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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 [email protected] 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.

Candidate Petition Process

For the past three weeks East Whiteland/Charlestown and county candidates have been busy collecting the needed signatures to get their names on the Democratic ballot. Many of you attended our annual Pizza Petition Party on February 24.

Some candidates are able to “cross file” and have their names on the Republican Primary ballot! Likewise you may see Republican names on our Democratic Primary ballot on May 21 when we next vote.

How many signatures are needed depends on which race you wish to enter. Our Great Valley School Board candidates need to obtain only 10 signatures from registered voters in GVSD. Someone running for County Office such as Sheriff or Commissioner needs to get 250. Most candidates try to get double that amount to be sure that every signature is valid.

Neha Mehta

On Sunday, March 10 the Chester County Democratic Committee held a Notary Party for any and all candidates running for office in Primary 2019. Many folks from our zone attended. Michele Vaughn is running as one of two candidates for Register of Wills. Dr. Neha Mehta is running for Region 2 GVSD. All forms needed to be notarized and then turned in to Chester County Voter Services by 4:30 pm March 12.

Voter Services of Chester County collects all petitions and then begins the process of creating the ballot that we’ll see on May 21. A few things happen along the way. Individuals may challenge the validity of a nomination petition within seven days of the filing deadline. Voter Services writes on their website:

Typically, signatures are challenged on the basis that the signer was not qualified to sign the candidate’s nomination petition or paper, or the information provided by the signer is illegible. On some occasions, the validity of a signature is challenged on the basis that the signer’s handwriting or signature does not match that contained in the signer’s registration record. Most other challenges are based on the accuracy of the information provided by the candidate on the Candidate’s Affidavit or Statement of Financial Interests.

Jerry Pyne and Michele Vaughn

Ballot position is the next step in the election process. If there are more names than the number of votes that may be cast for an office, a drawing is held for ballot position.

An interesting side note for the General Election in November:

Since the current Governor of Pennsylvania is a registered Democrat, all Democratic party candidates will appear first. If the office requires a vote for more than one candidate, names will be listed according to the number of votes received in the Primary, with the highest vote getter listed first.

Marsha Peltz, Dan Boyle, Beth Sweet

We wish all of our candidates the best of luck as the petition process ends and we await the results of the CCDC Endorsement Convention on March 19. Zone Leader Jerry Pyne will lead our 16-member delegation of Committee Persons, Zone Leader and Assistant Zone Leader. Our own Marsha Peltz, Vice Chair of CCDC, will be seen on the Convention stage throughout the process!

The 2019 petition period ends on Tuesday, March 12. Feel free to reach out to Jerry or Marsha about our Primary or if you would like to run for office one day!

CCDC By-Law Convention

Chairman Dick Bingham

Zone 13 was well represented at the 2019 Bylaws Convention and Candidates Forum on Thursday, Feb. 21.
Chairman Dick Bingham led the packed auditorium through the Articles and amendments of our CCDC Bylaws to update them for the first time in almost a decade.
Our Committee Persons and their proxies got to hear from 21 well-qualified candidates hoping to win an endorsed slot on the May 21 Primary ballot. Our own zone’s Michele Vaughn is running for Register of Wills.

Thank you to all who attended from East Whiteland and Charlestown:

Jerry Pyne
Chris Demas
Marsha Peltz
John Neefe
Carl Abramson
Amanda Snyder
Michele Vaughn
Samantha Jouin
Tom Parker
Irene Banionis
Steve Rhoades
Dave Hesson

For up-to-the-moment information on who’s running for County and Statewide offices, visit the CCDC website at www.chescodems.org.

Paperwork is ready

East Whiteland and Charlestown CPs

Candidates (left) make their pitch.

Delegates can vote, candidates cannot.

More 2019 Candidates Pitch to Zone 13

On Monday, Feb. 4, nine candidates made their pitch at the Zone 13 meeting.  A brief bio of each can be found here.

These candidate need petition signatures to make it onto the primary ballot.  There will be a petition signing party at John’s Pizza on Sunday, Feb. 24 from 2 to 5 pm.

Debbie Bookman (Prothonotary) w/Jerry Pyne

Dan Boyle (Sheriff)

Joe Heffren (Prothonotary)

Jim Kovaleski (Charlestown Magisterial Judge)

Tip McCabe (Judge/Common Pleas)

Alita Rovito (Judge/Common Pleas)

Dan Maisano (Judge/Common Pleas)

Joe Lunsford (Sheriff)

Michele Vaughn (Register of Wills)