Raise the Flag!

Jim Salvas (West Chester Democratic Committee Chair & Property Management Chair) asked Chrissy Houlahan to have this flag flown over the US Capital as soon as she was elected the first Democrat and woman to win the 6th Congressional Seat in the US Congress! Our flag is thus the first flown at Chrissy’s request. 

Pictured is Dick Bingham (CCDC Chair) and Marsha Peltz (CCDC Vice Chair) raising our flag over Chester County Democratic Headquarters at 37 S. High Street in the Borough of West Chester.

Jim donated the flag; CCDC paid for the flagpole and the solar light above it.

Other constituents can request a flag be flown for them by applying here:

Sad News on Passing of Democratic Committee Person Bill McLaughlin

We are all saddened to hear of the sudden passing of another well known and respected Democratic Committee Person – Bill McLaughlin of West Chester, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and many friends.

Bill McLaughlin

William L. McLaughlin, Lawyer and Life-Long Sailor, died suddenly Saturday, March 26, 2016 in West Palm Beach, Florida, while on vacation pursuing one of his lifelong passions: sailboat racing. He was 69.

The only child of the late William Leo and Nellie Vidunis McLaughlin, Bill was born in Pittsburgh in 1947. In the 1950’s, the family moved to Paoli where his father started one of the first law practices in Paoli.

After graduating from Villanova University, where his studies included naval architecture, Bill pursued graduate study in geography at Penn State. His study of Pennsylvania historic districts lead to his employment with the Bureau for Historic Preservation, a division of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, where he oversaw a state-wide historic resource survey in the early 1980s. An amateur photographer, he developed an extensive collection of his own photos of historic buildings, diners, and small town scenes from Pennsylvania’s past.

Bill later pursued a law degree at the Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord, New Hampshire (now the University of New Hampshire School of Law) and joined his father’s law practice in 1986. He took over the firm when his father died in 1993 and was still practicing at the time of his death.

Bill was competing in the Master’s National Sunfish Championship races held in Jensen Beach, Florida, when he suffered a brain hemorrhage.

Bill resided in West Chester with his wife, June Roberts McLaughlin, and spent many happy times at their second home in Margate, NJ. He was an active member of the community, serving on the West Chester Historic and Architectural Review Board. He was also a current member and former chair of the West Chester Democratic Committee.

A competitive sailor from childhood, Bill was a member of the Marsh Creek Sailing Club. His cousin, Joseph McLaughlin of Philadelphia, remembers a Middlebury College classmate telling him in the fall of 1962 that “Your cousin Bill wiped out the competition in sailing races all summer on the East Coast.”

Bill is survived by his wife June and numerous relatives. He will be missed by his extensive network of close friends, some of whom may have known him as “Mac.” Bill will be remembered for his sense of humor, zest for life, personal kindness, and compassion for the less fortunate. He also enjoyed the outdoors and walking his dog with June. As a member of the Kiwanis Club, of which his father was a charter member, donations should be made to the Upper Main Line Kiwanis Club, care of Mark Lezanic, 1475 Russell Road, Berwyn PA 19312.

A memorial service will be held at Milestone, located at 600 East Market Street, West Chester, PA 19382 on April 23, 2016, at 1:00 p.m.

Vice Chairman’s Take on Vietnam 50 Years Ago Today

A few of my close buddies leaning over the ship rail. I flew back thirteen months later, but some of these guys did not.

A few of my close buddies leaning over the ship rail. I flew back thirteen months later, but some of these guys did not.

Fifty years ago today, I shipped from Jacksonville aboard the USS Boxer with others from the 1st Air Cavalry Division, bound for Vietnam via the Suez Canal. We were the first full division sent to the war.

Please hold off on what has become the obligatory “thank you for your service” comment. As I look back on this anniversary with mixed feelings, I would like you to thank me another way.

As with many of our wars before and since, we fought in Vietnam for the wrong reasons and wasted lives, treasure and some of our claim to honor as a country. We were lied to. We were misled. If we learned something from that waste, I’d be prouder to have served. As it is, we repeated and magnified our mistakes and we now find ourselves in an endless war of attrition, again because of the lies of our leaders.

As Pete Seeger sang, we’re still “waist deep in the big muddy and the big fool says to push on.”

So, yes, you can thank us for our service, but not with a few perfunctory words. Do it by holding our leaders more accountable. Make them prove the effort is worth the sacrifice. And demand to throw them in jail when you find out they lied again. Don’t just “support the troops.” DEFEND the troops!

Anyway, the photo is one I took the day we sailed. It shows a few of my close buddies leaning over the ship rail. I flew back thirteen months later, but some of these guys did not. Not many smiles then or now, I’m afraid.

Jim Salvas

Joe Sestak Walks Across Chester County on his way to Ohio!

Admiral Joe Sestak comes to Chester County!

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“You may have heard by now that I have officially kicked off my campaign for the U.S. Senate by beginning my 422-mile walk across Pennsylvania, from New Jersey to the Ohio border. I’m doing this because I believe, as Scout recalls in To Kill a Mockingbird, You never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them.

Today (March 9) and tomorrow, Admiral Sestak will walk through Chester County, while also stopping for two events. First, at 10:00am today, Sestak will be hosting an event on women’s issues:

Crosslands Community Center
1660 E Street Rd
Kennett Square, PA 19348

Then, Sestak will walk 11 miles from Exton Square Mall in Exton, PA, to Gateway Park in Coatesville, PA, walking along Pottstown Pike and Business Route 30.

2015_0308Sestak422MileWalkAcrossPATomorrow at 10:00am (March 10), Sestak will be speaking in Coatesville:

Gateway Park
Corner of U.S. Routes 30 & 82
Coatesville, PA 19320

Sestak will then resume his journey walking along US Route 30 until he reaches Paradise Township in Lancaster County.

Admiral Sestak wants us to join him in his walk! Attend one of these events, then join Joe as he walks in our shoes over the next two days.

Chester County Democratic Committee
37 South High Street
West Chester, PA 19382

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Cassandra with FLOTUS (Michelle Obama!)

“I had the most amazing experiences last week in DC. Mayors Against Illegal Guns was invited to a congressional hearing, to a White House briefing and then to a watch party for the Presidents’ State of the Union speech.

So fulfilling to be a part of these national conversations on violence among our youth in this country. God will give you the desires of your heart!”

Cassandra Jones

  • West Chester Borough Democratic Committee
    Committeeperson, Ward 2
  • Member of West Chester Borough Council



Spotted: at the DNC

Photo credit PBS Newshour/YouTube.

Bill Scott, our Ward 1 Democratic Committeeman and former Borough Council President, is seen here with Chester County Commissioner Kathi Cozzone, representing us as delegates to the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC.

At the moment captured here, Bill and Kathi were listening to President Barack Obama’s acceptance speech on Thursday, September 6. These two local Democratic Party stars also appeared onscreen a few other times during the convention, as the TV cameras caught them responding to the speakers.

WCDem wine cheese chocolate fundraiser

All Dems and supporters are welcome, from West Chester and beyond.

The first hour will be a VIP event for those wishing an official tasting with the proprietor of Kreutz Creek, who will be explaining the nuances of the different bouquets. The cost for the VIP portion (and of course, those participants can stay for the rest of the open house as well) will be $50.

The general open house will be from 6:00 to 7:30 for a price of $25. During this time, attendees can sample wine, cheese, and chocolate and mingle with other guests.

View and download pdf with RSVP info here.