WEST CHESTER — Josh Maxwell, three-term mayor of Downingtown, has announced his candidacy for Chester County Commissioner.
Maxwell, 35, addressed a crowd of supporters from the steps of the Old Historic West Chester Courthouse last Saturday as he made his announcement public.
“We have an opportunity in Chester County that we have never seen before,” Maxwell, a Democrat, said during his speech. “Chester County has never elected two Democrats to this countywide office. I believe that we need two qualified candidates that can both campaign to win, but also able to govern effectively. When we elect active, energetic people to office, we can get things done.”
Also speaking at the event were Jessica Weingarten of Tredyffrin, Michele Smith of Downingtown, and President of the Pennsylvania High School Democrats Saira Salyani of Malvern.
“I believe that when people are politically engaged at a young age, they are more likely to be frequent voters in the future,” Salyani said. “We need the new perspectives and diverse ideas they bring. A few years ago, Josh Maxwell was the youngest person to ever be elected mayor of Downingtown. He is dedicated to empowering all voices in the democratic process. I am excited to support Josh Maxwell for County Commissioner because I believe change arises from local progress.”
Longtime Downingtown resident Michele Smith testified to Maxwell’s dedication to community, speaking of the time she called him after her house was broken into “and he put up a shield for me out there on the porch — he did it himself. As one of the not so young, but not too old persons, I’m here representing senior citizens,” she said. “I’m here because I believe in Josh Maxwell,” Smith said. “I’m here because I trust Josh Maxwell. I’m here because I’m comfortable voting for Josh Maxwell.”
Maxwell noted his accomplishments as mayor of Downingtown include negotiating the largest public and private investment in borough history for the transit revitalization project and Amtrak/SEPTA station, signing into law requirements for police officers to be trained on resources available to survivors of domestic violence and non-discrimination ordinances in support of the LGBTQ community, and speaking at numerous community organizations to support families affected by pipeline development….
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