press release from CCDC

With Dick Bingham’s Announced Retirement, County Leaders Elect A New
Executive Board To Continue His Momentum For Fair, Open Elections With Integrity

West Chester, PA (June 9, 2021) – With an impressive slate of candidates certified to run on November 2, 2021, Chester County Democratic Committee (CCDC) gathered for one more important election – their own party leadership. Charlotte Valyo of Schuylkill Township was unanimously elected to serve the remaining one-year term as Chester County Democratic Committee Chair. Jerry Pyne of East Whiteland Township will now serve as CCDC Vice Chair. Theresa Soja of West Bradford won her election as Zone Leader Caucus Chair. All three join the five-member CCDC Executive Board this week.

Back in March, Dick Bingham as Chair and Marsha Peltz as Vice Chair jointly announced their retirements effective May 31, 2021. Both were elected to a four-year term until June 2022. Valyo, Pyne and Soja will each serve one year with a countywide quadrennial Organization Convention set for next summer, in accordance with CCDC’s Bylaws, for the next Executive Board term.

Voters and candidates are well aware of the historic and unprecedented growth of the county’s Democratic Party in three short years. County Democrats are now the majority in West Chester, in Harrisburg and in Washington, DC. It was an unthinkable goal to have a Democratic Congresswoman, four Democratic State Senators and six Democratic State Representatives plus every single county Row Officer minus one reserved for the minority party. It was just a year ago on May 14, 2020 when the Daily Local News banner headline proclaimed Chester County had flipped to ‘blue.’ Since then Democratic party registration has soared as neighbors fled the Republican party for fairness and opportunity, mottos of the Chester County Dems.

Valyo most recently served as Zone Leader Caucus Chair, a coalition of the 20 geographic zones that cover every voting precinct in the county. She served on the 5-member Executive Board and as the Zone 11 Northern Chester County Zone Leader. Pyne served as CCDC’s Systems Administrator and as Zone 13 East Whiteland/Charlestown Dems Zone Leader. Soja was elected as Zone 7 Bradford Dems Zone Leader. All have played a key role in Chester County Democrats’ incredible rise.

“Science, truth, social responsibility, acting for the common good are all values we stand for in the county and in the nation,” expressed incoming Chair Valyo. “We have been set up for success by those who led before me. CCDC owns its own building on High Street in West Chester, we are about to hire a full time Executive Director, and our membership and voter registration continue to swell as the public realizes the damage bad leaders can inflict and great leaders can heal.”

Echoed former Chair Dick Bingham, known as Dr. Richard Bingham, Ph.D. to his Dupont colleagues, “I am extremely proud of our neighbors who took the chance to run for political office, many for the first time. We all care deeply about our community. Politics is a rough business and CCDC is an all-volunteer organization. At the top, we “worked” 52 weeks a year, nights and weekends as our trajectory soared. In my mind, that just became untenable. I am thankful for Charlotte’s commitment to serve out my term and know that we are in excellent hands as we march to victory in November. She has my unwavering support.”

Among the hundreds of 2021 municipal openings, the Chester County Democratic slate for November features:

PA Supreme Court: Maria McLaughlin

PA Superior Court: Timika Lane

PA Commonwealth Court: Lori Dumas and David Spurgeon

Chester County Treasurer (incumbent): Patricia Maisano

Chester County Controller (incumbent): Margaret Reif

Chester County Clerk of Courts (incumbent): Yolanda Van de Krol

Chester County Coroner: Sophia Garcia-Jackson

Court of Common Pleas: Alita Rovito and Tony Verwey

Magisterial District Judges

15-1-01         Marc J Lieberman
15-1-02         Mackenzie W Smith
15-1-03         Gregory V Hines (incumbent)
15-1-04         Marian Vito (incumbent)
15-2-07         Paige Simmons
15-4-01         Lauren Holt
15-4-02         Ann M Feldman
15-4-04         Bobby Brown

West Chester Borough Mayor: Lillian DeBaptiste

The General Election is Tuesday, November 2. For up-to-date information on the candidates and ways residents can get involved, visit


The Chester County Democratic Committee believes in Freedom, Fairness and Opportunity for all Americans regardless of what they believe, who they are, or where they came from. Find them online at

(photo: new CCDC Chair Charlotte Valyo)

CONTACT:     Bill Phifer, Communications Chair
Chester County Democratic Committee
[email protected]
(484) 639-2345


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