The Chester County (Pennsylvania) Democratic Committee believes in Freedom, Fairness, and Opportunity for all Americans, regardless of what they believe, who they are, and where they came from. Join CCDC in making Chester County a better place for all!

We have a chance to fundamentally shape the future of our country.
But that will only happen if all of us work together — starting right now.

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Every four years, the Democratic Party puts together our party platform, the ideas and beliefs that govern our party as a whole.

What follows is our 2016 platform — our most progressive platform in our party’s history and a declaration of how we plan to move America forward. Democrats believe that cooperation is better than conflict, unity is better than division, empowerment is better than resentment, and bridges are better than walls.

This party platform was voted on and passed by our membership at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in 2016. The platform will be updated and re-approved at the 2020 Democratic National Convention.

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Platform Contents

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Raise Incomes and Restore Economic Security for the Middle Class

Create Good-Paying Jobs

Fight for Economic Fairness and Against Inequality

Bring Americans Together and Remove Barriers to Opportunities

Protect Voting Rights, Fix Our Campaign Finance System, and Restore Our Democracy

Combat Climate Change, Build a Clean Energy Economy, and Secure Environmental Justice

Provide Quality and Affordable Education

Ensure the Health and Safety of All Americans

Principled Leadership

Confront Global Threats

Protect Our Values

A Leader in the World


We Celebrate Labor and our Workforce

Message from the CCDC Chair, 9/4/17

The Chester County Democratic Committee Wishes you a Happy and Safe Labor Day

It’s perhaps easy for us in the midst of holiday celebrations and the current political turmoil to forget what Labor Day is all about. Remember – the Labor Union movement brought us: the weekend (!), the 40-hour work week, fair wages and relative income equality (when most workers actually belonged to a union, that is), widespread employer-based health coverage, overtime pay, child labor laws, and the Family and Medical Leave Act. So thank a Union Member today!

We welcome Yolanda Van de Krol to our Chester County Row Office Slate of candidates

Yolanda is a longtime Paoli resident and Philadelphia-area bank executive planning to bring her administrative background, extensive volunteering experience, time and energy to the office of the Clerk of Courts. She replaces Maria Crossan, who withdrew her name in mid-August (our thanks to Maria for her efforts). Yolanda joins Treasurer candidate Pat Maisano, Margaret Reif for Controller and Christina Van de Pol for Coroner, our other incredibly talented and experienced candidates for Chester County row seats….

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The President and the Price of Gas

by Nathaniel Smith, Politics: A View from West Chester, 11/2/14

In February 2012, Newt Gingrich pledged that if elected president he would reduce the gas price to $2.50 a gallon.

Not to be outdone, his Republican colleague and intended presidential candidate
Michele Bachmann had already promised in August 2011 that she would bring us $2 gas.

Of course, the Republican line was that the high gas prices back then were all president Obama’s fault….

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