Former West Chester Mayor Jordan Norley looks back on term

by Bill Rettew, Daily Local News, 1/14/18

WEST CHESTER >> With a twinkle in his eye and a smile on his face, former Mayor Jordan Norley talked about marching in parades.

He said the best part of the job during his eight-month term as mayor was high-fiving the kids lined up on sidewalk, along the parade route.

“It would make their day,” Norley said. “They would light up.”

Norley filled in for former Mayor Carolyn Comitta who was elected as a state representative for the 156th District. Dianne Herrin took over as mayor on Jan. 2, after being elected in November.

Norley was also president and vice president of borough council during a five-year stint as a borough councilman.

As the youngest and only person to hold both positions, Norley, 37, said he has a unique perspective as council president, part of the legislative branch of local government, and mayor, with the executive branch….

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Mayor and Borough Council sworn in

West Chester’s new Mayor Dianne Herrin and Borough Council members at their swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 2. We are proud to say that all of these public servants are Democrats and six out of eight are current or former members of the West Chester Democratic Committee. Photo by Jim Salvas.

See also Bill Rettew, “Dianne Herrin sworn in as new mayor,” Daily Local News, 1/3/18

Dianne Herrin elected mayor of West Chester

By Bill Rettew Jr., Daily Local News, 11/07/17

WEST CHESTER >> Energy efficiency consultant Dianne Herrin overwhelmingly defeated Realtor Tommy Ciccarone Jr. in Tuesday’s election and will become the borough’s next mayor.

With all but one precinct counted, Herrin, a Democrat, collected 1,863 votes, or 72 percent of the vote, while Republican Ciccarone finished with a tally of 700 votes for 27 percent.

All vote totals are unofficial until certified by the county board of elections.

Herrin will take over the reins from Mayor Jordan Norley, who decided not to run….

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Herrin for Mayor’s Borough Briefs: Tomorrow is Election Day!

Tomorrow is election day, and I’d like to take this opportunity to tell you why I hope you will vote Herrin for Mayor! My campaign manager, a WCU senior majoring in political science, and I have knocked 1,000 doors since we started this campaign in January.

We have experienced firsthand our diverse community.

We have heard great ideas and been inspired by the time and effort so many of you give to our community every day, simply because you care.

As your next Mayor, I will celebrate this greatness.

I will also seek balanced, smart solutions to our issues.

I will work to unite, not divide, us and improve our quality of life.

The only way I can be your Mayor is if you VOTE for HERRIN tomorrow (Tuesday Nov. 7)!

See the summary below, which demonstrates my commitment to West Chester.

Thank you for your support!!

With Gratitude,



Borough Resident 17 years.

Current Employment
VP, Practical Energy Solutions, a Borough-based energy efficiency consulting firm in operation for 12 years.

Supporters + Endorsements
Carolyn Comitta, Holly Brown, Richard May, Ray Ott, Kate Shaw, and 30+ more.

Read their statements here.

Service to West Chester Borough Government
12 years as Chair/member of 4 government committees.
12 years as a successful advocate for residents’ quality of life.
Member, Comprehensive Plan Task Force.
Public Education
Member, West Chester VOTE campaign, which brought bipartisan excellence to our school board.
Board Member, West Chester Area Education Foundation.

Community Involvement
Member, Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce.
Charter Member since 2015, Friends of Marshall Square Park.
Member/Past Vice Chair, West Chester Food Cooperative.
Member, Melton Center #PoolTogether.
Member, Save the Y. This group successfully advocated to keep the in-town YMCA open.
Member, West Chester Borough Diversity in Action Committee.
New Member, West Chester NAACP.

Help Save the Historic Tax Credit

from Herrin for Mayor’s BOROUGH BRIEFS, October 31, 2017

Arguably, the UPTOWN! Knauer Performing Arts Center would not have been possible without the federal Historic Tax Credit (HTC). It’s the most significant investment the federal government makes toward preserving historic buildings, and it was a key financial incentive for investors who helped make UPTOWN! possible for our community.

Unfortunately, several tax reform proposals circulating in Congress recommend a repeal of the HTC – even though it stimulates economic growth and returns more to the Treasury than it costs, according to the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The HTC is an important tool for West Chester, as we work together to preserve our history. Without it, historic rehabilitation projects can face lender and investor bias because they often have higher costs and greater design challenges.

Add your name to the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s campaign to save the HTC and protect West Chester’s historic brand! Sign on here. Thank you!

‘Herrin’s Heroes’ saluted at Melton Center

By Bill Rettew Jr., Daily Local News, 10/24/17

WEST CHESTER >> Democratic candidate for mayor Dianne Herrin applauded seven community heroes at a fundraiser Saturday night at the Charles A. Melton Center.

Jim Salvas shot pictures at the event and nominated businesswoman Holly Brown.

“Bringing people together is what Dianne does best,” Salvas said. “Look at the range of people: young and old; men and women; black and white; Republican and Democratic.

“Dianne, you will be a mayor for everyone.” …

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Dianne Herrin for Mayor of West Chester Happy Hour Fundraiser

from Dianne Herrin, Dem candidate for Mayor of West Chester:

I am hosting a Happy Hour Fundraiser this Wednesday 9/27 from 5:30-8:00 pm at Saloon 151, 151 West Gay Street, West Chester. This election presents a very clear choice for West Chester’s next mayor, and I need your support.

Three words sum up my platform: Quality of life. I believe in economic vitality and redevelopment in the town center. But I also believe in balance. Our charm is our brand, and we need to preserve our historic fabric and be sure redevelopment is both smart and synergistic. I also believe in shared prosperity. We need to preserve our neighborhoods, protect against noise, vandalism and landlord abuse of rental properties, implement environmental and community-based programs that protect our health, strengthen our resilience, and empower our entire community economically, and practice a strong commitment to equity and basic human decency.

I need your help because my yard signs are being stolen and defaced, and we just placed a new order because I am not going to idly stand by. We are replacing every sign that gets stolen.

Join me on Wednesday! Free appetizers, cash bar, and great conversation about the things we care about. Click for event details here.

See you Wednesday!

Thank you,
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West Chester community grapples with racism, hate

By Bill Rettew Jr., Daily Local News, 9/20/17

WEST CHESTER >> Four incidents of hate and racism during the past 10 days have sparked outrage.

A swastika was etched into a borough sidewalk.

A West Chester East High School student was charged with publishing a threatening and racist Instagram post directed at fellow students.

A mayoral campaign sign was stolen and defaced with racial slurs, and a pair of residents received hate mail with the bogus return address of the Democratic Committee of Chester County.

All the hate messages were generated anonymously.

West Chester Mayor Jordan Norley is fighting back. He recently circulated an email letter to borough stakeholders….

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West Chester mayor backs clean energy despite U.S. backing out of Paris accord

By Bill Rettew Jr., Daily Local News, 6/12/17

WEST CHESTER >> In light of President Donald Trump’s decision to dump the Paris accord, Mayor Jordan Norley is committed to meeting the clean energy goals of the agreement on a local level.

More than 150 mayors in the United States have endorsed the 100 percent clean energy goal, or making all use of energy clean and renewable, as part of the Sierra Club’s Ready for 100 Campaign.

“The people of this world have a fundamental right to the ingredients of life — clean air, clean water and a sustainable future,” Norley said. “There is no better place to take a stand than our own homes, our own communities. With our national politics, the action we can take is local.”

Locally, Norley supports the international Paris agreement which sets a voluntary 2 degrees Celsius guardrail, and meets clean energy goals, in a bid to maintain a stable climate and stable economy.

Norley wants local governments to have control.

“We reject the notion that the state or federal government can override our rights as a community to a sustainable future,” the mayor said….

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