Posted by: wcdem2 | April 24, 2017

2017 candidates on your May 16 West Chester Dem ballot

For statewide (judges), countywide (row offices), and Magisterial District Judge candidates, see CCDC.

Wards 3, 6, and 7 will include the Dem candidate for Magisterial District Judge, Bret Binder (Facebook here). Note that MDJ candidates can crossfile; thus Bret’s opponent, a Republican, is on the Dem ballot. Wards 1, 2, 4, and 5 have no MDJ race this year.

The Dem candidate for School Board Director (region 1) is incumbent Joyce Chester. For more on Joyce, see West Goshen Dems’ candidate page.

There will be 3 candidates for mayor on the ballot (the WC Dem Committee has not made an endorsement):

Dianne Herrin. Web site. Facebook.
Kyle Hudson. Web site. Facebook.
Cassandra Jones.

There are 4 Borough Council races. The Dem candidates are all currently serving:

ward 1: Bill Scott
ward 3: Mike Galey
ward 5: Don Braceland
ward 7: Denise Polk

Ward 7 also has a SPECIAL ELECTION to fill out the remainder of that Borough Council term, through this year. Please write in Denise M. Polk.

There are also contests for Judge of Elections and Inspector of Elections. In some precincts your committeepersons or candidates may ask you to write in a name if there is none printed on the ballot.

You can download the official ballot specimens in all Chesco precincts here (West Chester’s 8 precincts are at the end of the download). Your committeeperson should be bringing you a sample ballot marked to show our recommendations. Order of names on the ballot is determined by lottery, not by alphabetical order.

FYI, according to the WC Dem bylaws, “In a primary election, all committeepersons may publicly support primary candidates of their choice” (V.6). However, committeepersons in each precinct agree on one joint committeeperson handout to voters. The winner of each race becomes our official endorsed candidate in the November 7 general election.

Be an informed voter! Please read handouts carefully and talk to your committeepersons and candidates or their representatives at the polls.

Posted by: wcdem2 | April 28, 2017

WCDems spring party & fundraiser, May 11

West Chester Dems spring fundraiser, May 11 at Sprout, 5:30-8:00 PM.

Sprout Music Collective
130 East Prescott Alley (behind Roots)
West Chester, PA

Thursday, May 11, 5:30-8:00 PM
$40 ($50 at Door)
$25 ($30 at Door) for Students

Our annual Spring Party is on May 11, just five days before the primary election on May16. It is a chance to meet our great candidates and help support our work to get them elected.

We look forward to the rebirth of the Democratic Party and wins in 2017 and 2018. To make that happen, we’re working hard now to elect these Democrats. from Borough Council and the School Board to County and State office.

Sprout, one of the Borough’s hottest spots, is known for both great music and great food from the affiliated Roots Cafe. Your donation covers food and your first drink at the bar.

You can pay via our donation page (see Tickets link) or at the door. Tickets are $40 ($50 at the door), or $25 ($30 at the door) for students.

RSVP to or call 484-266-0241. Or

You may also pay via PayPal at, or send payment and the info below to:
West Chester Borough Democratic Committee
c/o Kristin Gerling, Treasurer
37 South High Street
West Chester, PA 19382


Posted by: wcdem2 | April 21, 2017

Remember the Ladies, May 4, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

State Representative Carolyn Comitta works for you!! You are her strongest supporters and helped to elect her to the Pennsylvania State House so she could advocate for the issues of concern to you! She’s only just begun to make a difference in what we all know has been a very fractured, partisan, ineffective state legislature. That is why it is so important to make sure she stays in office, to represent you!!

To ensure Carolyn’s re-election in 2018, we are hosting the second annual Remember the Ladies fundraising event in support of Carolyn’s campaign. Will we see you there?

This event will take place on May 4th, 5:30-7:30pm at Milestone Events. Your continued support will make all the difference in her chances to win reelection in 2018. To sign up online, please use this link, which will take you to the donation page.

As most of you are well aware, Carolyn’s race for State Representative was won by the slimmest of margins ( 25 Votes!!). Recent analysis of voter registration shows this district with 37% registered Democrats, 17% Independents and 46% Republicans. She beat the odds by winning this seat, because of supporters like you!!

The 2018 campaign to hold this seat has begun!! Our second annual Remember the Ladies (and the gents who support the ladies) will be held on May 4th, from 5:30-7:30pm at Milestone Events, 600 E. Market Street, West Chester. Many of you were able to attend last year and we hope you and others who missed it will be able to attend this year.

Posted by: wcdem2 | April 20, 2017

Michael Stefano joins West Chester Borough Council

By Bill Rettew, Daily Local news, 4/19/17

WEST CHESTER >> Borough Council chose teacher Michael Stefano to serve as a member of council.

He will replace Jordan Norley who resigned to take the job as mayor.

Two other candidates, Rachel Widmayer and Sue Bayne, were also interviewed but unsuccessfully sought to fill the Ward 4 seat, at Tuesday’s work session.

All three interviewees are Democrats. Ward 4 is located in the southeast part of the borough. The ward is predominately composed of Democratic voters. As an appointee, Stafano will serve until January. The new councilman said he will seek to then fill the remaining two years of Norley’s term which runs through December 2019, in the November election.

Stefano said the major issues he will face include: parking issues, relations with the university and communication with borough members….

read more at Daily Local news

Posted by: wcdem2 | April 20, 2017

Norley tapped as new West Chester mayor

by Bill Rettew, Daily Local News, 4/14/17

WEST CHESTER >>Jordan Norley will replace Carolyn Comitta as mayor of the borough.

At a special meeting Thursday night, West Chester Borough Council also picked businessman Bernard Flynn to fill in through December for retired councilman Jim Jones in Ward 6.

Comitta resigned as mayor with about eight months left on her term after she won election to the state Legislature a representative for the 156th District….

read more at Daily Local News

Posted by: wcdem2 | April 19, 2017

Redistricting: Why Are Districts So Crazy?

See a short video by Amanda Holt, whose sensible citizen-oriented redistricting plan for the state after the 2010 census helped save West Chester from dismemberment between 2 PA House districts, at

For more background and a proposed redistricting reform, see also FairDistrictsPA.

Posted by: wcdem2 | April 16, 2017

Binder back on GOP ballot in MDJ race

By Michael Rellahan, Daily Local News, 4/10/17

A decision by a state appellate court means that an East Bradford Democrat’s name will appear on both parties’ ballots for a magisterial district judge seat in West Chester in next month’s primary election.

The Commonwealth Court on Friday overruled an order by a Common Pleas judge in March removing Bret Binder’s name from the Republican ballot, stating that the trial court judge had incorrectly interpreted requirements for ballot challenges mandated by a previous decision in an election case.

President Judge Jacqueline Carroll Cody had ruled that those objecting to Binder’s nominating petitions did not have to list specific information about petition location of the signatures they were contesting as invalid. In fact, Commonwealth Judge Patricia McCullough wrote in a nine-page decision, they did.

“I am pleased that the Commonwealth Court correctly applied the law and reinstated me on the Republican ballot” said Binder in a press release. “I am grateful that Republican voters will now have the opportunity to vote for me in the primary, and support my plan to bring fresh ideas to the magisterial district court. If elected, I will serve with integrity and treat everyone equally and fairly under the law.”…

keep reading at Daily Local News

April 13: Special Meeting to interview and perhaps appoint 6th Ward Representative and Mayor to serve out 2017 terms.

See resumes here.

Interim Mayor Interviews 6:00 p.m. – Holly Brown 6:15 p.m. – Kyle Hudson 6:30 p.m. – Tom Chambers 6:45 p.m. – Jordan Norley 7:00 p.m. – Deliberation and possible action on appointment

Ward 6 Council Representative Interviews 7:15 p.m. – Bernard Flynn 7:30 p.m. – Dale Frens 7:45 p.m. – Eugene Goldman 8:00 p.m. Deliberation and possible action on appointment

401 East Gay Street
West Chester, PA 19380

by Bill Rettew, Daily Local News, 4/1/17

WEST CHESTER >> The world is full of lovers and fighters.

Former borough councilwoman, mayor and newly elected state Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-156, is both. There’s a small bit of fighter in her DNA, but she loves helping people, which is what propelled her into public service.

The first thing you notice when entering Comitta’s new office is a pair of boxing gloves sitting on her desk.

The gloves were a gift from her husband, Tom Comitta, a town planner.

“A year after I became mayor, I realized that I had a lot of work to do,” she said. “I went to Tom and said, ‘It’s time to put on the boxing gloves.’”

When children visit they often want to know about the gloves.

“I put them on the desk to remind me to fight for the best interests of the citizens and to remind me that it sometimes takes a lot of effort to move forward,” Comitta said.

Comitta stepped down from her seat as West Chester Mayor March 15 after serving as the leader of the borough for almost eight years.

A one-term councilmember and two-term mayor, she is proudest of her ability to bring people together for collaboration….

read more at Daily Local News

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Posted by: wcdem2 | March 26, 2017

Redistricting is the bipartisan issue of the year

If you missed the prior forums in Exton and West Chester…

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