Weekend Warriors

Your neighborhood Democrats have been busy knocking on doors, getting folks to think about the Midterms and protesting the awful immigration policies. Here are a few photos from last weekend.

Last Sunday night, several of us from Zone 13 met at the West Chester Courthouse steps to show our incredulity for the immigration policies of separating children from their moms and dads. We heard moving speeches from our friends and neighbors around Chester County. The TV crews and newspapers covered the Candlelight Vigil and some of us had our 5-seconds of fame!

Families Belong Together Rally
Saturday, June 30 at 10 am
Historic Chester County Courthouse steps

Also in Philadelphia
Saturday, June 30 at 11 am
Logan Circle

The National Rally is being held at Lafayette Square in Washington, DC
For more information, go to FamiliesBelongTogether.org for local events across the country.

If you want to get involved, at home or around the county, attend our next East Whiteland/Charlestown Dems meeting on Monday night, July 2 at 7 pm at the East Whiteland Township Building. You’ll hear from candidates and/or their campaign representatives.

Let’s get organized now. Election Day is November 6 — just 19 weeks away!

Wonderful news to share!

Your 14 Committee Persons (or their proxies) attended last week’s Chester County Democratic Committee (CCDC) Reorganization Meeting to elect new Officers for 2018-2022.

And the winners included — Marsha Peltz for CCDC Vice Chair.

Marsha (second from left above) says, “I am delighted to help lead not just East Whiteland and Charlestown but all of the precincts and zones in our county!”

Links to news articles about the entire reorganization results:


Your Zone 13 was well represented by:

Michael Churchill & Irene Banionis
Chris Demás & Steve Rhoades
Maddie Rolston & Dave Hesson
Amanda Snyder & Michele Vaughn
Terri Schatz & Donna Pyne
Joyce Hegarty & John Hegarty
Vicki Damiani & Martin McElroy
Tom Parker & MaryLou Meehan

Our Assistant Zone Leader Jerry Pyne was instrumental in setting up the entire county’s check-in process!  We are so fortunate to have such a great team represent us before the whole county.

Irene Banionis did a wonderful job making the nomination for me as Vice Chair to a crowd of about 400 people in the West Chester Stetson Middle School auditorium. As folks gathered, the candidates passed out buttons, stickers, goodie bags and campaign lit. There was real excitement in the air as nominations, speeches, and voting took place.

There is one more Reorganization Election and that’s for East Whiteland/Charlestown Dems only! We meet on Monday, July 2 at 7 pm to elect our new Zone Leader and Assistant Zone Leader. Jerry Pyne and Chris Demas are running as a slate.

Anyone else wish to add their name? If so, email Marsha at marsha1000@aol.com by June 30.

Counting Down To the May 15 Primary

Your East Whiteland and Charlestown neighbors have been very busy getting ready for our favorite Spring Day — the mid-term Primary!  Polls open at 7 am on Tuesday, May 15 and we are ready with over 30 poll greeters in six locations! Stop by and say hello.   Don’t forget to claim your I Voted sticker on the way out.

Last night we met at the home of Sue Habgood for a Meet ‘n Greet with East Whiteland’s Jeff McFall, one of two candidates for the Pennsylvania 167th House of Representatives. Sue joined forces with (Chef) Adrienne Abramson for a truly delicious gathering.

Last weekend we had two big events — Co-hosting a Malvern Blooms booth with our next-door neighbors, the Willistown-Malvern Dems and our semi-annual Sample Ballot Stuffing at Marsha’s house. Many candidates shared our Blooms booth including Tanner Rouse for PA State Senate, Alex Teplyakov for PA Dems State Committee plus Kristine Howard and Jeff McFall, both running for the 167th House seat. Zone Leaders Denise VanValkenburgh and Marsha Peltz talked to dozens of Malvern Blooms visitors, answering questions about the mid-term races.

Kristine Howard (2nd from left) and Jeff McFall (far right) at Malvern Blooms
Thanks to SO many volunteers, it only took four hours (and many Dunkin’ Donuts) to fold, stuff, address and seal 530 household envelopes. The Sample Ballot mailing was smaller than our Fall campaign as we want to save our limited dollars for a BIG push come November. The ballots arrived in mailboxes this week. A big thank you to our many volunteers!
Ballot mailing
Ballot mailing
Ballot mailing
Pam Rockacy
Donna Pyne
Bob Rodini
Aleen McElroy
Jerry Pyne
Joyce Stanley
Sue Habgood
Carl Abramson
Marlyn Calabrese
Adrienne Abramson
Carol Armstrong
Irene Banionis
Lynne Neefe
Martin McElroy

Who’s On The Primary Ballot?

Bob Casey
incumbent • endorsed by CCDC

Bob Casey was raised to believe that “all public service is a trust, given in faith and accepted in honor,” and he has brought that to every office he has held, from PA Auditor General to U.S. Senator. In Harrisburg, he focused on making government more accountable and responsive to the needs of Pennsylvanians. Since becoming in 2006 the first Pennsylvania Democrat elected to a full Senate term since 1962, he has worked to create family-sustaining jobs and foster financial security for PA families; to protect our children and invest in their futures; to ensure safety at home and respect for America abroad; to promote honesty and accountability in government; to preserve the dignity of the vulnerable of all ages; and to advocate for his constituents and help them solve problems they face. He is a voice for those who are threatened by Congressional Republicans’ recent attempts to give tax cuts to the ultra-rich and to undermine Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

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Tom Wolf
incumbent • endorsed by CCDC

In 2014 Wolf carried Chester County by some 5,600 votes on his way to being elected Governor by the very substantial margin of almost 10%. In office, he has fought to change Harrisburg. He has prohibited administration employees from accepting gifts from lobbyists, reformed legal contracting to end pay to play, restored the one billion dollar cut to education made in the previous administration, expanded Medicaid, given more than 50,000 seniors the opportunity to age in their homes, and made Pennsylvania a national leader in fighting the opioid and heroin epidemic.

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Nina Ahmad

Nina is a scientist, women’s rights advocate, and first-generation Bangladeshi American. She is running as the progressive voice that Pennsylvania needs to take on Donald Trump. Nina came to United States at twenty-one. She earned her Ph.D from U Penn and achieved success as a molecular biologist and entrepreneur. As President of the Philadelphia NOW, Nina led a fight to fire three DA’s officer prosecutors who e-mailed pornographic images. She has fought workplace discrimination and harassment that undermines women and people of color. Nina was an organizer for Howard Dean’s insurgent presidential campaign in 2004 and a national delegate for Barack Obama. She has recruited and trained candidates to run as local committee people. She has served as Deputy Mayor for Public Engagement under Mayor Jim Kenney, overseeing the Commission for Women, the Office of Black Male Engagement, and the Youth Commission.

 Kathi Cozzone
endorsed by CCDC

Kathi Cozzone was sworn in as Chester County Commissioner on January 6, 2008 and was re-elected to office in November 2011 and in 2015. She has served as Vice Chair of the Board since 2011.  Her most recent role in the private sector was a Corporate Business manager at Rodale Inc. in Emmaus, PA. In 2010, she graduated from the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania’s Academy for Excellence in County Government. In 2017, she was elected First Vice President of CCAP, after having served as Second Vice President the preceding year.

John Fetterman

John grew up in York and attended Albright College, where he played on the football team. In the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program, mentoring a boy whose parents died of AIDS motivated John to join AmeriCorps, serving in Pittsburgh’s historic Hill District. He earned a

Masters in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, then started a GED program in Braddock PA. In 2005, encouraged by his students,

John ran successfully for mayor. As mayor, John has applied a hands-on approach to rebuild his community and attract new residents and jobs. In 2016, he ran for U.S. Senate to champion all struggling towns. An outsider, he earned 20% of the vote in a 4-way primary, emerging as a progressive voice for working people.

Ray Sosa

 Ray has over 20 years of experience in the private sector providing support and advice to big and small companies, and he wants to use that experience to create a more efficient and effective government in PA. For too long, the powers and resources of the Lt. Governor’s office have been underutilized, and even though Ray is a political outsider, he is uniquely qualified to serve in these positions because Ray was appointed by three different U.S. Governors to lead districts in coordinating Emergency Management and Response; was Chairman of the Governor’s Human Rights Advocacy Committee for 10 years, fighting for hospitals, juveniles justice centers, foster care homes, and nursing homes. For 10 years, provided legislative policy support for three governors. Ray wants to bring the spirit of statesmanship back to PA so that every Pennsylvanian can be confident that we are working tirelessly for them.

Mike Stack

Mike Stack served four terms in the State Senate representing the 5th district in Northeast Philadelphia, and was the Democratic Chair of the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee. He is a graduate of LaSalle College High School and LaSalle University and earned his law degree from Villanova University Law School in 1992. He has been a Fellow of The University of Pennsylvania Leadership Academy of the Fels Institute of Government, member of the Board of Trustees of Temple University and of the Holocaust Awareness Museum, and member of the Board of Directors of Self-Help Movement Inc. He is a member of the Democratic State Committee. Mike was elected as Lieutenant governor in 2014.

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Chrissy Houlahan
endorsed by CCDC

Chrissy earned her engineering degree from Stanford with a ROTC scholarship and received her M.S. in Technology and Policy from MIT. She served three years active duty as a Captain in the US Air Force, and 13 years in the Reserves. She was founding COO of B-Lab (a nonprofit that promotes B Corporations and good business practices) and President and COO/CFO for Springboard Collaborative (a Philadelphia-based nonprofit focused on improving early childhood literacy in underserved communities country-wide).

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Serving Charlestown, East Whiteland, Easttown, Malvern, West Pikeland, West Whiteland, and Willistown

Kristine Howard
endorsed by CCDC

Kristine spent most of the last decade working for progressive candidates and serving as a Democratic committeeperson from Malvern while balancing the responsibilities of work and single-mother parenting. She was raised in a New Jersey family that valued service and education. After working her way through U Penn and law school at Rutgers in Camden, she married and spent five years in New Mexico, where she ran a small legal and social services organization while her family grew. After returning to Pennsylvania, she focused on raising her three boys and four girls while working for Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and acting as an advocate for children in foster care. She now works for the County investigating child abuse cases. Her experiences as a social worker, mother and political activist came together in her decision to run for State Representative.

Jeff McFall

Jeff wishes to be a new voice in Harrisburg, that addresses immediate needs while providing vision for the future of our Commonwealth, a representative to speak up regarding the very real issues we face on a day to day basis, as well as planning for future generations. The $1.5 billion budget shortfall costs us all, young and old, working and retired. The cost of healthcare continues to be an issue we all wrestle with daily. Jeff’s family saw their monthly premiums increase over 20% and co-pays increase by as much as 100%, while overall benefits were significantly decreased. And PA families are impacted every day by our public schools: we must address funding to expand early childhood education, transportation for after-school activities, and taking care of the teachers who help shape the next generation.

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The top four female vote-getters and the top four male vote-getters will be elected to the PA Democratic State Committee


Elva Bankins Baxter
Barbara Cooper
Lani Frank
Mary LaSota
Lisa Longo
Stephannie McLimans
Diane O’Dwyer
Debra Sulenski
Michele Vaughn


John Hellman
Kevin Houghton
Chris Kowerdovich
Dennis McAndrews
David McLimans
Chris Pielli
Bill Scott
Alex Teplyakov
Hans van Mol

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Zone 13
Committee Persons
Vote for Two per precinct


Irene Banionis
Michael Churchill

East Whiteland 1

Christopher Demas
Stephen Rhoades

East Whiteland 2

David Hesson
Maddie Marcotte-Rolston

East Whiteland 3

Amanda Snyder
Michele Vaughn

East Whiteland 4

Samantha Jouin
Teresa Schatz

East Whiteland 5

Joyce Hegerty
Brian Taylor

East Whiteland 6

Tom Parker
MaryLou Meehan

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