Blue Wave Sweeps Through at Home

While there may be questions about the size of the blue wave nationally, it was tidal wave here at home. For the second year in a row, the results at the county and local levels were stunning.  Democratic candidates running in our zone won seats that were historically held by Republicans.  Congratulations to Chrissy Houlahan and Kristine Howard for their historic victories in the 6th Congressional district and 167th State Representative district respectively.

Much like in 2017, Democratic candidates did extraordinarily well in East Whiteland and Charlestown. Here are some of the highlights in our zone.

  • Democratic candidates won every precinct in our zone except one (by 23 votes).
  • Democratic candidates outperformed the county-level results by 6-7 percentage points in East Whiteland.  In Charlestown, Democratic candidates outperformed the county-level results in 3 out of 4 races.
  • Governor Wolf was the biggest winner in our zone winning 66% overall and won one precinct by over 70%!

These results reflect the hard work of our candidates, Committee people and volunteers.  We have demonstrated that our continued commitment to grassroots campaigning makes a difference.  Please consider getting involved as there are plenty ways to volunteer.

While these results are historic and should be celebrated, this is no time to become complacent.  There was a great deal of enthusiasm in this election and we need to maintain this level of engagement for our local elections next year and continue the momentum into 2020.

Midterms and the Media

Chester County Democratic Committee TRUE BLUE SOCIETY

Reflections of the 2018 Midterms
from the press’s point of view

Wednesday, November 14
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Timothy’s of Lionville
Lionville Shopping Center
120 Eagleview Blvd. • Exton • 19321
Mike McGann, Editor/Publisher
The Times of Chester County, Unionville Times, Kennett Times, Coatesville Times & Downingtown Times
Wally Kennedy, KYW Newsradio Anchor

Wally Kennedy has been a news anchor with KYW Newsradio since 2006.
A familiar name in Philadelphia radio and television, he has covered stories
in the area for 35 years. Prior to joining KYW Newsradio, he spent twenty years
as a television talk host, leading three successful news-oriented talk programs,
a top-rated entertainment show, and many special programs.

Exclusive Admission to True Blue Society & Chair’s Club members only

For tickets print this form and bring payment to event.

Election Day 2018 (Yeah, We Won)

So proud to wear “I voted” stickers.

It was a cool, rainy day on November 6, but that didn’t deter thousands of voters from casting their ballots.

Voters were greeted by our hard-working volunteers at every precinct in Zone 13.

The results were phenomenal as all Democratic candidates on our ballot won: Tom Wolf, Bob Casey Jr., Chrissy Houlahan, and Kristine Howard.

Congratulations to all and thanks for voting!

EW2 greeters
Winner – Most enthusiastic greeter
Chrissy Houlahan visits Charlestown poll shortly before closing.

Get Out The Vote Starts Now!


Our volunteers have been busy stuffing sample ballots to be mailed to 5,000 households in E.W. and Charlestown townships.

They have also been planting lawn signs for our candidates. And did you notice how a McCawley supporter jumped the gun and planted thousands of signs long before the 30 day window ahead of election day?

There are still opportunities to Get Out The Vote (GOTV). Come to the zone meeting (location to be announced) on Monday Oct. 29, 7pm or volunteer here

Where Does All That Stormwater Go?

Cedar Hollow Run as it enters Cedar Hollow Preserve

This past summer, many of us have suffered from water in our basements, flooded yards, and washed-out bridges and roads that keep us from getting where we’re going. Did you know that both flood waters and water that runs into storm drains ends up in our streams? What does all this storm water do when it gets there?

Join a two-hour field trip to see. Then learn how each of us can control and even use stormwater on our property, not only to prevent flooded basements and streets, but also to improve the health of the natural lands around us.

WHERE: Open Land Conservancy’s Cedar Hollow Preserve 1645 Church Road, Malvern

WHEN: Saturday, October 20, rain or shine 1:00 pm (finish by 3:00)

WHO: Property owners, concerned citizens, curious people of all ages. The hiking is not strenuous, but be prepared for wet trails.

TO SIGN UP: Go to this link or contact Mary Westervelt at


At Cedar Hollow Preserve, we’ll see an example of controlled stream flow resulting in a healthy stream, even in this summer of torrential rains. We’ll also see a stream that suffers degradation from uncontrolled flow, largely from developed land upstream. We’ll learn to see the signs of health or degradation.

Next we’ll take a trip to nearby the Conservancy’s Airdrie Forest Preserve, off Fennerton Road between N. Valley Rd. and 252 in Paoli. There we’ll see erosion cutting gullies as much as fifteen feet deep as a result of stormwater runoff from the developed neighborhood uphill. Sediment and debris from these gullies finds its way into our streams!

You’ll come away with useful tools and know-how to ensure that YOUR storm water is not part of the problem!

 Mary Westervelt, Tredyffrin Environmental Advisory Council Chair
 Pete Goodman, Valley Forge Trout Unlimited Environmental Chair
 Ray Clarke, Vice President, Open Land Conservancy
 David Bressler, Stroud Water Research Center Citizen Science Project Facilitator

Learn more about Open Land Conservancy and its Preserves at or by clicking here.

Casino Night Fundraiser

Event Date: Sunday, October 14, 2018
Event Location: Milestone Events
Address: 600 E. Market St.
West Chester, PA 19382

Join us Sunday, October 14 at the amazing Milestone Events 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 test your luck at the casino tables, complete with food, drinks, and fun.
Our 2018 candidates for US Congress and the PA Legislature will be positioned throughout the venue.

Guests: $110
Committee persons: $85
Candidates: $85
Young Democrats: $35
All prices include 2 drink tickets and startup casino chips

sign up link:

EW Home Hosts Chrissy Houlahan Event

Committee Person and School Board member Samantha Jouin (along with others) hosted a Chrissy Houlihan event at her house on Saturday, September 15.  It was well attended by 60 or more people.


The highlight of the event was Chrissy’s talk.  First, she described the new 6th congressional district.  Next, she documented her family’s tradition of military service.  Her grandfather, father, and Chrissy herself served as military aviators.

After fulfilling her military commitments, and obtaining a master’s degree in technology policy from MIT, Chrissy said she joined a T-shirt company in Paoli.  This was the AND-1 company that was incorporated as a B corporation.  Chrissy was the Chief Operating Officer and grew the company to $250M in revenues before selling it.

The experience with a B corporation led her and husband Bart to found B-Lab which helps other companies with their charters.

Chrissy said she realized that education is the main path to success in our country.  So, she then became a chemistry teacher (Teach for America program) in a Philadelphia school.  Following this she served as president of the non-profit Springboard Collaborative.  Springboard’s purpose is to improve early childhood literacy in underserved communities countrywide.

Finally, Chrissy told us why she was running.  She believes that under the current administration, the democratic principles under which our country was founded are in jeopardy.  And on a personal level, she stated that her daughter’s rights as a member of the LBGT community are being curtailed.

Chrissy took action by running for office.




Some of the event organizers from East Whiteland including Samantha, Laura House-Kelly, Marsha Peltz, and Lynne Neefe.

Annual Picnic Honors Bob Eshelman

The East Whiteland and Charlestown Democrats honored committeeman and assistant zone leader Bob Eshelman during their picnic in August. Bob was known as a tireless worker who could explain the local and national political landscape.

He was also known for his topical (and hilarious) T-shirts, and his beautiful dog Logi.







Ben Franklin was a special guest.  He gave all present a history lesson on his life and achievements.









Everyone enjoyed the food especially the lambburgers.

Consider joining our group for similar fun activities.

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 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 by June 30.