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