2020 Election Analysis

In 1787 as Benjamin Franklin was walking out of Independence Hall after the Constitutional Convention, someone shouted out, “Doctor, what have we got? A republic or a monarchy?” To which Franklin supposedly responded, with a rejoinder at once witty and ominous: “A republic, if you can keep it.”

As we witnessed the mob insurrection in Washington DC, we are reminded of just how fragile our democracy is. The work that we do demonstrates that we understand that we shape our government through ballots, not bullets. It is the electoral process, protected by our Constitution, that is the foundation of our democracy.

Because of our efforts, Democratic candidates did extraordinarily well in East Whiteland and Charlestown. Each candidate won every precinct in our zone. In addition, we continue to outperform the county results by 4-5% even though the county results have been trending up for Democrats.

Our zone delivered a 3,054 vote margin for President-elect Biden. We have improved upon the overall results for Democratic candidates compared to the 2016 and 2018 elections, especially for the candidates running for state offices.

Despite Covid-19, despite President Trump’s attempts to disrupt mail-in ballots, we persevered and made a difference. It is a confirmation of Margaret Mead’s belief in civic engagement when she stated, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

Please consider getting involved as there are a number of ways to volunteer.

Pence visits Malvern and is welcomed by Democratic protesters

Marsha Peltz and Steve Rhoades

Zone 13 Treasurer Steve Rhoades and CCDC Vice Chair and EW/CH member Marsha Peltz were part of a visible and vocal group that greeted VP Mike Pence on July 9. Pence was on a tour of SE Pennsylvania with stops in Lancaster, Malvern and Philadelphia. On this day members of Zones 13 and 16 held signs and stood near the raucous Republican turnout.

 
From today’s blog at the Philadelphia Inquirer:https://www.inquirer.com/politics/live/mike-pennsylvania-pennsylvania-philadelphia-police-union-protests-lancaster-malvern-joe-biden-20200709.html

2019 Zone 13 Election Analysis

This posting was written by our own Martin McElroy. It first appeared as a comment to the NY Times article concerning a “blue wave” in suburban regions.

As of Tuesday’s election, Chester County’s government  is 100% Democratic for the first time since the birth of major league baseball. Yes, it was a sweep: both county commissioners, every row office (D.A., Sheriff, Protnothary, Register of Wills, Register of Deeds –  Dems won County Clerk, Treasurer, Coroner, Clerk of the Courts in 2017), every Judgeship. The Chester County Republican Party is on life support. No surprise – Trump hogs all the oxygen!

WAIT! There’s More: in East Whiteland Township, until recently a toss-up, Dems won every precinct (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6), and Charlestown Townwship, too!  A sweep for Zone 13!

WAIT! There’s More: In East Whiteland Precinct 3, turnout: 534 ballots cast – 35% more than 2017 and 42% more than 2015. In 2015 Dems cast 85 straight party ballots (vs. 68 Reps); in 2017, Dems cast 115 straight party ballots (vs. 72 Reps). Yesterday, Dems cast 200 straight party ballots! (vs. only 88 Reps). In every contest in East Whiteland Precinct 3, Democratic candidates carried over 60% of the vote – producing margins of 2:1.  

This achievement is the result of patriotic men and women taking the message to their neighbors that we will work to wrest American principles from the choke hold of a vile, venal, vacuous Republican leadership, finally exposed by Trump (though Bush-Cheney set the dials). Now, it is certain that our future must be, can only be redeemed by citizens who awaken to their civic duty.  ” …the work of donating and volunteering and showing up and getting involved — especially in state parties in battleground states — is essential now,” …  The blue wave of 2018 wasn’t preordained — people built it. They’re building another.”*  

East Whiteland Dems work together toward a government built on the social, economic, political and moral principles of the Democratic Party: equal justice and equal opportunity under the law.  

Ben Wickler, Wisconson Democratic Party Chair, quoted by Michelle Goldberg, NY Times,  in 9/8/19

Dems picnic before campaign season kicks in

The East Whiteland / Charlestown Democrats held their annual picnic last weekend. It was time to relax before the hard work of getting our nine county-wide candidates elected in November.

A big thank you to the 2019 candidates who stopped by — Judges Analisa Sondergaard and Bret Binder, County Commissioner candidate Marian Moskowitz, Prothonotary candidate Debbie Bookman, and Chester County Sheriff candidate Fredda Maddox. Our neighbor, State Representative Kristine Howard, joined us as did many newcomers to East Whiteland/Charlestown Democrats.

The food was delicious and the company was great.

Sample Ballots, ready…

Volunteers prepare the sample ballots soon to be mailed to registered Democrats in Charlestown and East Whiteland. Thanks go to:

  • Diane Fugale
  • Pam Rockacy
  • Donna Pyne
  • Jerry Pyne
  • Joyce Stanley
  • Sue Drummond
  • Marsha Peltz
  • Kathy DeMarco
  • Adrienne Abramson
  • Carl Abramson
  • Bob Rodini

We also received a surprise visit by County Commissioner candidate Josh Maxwell.

Special thanks to Marsha Peltz for providing a comfortable place to perform this task.

Please come out and vote in the Primary Election on May 21. Polls are open from 7 am till 8 pm.