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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.

Meet and Greet the Democratic Candidates

In just two short weeks, you will be casting your vote for candidates for the following offices:

  • Judge of the Superior Court
  • Judge of the Court of Common Pleas
  • County Commissioner
  • District Attorney
  • Sheriff
  • Prothonotary
  • Register of Wills
  • Recorder of Deeds

Who are the candidates and what are the responsibilities of the office they are seeking? Please take advantage of this great opportunity to

Meet Democratic candidates
on Tuesday, May 14 from 6:30 to 8:30
at the home of
Sue Habgood
14 Anthony Drive

For Judge of the Court of Common Pleas: Analisa Sondergaard, Bret Binder
For County Commissioner: Josh Maxwell, Marian Moskowitz
For Sheriff: Fredda Maddox
For Register of Wills: Michele Vaughn
For Prothonotary: Debbie Bookman

Benjamin Franklin said it best as he exited the Constitution Convention in Philadelphia. Asked by a woman as he walked passed, (I paraphrase) “Dr. Franklin, Dr. Franklin, what have you wrought???” “You have a Republic, Madam, if you can keep it!”

We can keep it through our VOTE!!!! R.S.V.P Sue Habgood ahlt@verizon.net or 610-247-0917

Lawn signs, ready…

The lawn signs are ready. Are you ready for the Primary Election on May 21? The candidates below are.

Standing L-R: Wendy Litzke (cand. GVSB), Scott Lambert, Annalisa Sondergaard (cand. Common Pleas Court), Kevin, “Phil”. Seated L-R: Rachel Gallegos (cand. GVSB), March Peltz, Neha Mehta (cand. GVSB).

CCDC Endorsement Convention

The CCDC Endorsement Convention was held on March 19 at Stetson Middle School. There were over 400 attendees (candidates, committee people, proxies, and observers) and the energy was high. The Zone 13 delegation was there in full-force.

Some of the Zone 13 delegation.

Here are the results of the convention. Note that the threshold for an endorsement is now 65% of the vote.

For offices where there was only one candidate the endorsement was automatic.

District Attorney: Deb Ryan – won endorsement
Recorder of Deeds: Chris Pielli – won endorsement

Round #1

PA Superior Court: Amanda Green Hawkins, Dan McCaffery – won endorsements
Court of Common Pleas: Brett Binder, Analisa Sondergaard – won endorsements
County Commissioner: Maxwell, Cozzone, Moskowitz, Kerslake – no endorsement first round
Sheriff: Maddox, Lunsford, Sarro, Boyl – no endorsement first round
Prothonotary: Bookman (57%), Heffern (43%) – no endorsement
Register of Wills: Vaughn (59%), Longo (41%) – no endorsement

Round #2

County Commissioner: Maxwell – won endorsement
Cozzone, Moskowitz, Kerslake – no endorsement second round
Sheriff: Maddox – won endorsement

Round #3

County Commissioner: Cozzone (41%), Moskowitz (59%) – no endorsement

It was a long night. Our delegation was disappointed that our Michele did not win an endorsement. The subject of zone level endorsements will be the topic of our next Zone meeting on April 1 at the township building.