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.

Warmly,

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

Leaders Get Things Done

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!!!

As Carolyn’s campaign manager since she first ran for Mayor in 2009, I can tell you – she’s the real deal. Here are some things you may not know about her:

1. She’s a voice for the people. Before becoming Mayor, she was an outspoken member of West Chester Borough Council and on the board of an NGO under the United Nations umbrella, working to educate people on health and environmental issues

2. She’s been a leader in her community. Carolyn was an educator in the Octorara School District for 12 years, is on the board of multiple State and Local municipal organizations (see her bio on her website) and she and her husband, Tom Comitta, have donated hours of professional support to the community through their Town Planning business.

3. She fights for her beliefs. She was an early Mayor Against Illegal Guns, and has pulled together community leaders to stop intolerance in our diverse community,

4. She’s a mother, and wife. Carolyn and her husband Tom have two grown children, Tommy and Anne. Tom and Carolyn live in West Chester, and have attended local schools and raised their children here. It is the community they love.

5. She’s respected. People know that when they have a problem, Carolyn is the one person who they can turn to for advice. She listens to people, and people listen to her. She knows who to turn to for good advice herself, and the mutual respect she has for people and they have for her is why she is so successful at bringing people together, to solve problems and get things done.

I’m so proud to work for someone who wakes up every day thinking about how to make life better for the people of Pennsylvania, and the 156th district.

WATCH CAROLYN’s TV COMMERCIAL

The ad demonstrates what the voters know: we need strong leadership in Harrisburg, and Carolyn Comitta is the person to lead us forward, together.

Your generous donation will keep us on the air until November 8th!! Please donate today!

We need your help! Click to VOLUNTEER here.

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 per week, over these last few weeks of the campaign and 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.

Warmly,

Lani Frank, Campaign Manager for Carolyn Comitta

P.S. Please say you’ll volunteer. You are the key to her winning this race. We can’t do it without you!!.

Gov. Wolf w/ Mayor Comitta in West Chester Oct. 21

Join Governor Tom Wolf in support of our Mayor Carolyn Comitta in her campaign for PA House district 156.

Noon to 2 p.m., Friday Oct. 21, but get there early to be sure to meet and hear the Governor!

At Olive Branch Tapas, 142 West Gay St., West Chester.

To donate specifically for that event, click here.

Or RSVP to comittacampaign@gmail.com/.

Phonebank and canvass for Carolyn for 156th!

Urgent! Help turn out voters for Mayor Comitta to become Representative Comitta!

Please let Gina know which of the following shifts you can sign up for:

PHONEBANKS @ Carolyn Comitta’s

10/18 (Tuesday), 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
10/20 (Thursday), 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
10/25  (Tuesday), 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
10/27 (Thursday), 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
11/1  (Tuesday), 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

CANVASSING, rally @ Carolyn Comitta’s

10/27, 10 a.m. 
10/29, 10 a.m.

** If you are unable to canvass during these times but are willing to canvass on your own, or would canvass with Carolyn in your neighborhood, please let us know!

GET OUT THE VOTE- Phonebanking & Canvassing COMMITTED voters

Friday Nov. 4 – all day 2 hr. shifts
Saturday Nov. 5 – all day 2 hr. shifts
Sunday Nov. 6 – all day 2 hr. shifts
Monday Nov. 7 – all day 2 hr. shifts
Election Day Tuesday Nov. 8 – all day 2 hr. shifts

ELECTION DAY

Shifts will run continuously throughout the day, please let us know your time frame and geography requests.

Gina Colley-Holgate
Field Coordinator- Carolyn Comitta for State Representative 156
678-595-6637
colleyink@gmail.com

Carolyn Comitta in USA Today

excerpts from “A suburban tide against Trump could sink his election bid” by Susan Page, USA TODAY, 9/13/16:

… But Democrats have become increasingly competitive in the suburban counties, which include about a third of the state’s voters. In 2012, Romney lost the other three and carried Chester by just two-tenths of a percentage point, the closest margin in the state.

Or, as West Chester Mayor Carolyn Comitta, a Democrat, ruefully recalls: “529 votes.”…

Comitta, who is challenging three-term Republican incumbent Dan Truitt for the state House of Representatives, enthusiastically backs Clinton. But she generally tries to talk about local and state issues, not the national race, as she campaigns. She stops by the farmers market after a morning of walking door-to-door on this recent day, distributing fliers that don’t mention party affiliation, instead describing her as “Mom. Educator. Mayor.”

“I hear from some people who love her, some people who would never vote for her, and some who will vote for her because they can’t imagine Trump being president,” she says of Clinton. “Because the two candidates are so polarizing, and I have to win my race, I’m not going there. … That’s a whole other conversation.”…

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read the full article, including quotes from other Chester County residents, at USA TODAY