Congratulations and thanks

Now that the dust has settled and I can breathe again, I would like to congratulate our Democratic winners in the Borough. Kathi Cozzone has once again emerged victorious as our County Commissioner! Congrats to Diane LeBold, Jordan Norley, and Jim Jones for their election and re-election to Borough Council. And, I’m excited to welcome Kate Shaw as our newest Region 1 School Board member. She joins our venerable Sue Tiernan who handily won re-election. Thanks to all of you for your hard work and dedication!

–Stephanie Markstein
Chair, West Chester Borough Democratic Committee

Environmental Community Bill of Rights passes in West Chester

by Dianne Herrin

The voters of West Chester Borough have spoken loud and clear. A full 73% of those who voted on the amendment said “YES!” to the Environmental Community Bill of Rights!

The amendment passed by a substantial margin in every ward, despite some significant on-the-ground opposition in two wards. This is a very clear message that the voters of West Chester are ready to stand up for clean air, clean water, and a sustainable energy future.

In some ways, our work only now begins. But for now, please accept my deep gratitude for standing up for a healthy environment and our children’s future.

4 Seeking 2 seats in Region 1 of WCASD

By Candice Monhollan, Daily Local News, 10/28/15

Four West Chester residents vying for the West Chester Area School District’s (WCASD) two Region 1 school board seats in the General Election Nov. 3.

Fighting for the spots, with one incumbent, are Debra Maccariella, Vince Paul, Kate Shaw and incumbent Sue Tiernan….

read more at Daily Local News, (The Dems are Sue Tiernan and Kate Shaw.)

Voting Straight Dem or not, VOTE YOUR WHOLE BALLOT!!

West Chester Dems, please study this advice to be prepared when you enter the polling place!

If, as the first item on the ballot, you vote STRAIGHT PARTY – DEMOCRATIC, you do not need to fill in any other ovals for candidates but you still need to vote for the HOME RULE CHARTER AMENDMENT on the back of the ballot (you may receive a recommendation on this from your committeeperson).

If you wish to vote mostly straight Dem, you can override a straight vote in any race by blackening the oval in any given race.

If you prefer to vote line by line, don’t forget the back of the ballot, with the Charter Amendment question, constables, and in some precincts School Board (in precincts without a MDJ race, school board is on the front).

See more on the endorsed candidates at 2015 candidates on the Chester County Dem site.

For more on the HOME RULE CHARTER AMENDMENT, see West Chester Community Rights Alliance. Please note that the summary on the ballot does not adequately represent the actual amendment and only the petition wording will become part of the Home Rule Charter. Read that full wording here.

Exceptional Candidates for WCASD Director

from Better Direction for WCASD, 10/20/15

I am emailing you today to ask you to vote for Kate Shaw and Sue Tiernan for WCASD School Director for Region 1 on Tuesday, November 3rd. I am voting for Kate and Sue because they have proven that they serve the best interests of our school district and community. Can they count on your vote as well?

Both Kate and Sue have extensive backgrounds in education. Kate brings vast knowledge in developing and implementing educational policies, and Sue was instrumental in forming the board’s Legislative Action Committee to curb unfunded mandates, and she completed a three-year plan to address current and projected fiscal realities of the district. 

The schools board’s thoughtful budgeting allows WCASD to maintain the lowest millage in the county and helps to keep our property values high. Even the Daily Local News agrees! In an April, 2015 editorial, the DLN commended the board for the 2015-2016 budget – for appropriately limiting the impact to taxpayers while not drawing off the healthy reserve. Kate and Sue have shown they can balance the needs of the students and the taxpayers, now they deserve our vote.

Please vote for Kate Shaw and Sue Tiernan on Tuesday, November 3rd

In case you don’t know them already, here is some information on this dynamic and highly qualified team… Continue reading


Kate & Sue have spent their entire careers in education. They are exceptionally well-qualified to serve the West Chester Area School District.

Many of you have generously given to Kate & Sue’s campaign fund and they are very grateful to you. The fact that many people outside of Region 1 have contributed is a testament to the character and qualifications of these two women.

With a month to go they are in need of another $1,000 to get their message out to Democrats, Independents and Republicans. Many of these voters don’t know Kate and yes, some not even Sue.

As you know, there are no guarantees on the outcome of this or any election. We have yet to see what their opponents will throw at them.

Kate and Sue have run a dignified campaign and will continue to; however, they have to get their message out, which is about keeping the WCASD School District strong, which keeps our property values high and our children’s education an A+.

Thank you to those who have contributed; if you can make another donation, it would be greatly appreciated. If you haven’t yet, please consider a contribution at this time.

Please remember to vote on Election Day, November 3. If you would like a lawn sign, please reply to this email with your name and address and we’ll get it to you. If you can spare a few hours to be at the polls for Kate and Sue, please let us know.

This election is very important and getting out the vote will elect Kate & Sue and keep our School Board strong and moving forward. We do not want to go backward. Please help.

Many thanks!

Checks can be sent to Better Direction Region 1, P.O. Box 66, West Chester, Pa 19381

In the Memo write Kate & Sue

Online donations:

Thanks for Deciding & Voting!

A Better Direction for WCASD, 5/14/15

De·cid·ing adj. – Determining or able to determine an outcome

On Tuesday, May 19, 2015, to the polling places will go civic-minded West Chester Area School District residents. It is an off-year election, mostly consisting of county and township level contests – row officers, judges, supervisors and school board.

Although it is an off-year election, know that Primary Election Day, Tuesday, May 19, 2015, directly impacts your quality of life. These races are about your county, school district and township taxes, your property value, the environment, and the strength of your community.

Every school board election brings change to a school district. The Better Direction candidates want to continue to build upon our district’s successes. West Chester ranks in the top 1% of school districts in Pennsylvania according to PA School Performance Profile and has been named to the Annual AP District Honor Roll by the College Board five years running. All three high schools are ranked in the top 100 high schools in PA and the top 500 high schools nationwide. WCASD maintains the lowest school property millage rate in the county. Voting on May 19, 2015 for the Better Direction for West Chester school board candidates is a powerful way to support student success and strengthen our community and property values.

Voting is your chance to stand up for the issues you believe in; do not skip it.

Region 1: Kate Shaw and Sue Tiernan
Region 2: Samantha Bloom and Matt Morley
Region 3: Gary J. Bevilacqua