Congratulations to new Borough Council members and officers

Congratulations to Diane LeBold (ward 2) and Jim Jones (ward 4) on their election to Borough Council, and to Jordan Norley (ward 4) for his reelection.

And congratulations to new Borough Council president Ellen Koopman and vice president Jordan Norley.

Here is the new list, with polling places (primary election: April 26 – please vote!).

810 WEST CHESTER 1, Bill Scott
Mary Taylor House, Community Room 1st Floor, 326 N. Walnut Street

820 WEST CHESTER 2E, Diane LeBold
West Chester Community Center, 501 E. Miner Street

825 WEST CHESTER 2W, Diane LeBold
West Chester Borough Hall, Room 240, 401 E. Gay Street

835 WEST CHESTER 3, Brian Abbott
Reformed Presbyterian Church, 312 W. Union St. (SW corner at S. New St.)

842 WEST CHESTER 4, Jordan Norley (Vice President, Borough Council)
Borough Garage, 205 Lacey Street

846 WEST CHESTER 5, Don Braceland
Lawrence Hall, West Chester Univ., 705 S. New Street (park and enter in back)

850 WEST CHESTER 6, Jim Jones
First Presbyterian Church, 130 W. Miner Street

860 WEST CHESTER 7, Ellen Koopman (President, Borough Council)
West Chester Public Library, 415 N. Church Street


Local Judicial Candidate’s Success Gains International Attention

by Brian McGinnis, Chester County Dem chair

It’s big news: Jon Long, a candidate for Magisterial District Judge in West Chester, gained national and even some international notoriety recently when he secured a conviction and a guilty plea from a man accused of faking his disabilities and lying about it under oath.

The man who pled guilty had filed more than 30 lawsuits against municipalities and government officials in our neighboring Bucks County. He often sought damages based on blatant lies about his physical condition. To any of us with friends and family living with disabilities, it’s despicable.

Read more about the story of Jon’s victory in court, and share with your friends in West Chester. Remind them to VOTE Jon Long for Magisterial District Judge.

Tuesday Nov. 3, voters in West Chester will head to the polls to select their next judge. I’ve had the opportunity to know Jon personally, and I can tell you that he is the kind of leader who has the character and integrity to serve with honor on the bench. Cases like this one show that Jon will be tough but impartial as our next Magisterial District Judge.

Share Jon’s story and help to spread the word of this important victory, then VOTE Jon Long for Magisterial District Judge tomorrow.

Thank you for all you do.


Brian J. McGinnis
Chairman, Chester County Democratic Committee

Norley, Jones claim wins in West Chester

By Candice Monhollan, Daily Local News, 5/20/15

WEST CHESTER >> Jordan Norley, president of Borough Council, appeared to have retained his seat by fighting off a primary challenge for the Democratic nomination, while Vice President Stephen Shinn was instead defeated by his opponent.

With voting in Ward 4 completed, Norley tallied 51 votes to challenger Sue Bayne’s 27, appearing to give him a 63 percent win for stay in the council.

“My supporters clearly came out and made the victory possible,” Norley said. “I appreciate both them as well as everyone who came to vote.”

For race in Ward 6, former council member Jim Jones appears to have reclaimed a seat with 69 votes to Shinn’s 66. With the razor-close tally, there will almost certainly be a recount.

“I saw people show up who clearly were going to vote for my opponent and I wasn’t sure what the count was going to be by the time the day was over,” Jones said. “I was real pleased to see how it turned out. It was close on the Democratic side.”…

keep reading at Daily Local News

Think and ask before you vote

Letter from Suzanne Adams, Daily Local News, 5/19/15

As the primary elections approach and we must choose not between red and blue but between people of similar political persuasion, it’s useful to think more deeply about what makes a good leader. Democracy is a precious thing and democratic leadership requires that one bear the burden of leadership while remaining the servant of the people. Responsibility and humility — qualities which can be difficult to reconcile — but they are the foundation of successful leadership in a democracy.

The style is called, not surprisingly, “servant leadership” and Robert Greenleaf has written extensively about it. He notes, “The servant-leader is servant first … It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead….

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