excerpts from “A suburban tide against Trump could sink his election bid” by Susan Page, USA TODAY, 9/13/16:
… But Democrats have become increasingly competitive in the suburban counties, which include about a third of the state’s voters. In 2012, Romney lost the other three and carried Chester by just two-tenths of a percentage point, the closest margin in the state.
Or, as West Chester Mayor Carolyn Comitta, a Democrat, ruefully recalls: “529 votes.”…
Comitta, who is challenging three-term Republican incumbent Dan Truitt for the state House of Representatives, enthusiastically backs Clinton. But she generally tries to talk about local and state issues, not the national race, as she campaigns. She stops by the farmers market after a morning of walking door-to-door on this recent day, distributing fliers that don’t mention party affiliation, instead describing her as “Mom. Educator. Mayor.”
“I hear from some people who love her, some people who would never vote for her, and some who will vote for her because they can’t imagine Trump being president,” she says of Clinton. “Because the two candidates are so polarizing, and I have to win my race, I’m not going there. … That’s a whole other conversation.”…
read the full article, including quotes from other Chester County residents, at USA TODAY
Every week, we meet new volunteers willing to pound the pavement and make countless phone calls to ensure all of 156 will know which box to check on November 8th. Additionally, we are always happy to see our repeat volunteers- your dedication to Carolyn’s race is unwavering!
Whether you are a veteran Carolyn volunteer, or you have not yet experienced the excitement that a check in the “STRONG DEM” box from a moderate Republican brings, we need your help this week.
Join us at Carolyn’s home on Tuesday, 9/20 at 5:30 p.m. It is ok if you arrive late or have to leave early, we have lists and phones ready! Please respond to this email if you plan on attending.
DAY OF ACTION- CANVASSING/ 2 SHIFTS
We understand hectic weekend schedules, therefore, this upcoming Saturday the 24th, we will have 2 canvassing shifts. The 1st shift will run from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and the 2nd shift will run from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Plan to meet at Carolyn’s at 10 a.m. and/or 2 p.m. for a rally that includes scripts, lists, clipboards, palm cards and pins.
You are the key to the success of this election!
Field Coordinator- Carolyn Comitta for State Representative 156
The Democratic Combined Campaign in Chester County offers many opportunities every day between now and the election. A lot of them are in West Chester, since the Clinton HQ is at 127 N. Church St. These events will benefit all Dem candidates, as the campaigns have a combined Get Out The Vote strategy to the benefit of all.
To find out all options, click here. Then to pitch in to this vital effort, enter your location, time frame, type of event, and desired radius (10 miles is the lowest) and sign up for what you can.
These four types of events reach out particularly to voters in the Borough:
Register Voters at West Chester University
Many days through Mon, Oct 17, 11:00am – 2:00pm or later, through Oct. 11
Start at Lawrence Hall, 705 S New St.
Turning out the vote at West Chester University will be essential in this election!
West Chester Voter Registration
Many days: lunch time, afternoon, or evening, through Oct. 11
Start at 127 N Church St.
To win in November, we need to make sure as many potential voters are registered to vote as possible.
West Chester Canvass
Many times avabilable.
Start at 127 N Church St.
Neighbors talking to neighbors is the most effective way to encourage people to vote. Join us as we knock doors and talk with our supporters face-to-face.
West Chester Phone Bank
Many evenings 5:30-8:30 p.m. or Sundays 3:00pm – 6:00pm
127 N Church St.
Don’t forget also similar events for individual candidates, notably Mayor Carolyn Comitta running for PA House 156. Volunteer to canvass, phone bank, or register voters for her campaign here.
By Pete Bannan, Daily Local News, 8/21/16
WEST CHESTER >> Members of the community turned out for the 6th annual Charles A. Melton Arts & Education Center’s Community Unity Day Sunday.
In addition to youth basketball, plenty of food and great music, the highlight of the day was the unveiling and public signing of the Greater West Chester Code of Community Values Resolution and Pledge.
In part, the pledge reads:
“Whereas, the people of Greater West Chester value safety and security; we agree to come together when incidents that may be a result of hatred or discrimination based on race, color, national and ethnic origin, citizenship status, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, disability, age and economic status.
Whereas, the community of West Chester values equality not just through policy and protocol but in how we treat each other in our daily lives; we agree to address issues of concern brought to our attention…”
“…as people of good will, we will not tolerate hateful speech or actions toward any individual or group in our community. “
West Chester Mayor Carolyn Comitta said the pledge came in response to several recent local incidents targeting the African-American community. Three cases of hate speech were found at John O. Green Memorial Park in the borough as well as incidents of racist speech at area high schools.
Comitta said members of the community realized it was important to come together to spell out greater West Chester’s commitment to being a welcoming community for all….
read more at Daily Local News
West Chester, Pennsylvania, August 17, 2016
On behalf of the West Chester NAACP and the Mayor of West Chester, the community of greater West Chester is formally invited to participate in the Signing Ceremony of the Greater West Chester Code of Community Values Resolution and Pledge. This ceremony will take place during the Charles A. Melton Arts & Education Center’s annual Community Unity Day, this Sunday, August 21st at 3pm.
Over the past few months, greater West Chester’s most diverse community leaders have come together to reaffirm our core values. Together their work resulted in creating a Pledge that spells out greater West Chester’s commitment to being an inclusive and welcoming community.
Mayor Comitta stated, “West Chester’s strength lies in our diversity. We are proud to be an inclusive, welcoming community and will always pledge to stand together and take action to make sure every one of our neighbors feels safe and welcome here.”
The Pledge was created in response to several recent local racist incidents targeting the African/American community during a time in our country when anti-Muslim rhetoric, the immigration debate and police/community tension causes great concern.
In the spirit of this agreement, we welcome your participation by both signing the Pledge and assisting us in assuring that greater West Chester remains a welcoming community for all. In recognizing that actions speak, an Action Plan has been outlined and is attached to the Pledge.
We look forward to seeing you this Sunday and will be available for any questions you may have.
Carolyn T. Comitta, Mayor
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