April Showers Bring May Primaries

We’re counting down to the Primaries on May 16 with many of our neighbors throwing their hat into the ring. Samantha Jouin is running for Great Valley School Board – Region 1 and both Chris Demas and Scott Lambert are running for East Whiteland Supervisor. Best of luck to all of our candidates!

It Takes A Village

Anyone running for office knows it takes a whole team to get out the vote! This month many of our members were outside in the rain knocking on doors or at the kitchen table stuffing literature into plastic sleeves. Everyone and every effort makes a big difference come election day!

Vicki Damiani and Cameron Peltz spent an afternoon folding and stuffing hundreds of letters for Samantha Jouin’s school board campaign.

Meanwhile, Samantha logged hours of weekend meet ‘n greets in Charlestown and East Whiteland homes.

Who’s On The Ballot?

For a full list of county and statewide endorsed Dems, click on Chester County Dems informative website: http://chescodems.org/on-the-ballot-in-2017/

Looking ahead to 2018

It’s not just this year’s local elections but next year’s all-important 6th Congressional District that’s on our minds. We welcomed candidate Bob Detorre to our April meeting. He shared his passion for the region and why he is running for Congress.

East Whiteland/Charlestown Dems welcomed 6th Congressional District candidate Bob Detorre (2nd from right) with Bob Eshelman, Assistant Zone Leader; Marsha Peltz, Zone Leader and Kathleen Keohane, Tredyffrin Zone Leader.

A few days later, Bob was written up in the Daily Local News, announcing his bid the 6th District.



Marching On To Election Day…

We were quite active this month as we gear up for Primary Day on May 16 and look ahead to November 2017 and even November 2018!

Our favorite School Board Candidate, Samantha Jouin (vying for GVSD Region 1 – EW 4,5,6 and Charlestown) began her canvassing this weekend. We thank all of our volunteers who came out (Bob E., Bill H., Amanda S., Marylyn C. and others). We not only knocked on doors for Samantha but gave out palm cards for Magisterial District Judge for EW 3 – 6, Judge Analisa Sondergaard!

All of our candidates needed to get their petitions notarized earlier this month. We ventured to Chester County Dems’ notary party in West Chester and got all of the paperwork handed in, on time. Pictured are EW Supervisor candidates Scott Lambert and Chris Demas. Our assistant Zone Leader, Bob Eshleman, was there getting his many judicial forms, that he carried, notarized too.
Steve Rhoades & Chris Demas
At our monthly meeting in early March we began our Precinct Profile. With so many new members joining our ranks, we are happy to feature our Committee People each month bragging, appropriately so, about their neighborhood. Here are EW 1 Committee People Steve Rhoades and Chris Demas addressing our group.

Our next meeting is Monday, April 3 and we will highlight EW 2 with Committee Persons Dave Hesson and Maddie Rolston.

Chrissy Houlihan (right of center)
Lastly, we are already looking ahead to 2018 elections with statewide and national races already begun. Many of us joined a discussion group with potential 6th Congressional District candidate Chrissy Houlihan. Chrissy may throw her hat in the ring to defeat Ryan Costello. She says she will be making a decision soon. This is her second appearance in our town as we welcomed her at our January meeting where she shared her background and Democratic values.

Primary Day is Tuesday, May 16. If you can volunteer at the polls, please reach out to Marsha at our next monthly meeting.

Candidates Endorsed at CC Dems Convention

More than a dozen EW and CH representatives attended the annual Chester County Democratic Committee Convention this week.

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We voted and endorsed the followed statewide judicial candidates:
PA Commonwealth Court:
Ellen Ceiseler
Joseph M. Cosgrove
PA Superior Court:
Deborah Kunselman
Maria McLaughlin
Geoffrey Moulton
Carolyn Nichols
And we endorsed two candidates for Chester County Row Offices:
County Coroner
Christina VanderPol
County Treasurer
Pat Maisano
Closer to home, we’ll be announcing candidates for EW Supervisor, GV School Board and more! Next Election (Primary) Day is just 12 weeks away on May 16.

We Are Active!

It’s only been 3 WEEKS since the Trump Administration turned our world upside down, but East Whiteland/Charlestown Democrats have never been busier! We’ve marched in Washington, protested near Philadelphia’s City Hall and traveled to Harrisburg to mobilize for the upcoming Primary elections on May 8. Here’s a look at our scrapbook:
January 21 in Washington DC
Irene, Barb, Marsha
Francois, Samantha, Marsha, Irene, Barb
January 26 in Philadelphia
Vicki, Marsha
February 10 in Harrisburg at the PA Dems State Committee Conference.
Vicki, Mike Parrish, Maryanne, Bob
Vicki, Mike Parrish, Marryanne, Bob
We hosted the largest turnout, ever, at our February 6 monthly meeting!
Next up … join us on Sunday, February 26 for our annual Pizza Petition Party.
We need as many Registered Dems as possible to sign petitions for local and county candidates to run in the primary.
And enjoy a slice of pizza on us! Meet at John’s Pizza on 630 Lancaster Avenue from 3 – 6 pm.

How East Whiteland Votes

election-dayWhile the results for the Democratic Party were disappointing nationally, Democratic candidates did well in East Whiteland.

Nearly 53% of all of the votes cast were for Democratic candidates.

Here are some of the highlights in the township.

* Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was the top vote getter in East Whiteland and she won over 60% of the vote. The Democratic Presidential candidates have won East Whiteland in every race since 2004.

* All of the statewide candidates outperformed their opponents and captured over 53% of the overall votes.

* State Senator Andy Dinniman won East Whiteland with over 58% of the vote.

These results reflect the hard work of our Committee people and dozens of volunteers. Once again we have demonstrated that grassroots efforts can make it a difference. Please consider getting involved as there are plenty ways to volunteer.