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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Liftoff To Victory

Event Date: Sunday, March 18, 2018 
Event Location: American Helicopter Museum
Address: 1220 American Blvd.
West Chester, PA  19380

 Join us Sunday March 18 at the amazing American Helicopter Museum in West Chester

VIP Cocktail Hour 5 pm to 6 pm includes an Open Bar and an opportunity to mingle with candidates, elected officials and sponsors.

At 6 pm we will lift off with food stations, cash bar and full access to the museum’s exhibits

Our 2018 candidates for US Congress and the PA Legislature will be positioned throughout the museum

You can register here.

This Is What Democracy Looks Like!

On Sunday, February 25, registered Dems from West Whiteland, East Whiteland and Charlestown met at a neighborhood pizza parlor to decide who gets to be on the ballot. This is how democracy is done!

Over three hours we had 100+ Democrats visit us at our annual Pizza Petition Party at John’s Pizza in Frazer. John’s deserves a round of applause as they never charge us for the space! We did enjoy nine cheesy pizzas and many pitchers of soda (which we did pay for, happily!)

Zone leader Marsha Peltz (East Whiteland/Charlestown) and Zone leader Matt Morley (West Whiteland) greeted candidates and neighbors. Red, white and blue balloons plus meet ‘n greets of State Committee candidates and PA House candidates made the afternoon an upbeat one. One visitor just turned 18 and got to sign his first petition!

Thanks to everyone who stopped by and signed their name to the dozen or more candidates’ petitions. We will have a full slate of qualified Democratic options come Primary Day on Tuesday, May 15.

Join us at our monthly meetings on the first Monday of the month — March 5, April 2 and May 7 — to learn about the 2018 Midterms and how you can help.

Have you circled Tuesday, May 15 on your calendar to get to the polls and vote? If you would like to volunteer for a two shift at one of our neighborhood precincts on election day, please notify Marsha Peltz at marsha1000@aol.com or tell her at the next meeting! Together, we can do this!


East Whiteland and Charlestown Dems traveled to Harrisburg and to West Chester for two party gatherings as we await the final list of candidates for our May 15’s Primary.
Over the weekend of February 9-10, several of us took the train to the state capitol for the Winter PA Dems Meeting. We voted on new interim PA Dems leadership and heard from seven Lt. Governor candidates. State Committee Representative Vicki Damiani was joined by Zone Leader Marsha Peltz and EW 3 Committee Person Michele Vaughn. They met up with about a dozen fellow Dems from Chester County. Hundreds of Dems from across the state gathered at a series of Deminars, lunches, dinners and forums.
This past Tuesday, February 20, the focus was just on Chester County. All of your Committee Persons sat as a group in the large auditorium at Stetson Middle School in West Chester. We endorsed candidates from the Governor’s Office to the 167th State House race.
Special thanks to all who attended from our zone:
Marsha Peltz, Zone Leader
Jerry Pyne, Assistant Zone Leader
Vicki Damiani, State Committee Rep
Charlestown Committee Person Irene Banionis
EW 1 Committee Persons Chris Demas & Steve Rhoades
EW 2 Committee Person Dave Hesson
EW 3 Committee Persons Amanda Snyder & Michele Vaughn
EW 5 Committee Person Brian Taylor
EW 6 Committee Persons Bill Shipley & Tom Parker
Also joining us was Martin and Aleen McElroy and Zone 13 Secretary Bob Rodini

Women’s March 2018

In January 2017 many East Whiteland/Charlestown Dems hopped a bus to Washington, DC to march and show our displeasure at the new White House administration.

This year we hopped the Paoli/Thorndale train to Center City. We were well represented by neighbors here and at every stop along the mainline. We marched from the Franklin Institute to the Art Museum. The sun was strong and so were the messages! Here’s a few photos from Saturday, January 20th.