If you missed the prior forums in Exton and West Chester…
By Fran Maye, Daily Local News, 3/01/17
WEST CHESTER >> Cassandra Jones, a former two-term West Chester councilwoman, has announced her candidacy for mayor of West Chester.
“I think I am the best qualified candidate,” said Jones, who completed her second four-year term as a member of West Chester Borough Council, representing Ward 2, in December of 2015. “I want to continue to work on issues I have been working on for the past eight years, and to make sure there are financial resources available to all the wards.”
During her first term, Jones worked with borough colleagues on many projects including successfully closing a $1 million budget deficit without borrowing from reserve funds, resulting in a balanced budget for 2012.
In her last four-year term, voter registrations increased by 41 percent in Ward 2, representing the largest increase in any ward in the borough. She worked with citizens, borough officials and business leaders to develop the recently approved 10-year comprehensive plan. She has also worked to determine the best redevelopment ideas for the Wyeth property.
Since the mayor oversees the police department, Jones said Police Chief Scott Bohn has done a great job, but she would like to see a bit more diversity….
read more at Daily Local News
Tonight I submitted my resignation as Mayor of West Chester. This is a bittersweet moment, as I transition away from a position I have loved for almost 8 years. But I am not leaving you. As your State Representative, serving the 156th Legislative District, I continue to keep my focus on those of you living in the Borough, while expanding that focus to others living in our neighboring townships.
In Harrisburg, my Committee appointments are:
Aging and Older Adult Services
Environmental Resources and Energy
Recently I spoke before the Appropriations Committee to discuss our concerns surrounding pipelines. See the press release and video here.
I am pleased to announce the opening of my District Office, on March 24th, from 11am-2pm, at 21 W. Washington St., Suite A, West Chester (please see below).
Comitta to host district office open house event Friday, March 24
State Rep. Carolyn Comitta will host an open house event at her district constituent service office, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, March 24.
Her district office, which is open now, is located at 21 W. Washington St., Suite A.
The 156th Legislative District includes West Chester Borough, West Goshen, East Goshen, Westtown, Birmingham and Thornbury/Chester County.
This open house event is an opportunity to meet Comitta and her staff and to learn about the services they provide locally.
All are invited to this free event. Light refreshments will be served and no RSVP is required. Parking is also available.
“I’m excited to welcome residents of the 156th and for them to know we are here for them,” Comitta said. “We can assist with all state-related business, and refer out when necessary, so we encourage constituents to come in or contact us anytime.”
Office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
By Nathaniel Smith, The Times of Chester County
Three years ago, a candidate for the 158th district seat in the PA House withdrew from the race more than a month after the deadline to be replaced on the ballot. The court let a replacement candidate get on the ballot anyhow.
Now a candidate for West Chester Area School Board files his financial papers late and Voter Services says it is up to the School District to decide if the candidate can be on the ballot or not.
Meanwhile, a local supermarket gathers signatures to make East Bradford a liquor-friendly community and turns the petitions in to Voter Services. Many of the signers do not have East Bradford addresses; some used abbreviations and ditto marks, both not allowed; some manifestly signed for relatives; some dates are not legitimate; and in a couple of cases, someone other than the signer has changed the municipality from the actual one of residence to East Bradford….
keep reading at The Times of Chester County
The March 15 Council Meeting will begin at 7 p.m. with our Police Department Awards ceremony, which recognizes and thanks our officers for exceptional courage and professionalism in serving and protecting our community.
Mayor Comitta will take a few minutes to address Borough Council, the Police Officers and residents as she step down as Mayor to spend full time in her new role as our State Representative in Harrisburg.
There will also be recognition of ward 6 Council member Jim Jones’s last meeting, as he is stepping down to move out of town.
This is the single issue that is most holding back proper representation of PA communities in Harrisburg and Washington: politicians are choosing the voters they like rather than reflecting the will of the people.
Please sign this petition at MoveOn.
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International Women’s Day recognizes and celebrates the economic, political and social achievements of women worldwide.
“Women are the real architects of society.” Harriett Beecher Stowe
(First woman elected Mayor of West Chester…after 210 years)
Letter published in Daily Local News, 3/6/17 (not online there)
Heartfelt thanks to Carolyn Comitta, who always stands up for the health of her community. In September of 2015 when the spraying of Marshall Square Park with the pesticide Permanone was imminent, Carolyn responded to a petition signed by over 400 Borough residents asking for a delay in the application of this pesticide to our beautiful community.
Carolyn spoke with the Health Department and negotiated a waiting and fact finding period. And spraying was not conducted.
Carolyn then spearheaded a task force with representation from across the community, from borough government and the county Health Department to work together on this issue. With her support, we launched the West Chester Borough Don’t Spray Me organization to educate citizens about eliminating standing water and reducing mosquito breeding spots. We recruited 116 block captains to work with their neighbors. We were able to reduce the number of mosquitoes and we did not get sprayed last summer.
Carolyn Comitta expressed confidence in us, her constituents, and with her help and support, we succeeded. The number of mosquitoes in West Chester last summer was significantly lower than during the preceding summer and so the Health Department did not spray.
The task force is still at work with a goal of creating an outline for other communities to use in addressing mosquito and spraying challenges. In 2017 new Don’t Spray Me chapters are forming in East Bradford, West Goshen and Westtown Townships.
Thank you Carolyn for listening to your constituents and for making environmental concerns a top priority. Thank you too for being a masterful negotiator who can bring us all together to solve problems.
Margaret Hudgings, West Chester
by Janet Colliton, Daily Local News, 2/20/17
Last month I wrote regarding one of the proposed Obamacare replacements recommended by Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan. See “Obamacare Replacement – A Blast From the Past, “ Daily Local News, January 17, 2017.
Ryan recommended State High Risk Pools for people with preexisting medical conditions, a strategy that had been tried previously without real success. It is easy to understand why. If you place large numbers of people who are otherwise uninsurable into a separate plan, the premiums, if you receive coverage at all, would be prohibitive.
Now that other proposals have surfaced from members of Congress, it might make sense to revisit the topic and shed more light on a difficult subject – why is it so difficult to replace the Affordable Care Act (otherwise referred to as Obamacare) and what would a replacement, if any, look like?
First point is that the ACA was not a substitute for an otherwise finely tuned machine of health insurance coverage in the U.S. If it had been, it would have been an easy task just to go back. Instead, Obamacare, because it could not start over, had to be grafted onto an already extremely complicated health care system with lots of moving parts….
read more at Daily Local News
by Fran Maye, Daily Local News, 2/20/17
WEST CHESTER >> Kyle Hudson, local business owner and co-founder of the West Chester Cinco de Mayo Festival, has announced his candidacy for mayor of West Chester.
“Bringing people together is what it’s all about, and that’s why I am running for mayor of West Chester,” Hudson said Sunday at his official campaign launch event at Fenn’s Coffee Shop. “I’ve been involved in town for a long time, but I thought being involved in politics was bad for business. Today, I know that’s no longer an option.”
Hudson, a Democrat, told the crowd he knows what it’s like to build community.
“Just a little over three years ago I was waiting tables right down the street,” he said. “Then I got on a TV show and won a whole bunch of money. That money allowed me to get involved in our community in a way that just wasn’t possible before.”
In 2015, Hudson worked with members of West Chester’s Mexican community to host a family-friendly Cinco de Mayo Festival, with preparations underway for the festival’s third year. Hudson is also a central member of the Charles A. Melton Center’s “#PoolTogether” initiative, a project that aims to renovate the center’s swimming pool….
read more at Daily Local News
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