Chester County Democrats gathered at Stetson Middle School on Tuesday night to endorse countywide judicial and row offices.
Among the 23 candidates presented to Chester County Democratic Committee, only two – Deb Ryan for District Attorney and Chris Pielli for Recorder of Deeds – ran unopposed, and each earned a voice vote of unanimous consent.
The race for County Commissioner went three rounds as the 362 eligible voters in attendance could vote for two of the four runners. No one passed the 65 percent threshold on the first round. With all four candidates running again, Josh Maxwell captured 66 percent of the vote. The two who received the next-highest number of votes – Marian Moskowitz and Kathi Cozzone – ran for a third ballot. Neither candidate earned an endorsement.
Moskowitz, Cozzone, and Ginny Kerslake will run in the primary.
In addition to Ryan, Pielli, and Maxwell, endorsed candidates generating 65 percent or more of ballots cast were:
- Pennsylvania Superior Court: Amanda Green-Hawkins and Dan McCaffery
- Court of Common Pleas: Analisa Sondergaard and Bret Binder
- Sheriff: Fredda Maddox
No endorsement was given for Prothonotary, as Debbie Bookman and Joe Heffern will run in the primary, or Register of Wills, as Lisa Longo and Michele Vaughn will run in the primary.
Many who spoke on Tuesday night noted that the high turnout was reflective of the high energy in the Democratic party across the whole county.
“The ripple effect for change from one-party rule began in 2017 when we elected four County Row Officers,” said CCDC Chairman Dick Bingham. “Last year, Chester County voters chose to go ‘blue,’ electing six Democrats of the nine PA State Representative seats and sending the first Democrat to Congress from the Sixth District.
“That enthusiasm has spread to a record number of Democrats filing petitions for their local school board and to run as township supervisors. History is poised to be made again this fall as more women, minorities, and first-time candidates step up to serve their communities.”
Tuesday, May 21 is the Municipal Primary. The last day for residents to register to vote for the primary is April 22. Absentee ballots are available from Chester County Voter Services and must be returned by May 17. The General Election is Tuesday, Nov. 5.