Environment is priority

Letter published in Daily Local News, 3/6/17 (not online there)

Heartfelt thanks to Carolyn Comitta, who always stands up for the health of her community. In September of 2015 when the spraying of Marshall Square Park with the pesticide Permanone was imminent, Carolyn responded to a petition signed by over 400 Borough residents asking for a delay in the application of this pesticide to our beautiful community.

Carolyn spoke with the Health Department and negotiated a waiting and fact finding period. And spraying was not conducted.

Carolyn then spearheaded a task force with representation from across the community, from borough government and the county Health Department to work together on this issue. With her support, we launched the West Chester Borough Don’t Spray Me organization to educate citizens about eliminating standing water and reducing mosquito breeding spots. We recruited 116 block captains to work with their neighbors. We were able to reduce the number of mosquitoes and we did not get sprayed last summer.

Carolyn Comitta expressed confidence in us, her constituents, and with her help and support, we succeeded. The number of mosquitoes in West Chester last summer was significantly lower than during the preceding summer and so the Health Department did not spray.

The task force is still at work with a goal of creating an outline for other communities to use in addressing mosquito and spraying challenges. In 2017 new Don’t Spray Me chapters are forming in East Bradford, West Goshen and Westtown Townships.

Thank you Carolyn for listening to your constituents and for making environmental concerns a top priority. Thank you too for being a masterful negotiator who can bring us all together to solve problems.

Margaret Hudgings, West Chester

Comitta begins first term representing 156th District

Rep. Carolyn Comitta January 4, 2017

HARRISBURG, Jan. 4 – Calling it a tremendous honor, state Rep. Carolyn Comitta was sworn in yesterday to represent the 156th Legislative District in Chester County.

“It’s truly humbling to be sent to Harrisburg as a representative of our district to fight for what’s best for Pennsylvania,” Comitta said. “I look forward to working in a bipartisan fashion to get things done and serve the residents of the 156th District as best I can.”

Comitta is one of 40 women serving in the House, the highest total in state history.

Constituents can visit Comitta’s website at www.pahouse.com/Comitta for information on various state-related services and programs.

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives swearing-in corresponds with the first Tuesday in January, every two years. This year is Pennsylvania’s 201st legislative session.

(Still from video at www.pahouse.com/Comitta)

History repeats in the 156th!

Mayor Carolyn Comitta

Mayor Comitta

History repeats in the 156th! In 2006: Barbara McIlvaine Smith 11,616, Shannon Royer 11,588 – winning margin of 28. In 2016: Carolyn Comitta 18,261, Dan Truitt 18,236 – winning margin of 25.

It’s nice to be in one of the state’s few remaining swing districts, where candidates campaign vigorously, voters pay attention, and the result hangs in the balance even after election day.

WC Borough Dems congratulate Mayor, and now Representative, Carolyn Comitta!

156th district update: looks good!

After the election, it appeared that Carolyn was behind by a small margin. Now that the usual collection of ballots not included in the official results, notably those coming in from overseas voters, have been counted, we hear that she is leading by 18 votes! Yes, every vote counts.

There will be a hearing 12/1 to determine which provisional ballots will be counted. Often, those ballots (in the rare cases that they are counted) favor Democrats.

So it is almost time to be optimistic!

This will all have a feeling of déjà vu for those who remember Barb McIlvaine Smith’s narrow victory under similar circumstances in 2006.

Grateful — Mayor Comitta

On the eve of Thanksgiving, we are bustling around traveling, cooking and turning our thoughts to being together with family and friends. I want to take a moment to share with you some of the things I am grateful for this Thanksgiving:

– Family and dear friends who are there for me and love me no matter what.

– A West Chester community that affirms and stands up for the dignity of all people. (See our Greater West Chester Code of Community Values and Pledge.)

– Borough Council and Township Boards of Supervisors who are committed to listening to the people and making decisions that will improve our communities for all.

– Our Democracy that isn’t perfect, but that relies on our talents, vigilance, hard work and resilience to ensure our country is place of opportunity and justice for of all.

– Every voter who cast a ballot in the November election – regular, provisional, absentee, oversea seas and military – every vote counts!!

– My campaign staff and volunteers who have worked diligently over the last year, and most recently to monitor, challenge, lobby and ensure that every valid vote cast will be counted in our race for the 156th District!

– You – I am grateful for you – for the many (often quiet, kind and significant) ways you make our community and the lives of our neighbors better every day.

Happy Thanksgiving to you!!

Warmest wishes,


PS Here is an update on the ongoing race for the 156th:

Comitta Campaign Update

Some of you may have heard a rumor, about the status of the race in the 156th District. We are pleased to report that we have an unexpected update to the outcome.

On Election Day, Carolyn’s votes were 78 fewer than her opponent. There were some ballots cast which we knew had not been counted, which is why Carolyn didn’t concede the race.

On Monday we reviewed the 107 Provisional ballots, (ballots cast on Election Day if a voter was not found on the list of voters, but believed they should be eligible to vote). The Provisional Ballot Board rejected over 80 ballots, but we challenged that determination, hoping to allow every vote to count. There were also Military/Overseas ballots which had an extended deadline to be received by Voter Services on 11/15.

Today we reviewed and counted these ballots, and as of today, Carolyn’s votes are +18.

There will be a hearing on Tuesday, 11/22, at 9:30am to allow the Election Board to hear our argument on why each of those Provisional ballots should be counted. After the outcome of that hearing, we will know what the vote count will be.

We feel cautiously optimistic that the outcome will be in our favor.

Carolyn wanted me to express her gratitude to all of you, for all your help and support. Watch this space as we learn more in the next few days. We promise to report out to you, what the final determination of these ballots will be on Tuesday and if there is any further action to be taken.

Warmest appreciation,

Lani Frank
Campaign Manager Friends of Carolyn Comitta

UNBELIEVABLE OPPORTUNITY! Come meet Governor Wolf & Senator Casey in West Chester!

Governor Wolf, Senator Casey, and Attorney General candidate Josh Shapiro really need Carolyn Comitta in Harrisburg!! So, they are coming to West Chester Sunday at noon to show their support and to encourage everyone to help Carolyn get over the top.

Volunteers for Carolyn should not miss this exclusive opportunity to meet our governor and senator, before heading out to canvass for Carolyn. If you were thinking about helping Carolyn with canvassing or phone banking, this is the time to come out and devote 2 hours to the campaign.

Please RSVP to ComittaCampaign@gmail.com and let us know you will be there for Carolyn. Don’t miss this great opportunity to meet our leaders, and help elect our next State Representative.

Every day, voters are telling Carolyn that Harrisburg is broken, and needs someone with her skills to bring people together. As your State Representative, Carolyn Comitta will be a leader who gets things done. Please share with your friends if you agree!! In case you had any doubts, we need YOU to HELP! We need to elect the best people from the White House to the State House.

Again, that’s ComittaCampaign@gmail.com. We’re waiting to hear from YOU!!

Please help Carolyn win this race. She is working hard, meeting new neighbors and new supporters, but she cannot do it alone. Please find a few hours to help put Carolyn over the top. She will always be there for you, but she needs you now to get there. Your support is the key to our success.

She is ready to serve the 156th District in Harrisburg. With your support, she’ll get there.

Thanks for all you do.


Lani Frank, Campaign Manager for Carolyn Comitta

P.S. Can’t join the dignitaries then? Volunteer to help Carolyn at any time here.

Dear Mayor Comitta

Letter, Times of Chester County title there: “Sound says a lot about 156th candidates”), Oct. 25th, 2016

letters1I listened to the WCHE debate yesterday between you and your opponent. Listening without seeing the candidates helps me hear nuances that sometimes are blurred with a visual. Here is what I heard:

A vibrant, intelligent, extremely well -prepared and energetic woman who has proven skills at getting people to work together to solve problems and continue to work on all kinds of issues.

A man full of frustration, excuses, and reasons why he has had to vote NO more times that any legislator and whose main concern seems to be legislation on one issue: bullying in schools.

A woman who stayed calm, in control, and who was able to discuss accurately the important issues presented by the not always unbiased people running the debate. A woman who did not back down, who kept her sense of humor, and who incisively answered all questions.

A man who was pretty much the opposite.

A woman who is ready to take on the challenges of the PA Legislature, where there are a plethora of challenges.

A man who is turned off by politics, by the organizations who want to give him money and then control him, and so has hunkered down and voted no on most issues. A man who has not been able to work with others in that “vile” environment, and who probably should return to his “good life” where he can work 24 hours a week and make a “good living.”

What I heard sounded a lot like the 3rd debate for the Presidency. I know who I am voting for in both cases, both Presidential and PA House. Not the name callers, but the do-ers. Not the excuse makers, but the “we can get these things done” candidates. In both races, the women.

Susan Tiernan,
West Chester

About Mayor Comitta

Did you know, she attended Fern Hill Elementary School and then to Stetson Jr. High and graduated from Downingtown High School.

Her secret as a mayor who truly represents everyone:

What is the best piece of advice you ever received?

Mayor Joe Riley, who just stepped down from being Mayor of Charleston, South Carolina for over 40 years, told me the key to being a good mayor was listening. We all have ideas and preferences, but as a civic leader the key, is to listen to the people we serve.

See more at her candidate blog.

See video of Mayor Comitta talking with students supporting the WCU faculty strike, Oct. 22.