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Overview of 2021 races

The following countywide offices will be on the 2021 ballot; soon we will start a page on this site to show candidates as they declare their intentions. We indicate incumbents whose term is expiring, although it is possible that not all incumbents will run for reelection.

• Chesco Court of Common Pleas (2 open seats are currently expected)
• County Clerk of Courts (Incumbent: Yolanda Van de Krol, D)
• County Controller (Incumbent: Margaret Reif, D)
• County Coroner (Incumbent: Christina VandePol, D)
• County Treasurer (Incumbent: Patricia Maisano, D)

The following non-countywide seats will be up for election in 2021:

• Magisterial District Judge (1/3 of seats in the County; see all 18 Chesco districts here)
• School Board Directors (1/2 of seats on each board; see all 14 districts partly or wholly in Chesco here)
• Municipal Supervisor or Mayor and Borough Council (1/2 or 1/3 of seats)
• Some other local officials such as Township Auditors, Tax Collectors, Judges of Elections, and Constables.

If you wish to receive a list of specific non-countywide seats open and current office-holders in your districts, contact your local Dem zone leadership.

How does the process of running for office work?

If you’d like to fill out a form to request CCDC training and support, see here.

• Consult others, decide if you would like to run and for which office, start to gather support, set up social media.

• Form an advisory team.

• Start gathering signatures to get your name on the ballot (but not before the first permitted day, usually in mid-February). We do not yet know if signature-gathering procedures will be altered due to Covid-19 in 2021.

• Ask for CCDC endorsement at the Nomination Convention, usually in February. Winning that endorsement is useful, but CCDC helps all candidates to get their names before the public.

• If CCDC does not endorse for that office, then you can ask zone committees for endorsement.

• The winners of the primary election in May (April in presidential years) become the party’s candidates for the general election.

• Then come six months of campaigning to win in November. Of course, our candidates get lots of support from the party and the grassroots.

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