Posted by: wcdem2 | May 17, 2017

Dianne Herrin wins mayoral primary

from WCDem chair Stephanie Markstein:

Congratulations to Dianne on her primary win! She did an outstanding job and should be commended on her efforts. Let it also be said that the Democratic Party in West Chester had three hard-working candidates. Thanks to Cassandra Jones and Kyle Hudson for their contributions of integrity and effort in this primary. May we continue to work towards a better community and be united in our vision as we look towards the fall.

See more on this primary in “Dianne Herrin wins Democratic Primary for West Chester mayor” by Bill Rettew, Daily Local News, 5/17/17:

WEST CHESTER >> Voters overwhelmingly gave the nod for mayor on the Democratic ballot to Dianne Herrin in Tuesday’s Primary Election.

Herrin received 756 votes or 61 percent of the tally. Cassandra Jones was second with 286 votes, or 23 percent, and Kyle Hudson placed third with 182 votes, or almost 15 percent.

All election results are unofficial until verified by the county board of elections.

No Republican candidate was listed on the primary ballot. Herrin will likely run unopposed in November during the General Election, unless a write-in candidate surfaces from the Grand Old Party.

Herrin will likely succeed Mayor Jordan Norley, who was chosen by borough council to serve as interim mayor. He is completing the final eight months of Carolyn Comitta’s term and decided not to run for a full term. Comitta was elected as a Democratic state representative for the 156th Legislative District in 2016, after a lengthy recount.

Herrin is vice president of a local West Chester-based energy consulting firm. She has a history as an environmentalist, was the only mayoral candidate endorsed by the Sierra Club and worked on the borough’s climate action plan….

read more at Daily Local News

[n.b. This MDJ race will be on the 5/16/17 primary ballot in WC wards 3, 6, and 7 as well as in East and West Bradford. Candidates can cross-file, and thus both candidates will be on the D and R ballots. For more on the endorsed Democrat, Bret Binder, see OUR CANDIDATES at CCDC.]

By Michael Rellahan, Daily Local News, 5/13/17

WEST CHESTER >> The two men seeking nomination to run for the position of magisterial district judge in West Chester and surrounding townships in Tuesday’s primary election are offering voters a choice between years of judicial experience and bold plans for new approaches to the court system.

Incumbent Mark Bruno points to his three terms on the bench and proven record of dispensing justice in the court as reason why he should be returned to office, while challenger Bret Binder proclaims that he would begin initiatives in the court that would reach out to workers, students, and veterans….

read more at Daily Local News

Posted by: Webmaster | May 14, 2017

Close Races

This is what your vote means — why each vote counts…

  • 2000, WC Borough Council President, Ward 2, Diane LeBold tied the general election and won by a coin toss.
  • 2006, State Representative, 156th District, Barbara McIlvaine Smith, won the general election by 28 votes.
  • 2009, Mayor, Borough of West Chester, Carolyn Comitta won the Democratic Primary election by 23 votes.
  • 2015, Magisterial District Justice, Marion Vito won the general election by 44 votes.
  • 2016, State Representative, 156th District, Carolyn Comitta won the general election by 25 votes.

West Chester has eight (8) precincts. Mayor Comitta’s 23 votes in 2009 meant that if just three people (3) from each precinct stayed home, she would have lost.

So, candidates need your vote; your local and state governments need your vote; your nation needs your vote. You choose who you want to run your democracy. “If you stay home, you’re voting for the other side.”

Posted by: wcdem2 | May 13, 2017

Three competing for West Chester mayor

By Bill Rettew, Daily Local News, 5/11/17

WEST CHESTER >> Three mayoral candidates are listed on the May 16 primary election ballot.

All are Democrats. No Republican has announced a run. A Republican could still establish a write-in campaign prior to the November election.

Dianne Herrin, Kyle Hudson and Cassandra Jones all hope to replace Jordan Norley, who was recently tapped by council to serve the remaining eight months of Carolyn Comitta’s term. Norley is not seeking the nod from voters.

All three candidates have strong ties to the borough. The mayor does not vote, but has veto power. A major mayoral task is overseeing the police department….

read more at Daily Local News

2018 candidate Chrissy Houlahan (with microphone on the right) speaks to a crowd of well over 100 at the April 29 March for the Environment in West Chester. Photo by Sarah Hudgings. For background of the march and quotes from speakers, see below, April 29.

by Bill Rettew, Daily Local News, 4/29/17

WEST CHESTER>>They simply wanted to be heard.

On Saturday, under sunny skies, more than 200 protesters rallied at the Historic Chester County Courthouse and marched north along High Street. They simply wanted their elected officials to listen.

The Saturday rally, “March for the Environment,” was organized locally by Margaret Hudgings of the Sierra Club. Several other organizations promoted the event. A sister rally took place in Washington, D.C., with other companion marches nationwide.

“We gather on the courthouse steps to make a healthy future for our children,” state Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-156, told the audience of more than 200 flag wavers and sign holders.

As they marched, the crowd roared, “Show me what democracy looks like, this is what democracy looks like.”

Hudgings said that the current administration is not concerned with climate change.

“Democracy requires vigilance,” Hudgings said. “We need to be watching and standing up for what we believe in.”…

read more at Daily Local News

Here’s to the rebirth of the Democratic Party and wins in 2017 and 2018.

To make that happen, we’re working hard now to elect Democrats across the board, from Borough Council and the School Board to County and State office. Each victory makes our party stronger and moves our issues forward.

Our annual Pre-Primary Party is on May 11, from 5:30 – 8:00 PM at Sprout Music Collective. That is just five days before the primary election on Tuesday, May 16.

The 4 2017 row office candidates have confirmed that they will be with us, as well as 2018 CD-06 candidate Chrissy Houlahan. Others TBA.

Sprout, one of the Borough’s hottest spots, is known for both great music and great food from the affiliated Roots Cafe. Your donation covers food and your first drink at the bar. The proceeds support our Democratic candidates and help get out the vote.

Sprout Music Collective
130 East Prescott Alley (behind Roots) West Chester, PA
Thursday, May 11, 5:30-8:00 PM
$40 ($50 at Door)
$25 ($30 at Door) for Students w/ID

RSVP to or 484-266-0241 or on Facebook.
Pay via our donation page, at the door, or by mail (see below).

You may also send payment and the info below to:
West Chester Borough Democratic Committee
c/o Kristin Gerling, Treasurer

Download PDF here: 2017 Sprout Fundraiser 1

For statewide (judges), countywide (row offices), and Magisterial District Judge candidates, see CCDC.

Borough Wards 3, 6, and 7 include the Dem candidate for Magisterial District Judge, Bret Binder (Facebook here). Note that MDJ candidates can crossfile; thus Bret’s opponent, a Republican, is on the Dem ballot. Wards 1, 2, 4, and 5 have no MDJ race this year.

The Dem candidate for School Board Director (region 1) is incumbent Joyce Chester. For more on Joyce, see West Goshen Dems’ candidate page.

There will be 3 candidates for mayor on the ballot (the WC Dem Committee has not made an endorsement):

Dianne Herrin  Website  Facebook
Kyle Hudson  Website  Facebook
Cassandra Jones Website Facebook

There are 4 Borough Council races. The endorsed (and only) Dem candidates are all currently serving:
Ward 1: Bill Scott
Ward 3: Mike Galey
Ward 5: Don Braceland
Ward 7: Denise Polk

Ward 7 also has a SPECIAL ELECTION to fill out the remainder of that Borough Council term, through this year. Please write in Denise M. Polk.

There are also contests for Judge of Elections and Inspector of Elections. In some precincts your committeepersons or candidates may ask you to write in a name if there is none printed on the ballot.

You can download the official ballot specimens in all Chesco precincts here (West Chester’s 8 precincts are at the end of the download). Your committeeperson should be bringing you a sample ballot marked to show our recommendations. Order of names on the ballot is determined by lottery, not by alphabetical order.

FYI, according to the WC Dem bylaws, “In a primary election, all committeepersons may publicly support primary candidates of their choice” (V.6). However, committeepersons in each precinct agree on one joint committeeperson handout to voters. The winner of each race becomes our official endorsed candidate in the November 7 general election.

Be an informed voter! Please read handouts carefully and talk to your committeepersons and candidates or their representatives at the polls.

Posted by: wcdem2 | April 21, 2017

Remember the Ladies, May 4, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

State Representative Carolyn Comitta works for you!! You are her strongest supporters and helped to elect her to the Pennsylvania State House so she could advocate for the issues of concern to you! She’s only just begun to make a difference in what we all know has been a very fractured, partisan, ineffective state legislature. That is why it is so important to make sure she stays in office, to represent you!!

To ensure Carolyn’s re-election in 2018, we are hosting the second annual Remember the Ladies fundraising event in support of Carolyn’s campaign. Will we see you there?

This event will take place on May 4th, 5:30-7:30pm at Milestone Events. Your continued support will make all the difference in her chances to win reelection in 2018. To sign up online, please use this link, which will take you to the donation page.

As most of you are well aware, Carolyn’s race for State Representative was won by the slimmest of margins ( 25 Votes!!). Recent analysis of voter registration shows this district with 37% registered Democrats, 17% Independents and 46% Republicans. She beat the odds by winning this seat, because of supporters like you!!

The 2018 campaign to hold this seat has begun!! Our second annual Remember the Ladies (and the gents who support the ladies) will be held on May 4th, from 5:30-7:30pm at Milestone Events, 600 E. Market Street, West Chester. Many of you were able to attend last year and we hope you and others who missed it will be able to attend this year.

Posted by: wcdem2 | April 20, 2017

Michael Stefano joins West Chester Borough Council

By Bill Rettew, Daily Local news, 4/19/17

WEST CHESTER >> Borough Council chose teacher Michael Stefano to serve as a member of council.

He will replace Jordan Norley who resigned to take the job as mayor.

Two other candidates, Rachel Widmayer and Sue Bayne, were also interviewed but unsuccessfully sought to fill the Ward 4 seat, at Tuesday’s work session.

All three interviewees are Democrats. Ward 4 is located in the southeast part of the borough. The ward is predominately composed of Democratic voters. As an appointee, Stafano will serve until January. The new councilman said he will seek to then fill the remaining two years of Norley’s term which runs through December 2019, in the November election.

Stefano said the major issues he will face include: parking issues, relations with the university and communication with borough members….

read more at Daily Local news

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