her career to fighting for justice on behalf of victims, survivors, and their families. During her 15 years at the Philadelphia and Chester County District Attorneys’ Offices, she successfully prosecuted thousands of...

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.

Debbie Bookman

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...

Joe Heffern

Joe Heffern

Joe Heffern is an attorney with the law firm of Rogers Castor. He has over 15 years of civil litigation experience in courts around the country. Prior to joining Rogers Castor, Joe practiced law for over a decade at the international law firm Dechert LLP. Joe has...

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

Chris Pielli

Chris Pielli is a West Goshen Township Supervisor, and 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 where he was...

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.

Lisa Longo

Lisa Longo

A proven leader with over 25 years of executive management experience, Lisa is ready to take on the challenges of the Register of Wills. As an elected official, Lisa has guided the budget process for a district whose budget is nearly $100 million annually. Lisa was...

Michele Vaughn

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.

Daniel Boyle

Daniel Boyle

Dan has dedicated his life to service and equitable treatment for all. Born in Chadds Ford, he attended UCF School District, received his BS in Management Information Systems at Penn State, MBA at Villanova, JD at Widener Law School, and Master of Laws at Villanova...

Joe Lunsford

Joe Lunsford

Joe Lunsford has been working for Chester County since 1985. As the Sheriff of Chester County, he would implement financial transparency, use his experience to protect the public, and restore the integrity of the office. Starting work at the County Prison as a...

Fredda Maddox

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...

Michael Sarro

Michael Sarro

Michael Sarro served in the U.S. Military for nine years. Mike is a paramedic and part-time police officer whose public service also includes nearly four years in the Sheriff’s office. He is a long-time Chester County resident who understands what is needed to move...

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.

Ryan James

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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.

Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation; and this means we must develop a world perspective.

~ Martin Luther King Jr.

Register to Vote

Last day to register before the 2019 primary election is April 22, 2019.

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