Beginning of New Year Message from Kathleen Keohane, Party Chair

Dear Tredyffrin Friends and Neighbors,

On behalf of the Tredyffrin Township Democratic Committee, we’d like to wish you and your family a  Happy Holiday Season, and Happy, Healthy New Year. Also, we’d like to thank you very much for your support throughout the year.

Looking Ahead to 2018

Melissa Shusterman

Chrissy Houlahan, 6th Congressional Candidate

Clearly, 2018 is going to be a very consequential year. Locally, the TTDEMS and activist groups will be working hard to inform and get out our voters to help elect well-qualified Democrats, Chrissy Houlahan to Congress from PA’s 6th District and Melissa Shusterman to the PA House from the 157th District, as well as re-elect  Bob Casey to the U.S. Senate and Tom Wolf as governor.  There is much to do before mid-term elections, and the organization and planning have already begun.

However, we would like to reflect on the success of the 2017 election and celebrate the wins of every local and county-level Democrat on our ballot.  In the first sweep ever, all were elected or re-elected by healthy margins. You helped make it happen with your contributions, GOTV efforts and your vote. Thank you.
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2017 Wins in Tredyffrin District Judge and Supervisor Races

Analisa Sondergaard was re-elected to a 6-year term as District Judge, serving most of Tredyffrin and half of East Whiteland. Tredyffrin’s Board of Supervisors will have three Democratic members for the first time in our 310-year history. In fact, Murph Wysocki is the first Democrat to be re-elected, and Matt Holt and Kevin O’Nell represent the 5thth and 6th Democrats ever elected. They will be sworn in at the first Board of Supervisors’ meeting on January 2, at 7 PM at the Township Building. Plan to attend if you can.

2017 Tredyffrin Easttown School District

Also, the November election resulted in four Democratic wins for T/E school director. Scott Dorsey, Kyle Boyer, Heather Ward and Tina Whitlow won their regional races. Due to the reapportionment of Regions 1, 2 and 3, Tredyffrin voters helped elect all four. Two –Kyle and Heather- are millennials and proud graduates of Conestoga High School. Democrats now hold seven of nine seats on the School Board and are committed to working in the best interest of the community. Just re-elected to a second term, Reverend Scott Dorsey has been chosen by fellow board members to serve as president in 2018, and Michele Burger voted in as the new vice-president.

2017 Historical Chester County Wins

Also, on January 3, 2018 four Democratic women will make Chester County history as they are sworn in to serve as county treasurer, controller, coroner and clerk of courts – the first Democrats ever elected at the county level. Fellow Tredyffrinite, Yolanda Van de Krol will be among them. You are welcome to attend this history-making event to be held in the Ballroom at Sykes Student Union, West Chester University at 11:30 AM.
We congratulate all our newly elected candidates and wish them the very best as they begin their public service to our communities.

Elections Have Consequences

The saying “Elections have consequences” could not be more clearly illustrated than it was this past year by a man who garnered just 36% of the 2016 presidential vote in Tredyffrin. This past November, in our township and throughout Chester County, Democratic voters and their supporters spoke loudly that they reject one-party control resulting from big money and foreign influence in politics.
As we gather with family and friends to celebrate the season, many of us have a deep sense of foreboding about our country’s future. Yet as Democrats, we are poised to continue a wave of engaged citizens determined to correct our course and protect our democracy.

The Future for Tredyffrin

This may surprise you! Given the latest party registration numbers, Tredyffrin Democrats now make up 41% of the voters – equal to their Republican counterparts, with 18% identifying themselves as Independents. In recent years, the trend has been Democratic. Still, our candidates take nothing for granted. They must work for every vote, and we intend to support them and get out Tredyffrin’s vote in 2018 and going forward.
Join us and help elect Democrats who will fight to protect our families and the environment, fight for economic fairness, access to affordable healthcare and a quality education for all, our civil rights, women’s rights, voting rights and for diplomacy over saber-rattling to resolve world conflicts.

When, Where and How to get Involved

The TTDEMS meet on the third Wednesday of the month at 7:30 PM in Keene Hall at the Township Building. We encourage our members to participate in one of our committees that support candidates and the election process, recruit volunteers and inform voters, research and report on important issues at the local, state and federal level, or plan events that bring community members together to meet candidates and enjoy each other’s company. The TTDEMS also sponsor a monthly discussion group that meets on the second Monday of the month at 7:30 in Tredyffrin Library.

Please JOIN US! Feel free to contact our members with questions. This information is listed on our website: www.ttdems.com under ABOUT US in the drop-down menu.  Visit our Facebook page – www.facebook.com/TTDEMS to see what’s going on and what news events and issues our members are following. Sign up to receive periodic brief newsletters at: http://www.ttdems.com/subscribe-to-receive-notifications-of-new-posts/

Again,  Happy Holidays and all the best for a Happy, Healthy 2018!

 

Sincerely,

Kathleen Keohane                   Jerry Henige

Chair, TTDEMS                          Vice-Chair, TTDEMS

k.e.keohane@gmail.com        jhenige@verizon.net