A celebratory breakfast was held in West Chester on December 6 with, at first glance, some unlikely guests – boilermakers and newly elected state officials; bricklayers and Chester County Democratic Committee (CCDC) officers. In fact, the gathering of about 50 persons at Saloon 151 on Gay Street was a meeting of old friends. Labor and Chester County Democrats have been working together for years to elect a mutual slate of candidates. The tremendous wins of the 2018 Midterms, only a few weeks ago, was cause for a thank you meal.
“The men and women of Philadelphia Building Trades and all of organized labor for that matter,” explained Brian McGinnis, former CCDC Chair and now CCDC’s Labor liaison, “are a major reason for the recent success in electing Democrats to public office in Chester County. When we advance a pro labor agenda, we win, labor wins, and our communities win!”
Indeed, members representing sheet metal workers, steamfitters, plumbers, bricklayers, boilermakers, carpenters, transport workers and electricians worked side-by-side with county Democratic candidates for the PA Statehouse and PA Senate to get out the vote.
The results, as everyone now knows, were historic! Democrats swept Chester County, winning six of the nine PA House seats. And winning two, now all, of the PA Senate seats that incorporate Chester County. For the first time, ever, Chester County has a Democratic majority delegation in Harrisburg.
CCDC Chairman Dick Bingham warmly greeted every union representative. He, along with the Chester County elected delegation, thanked them for their tireless support over the years. Their unwavering volunteerism and financial support paid off incredibly in 2018. Together the crowd agreed to continue the “blue wave” with more victories in 2019 and beyond.