The East & West Bradford Democrats are proud to have the best voters (and volunteers) in Chester County!
You came to the polls or submitted your absentee or mail-in ballots with votes for our candidates across this zone and the state. You volunteered to canvass your neighbors, phone bank, or text your neighbors. Together we helped send Christina Sappey back to Harrisburg in the (new) 158th General Assembly District, and elect Chris Pielli to the open seat in the also-redistricted 156th District, both winning handily.
And your votes for Josh Shapiro for Governor with his running mate Austin Davis for Lt. Governor helped ensure that Pennsylvania will have strong leadership for the next four years. You also helped John Fetterman become the new junior Senator from this state. This slate defeated Trump-backed candidates that would have sent PA and the country in the wrong direction.
Enjoy these wins, and the holiday season coming. Next year will see new races for county commissioners, row offices, and of course return us to working to elect strong school directors for DASD and WCASD as well as township officials. Then it’s back to work.
2022 Winners – Josh Shapiro, Austin Davis, John Fetterman, Christina Sappey and Chris Pielli. Congratulations!
Chester County will once again be pivotal in ensuring that reasonable, moderate, and highly qualified candidates are elected to serve in office in Pennsylvania. The Republican Party has become, unfortunately for our two-party system, too radical and extreme for the Commonwealth.
Democrats have worked to retain basic freedoms such as reproductive rights, promote healthy outcomes during the pandemic, serve residents regardless of their backgrounds or situation, and invest in our state and region
However, Republican politicians and candidates have worked to undermine the press, deny free and fair elections, and done the bidding of the gun lobby, “Big Oil”, MAGA radicals, greedy corporations, and even white supremacists.
We are pleased to put forth candidates who serve the best interests of everyone equally.
East and West Bradford Townships
Josh Shapiro – Governor
Throughout his career as a public servant, Josh Shapiro has taken on the status quo, brought people together to solve tough problems, and delivered results for the people of Pennsylvania. Since 2017, he has served as the People’s Attorney General, working every day to stand up to powerful institutions and protect Pennsylvanians’ rights. Now, Josh is running to be Pennsylvania’s next Governor — to move our Commonwealth forward and tackle our biggest challenges.
Austin Davis – Lt. Governor
Elected to the PA House in 2018, Austin Davis became the first African American to serve as state representative for the 35th Legislative District in Allegheny County. Currently, Austin serves as chair of the Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation and vice chair of the House Democratic Policy Committee, as well as serving on the House Appropriations Committee, House Consumer Affairs Committee, House Insurance Committee, and House Transportation Committee. Austin is also a member of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, Climate Caucus, and PA SAFE Caucus.
John Fetterman – US Senate (PA)
Current PA Lt. Governor, John Fetterman doesn’t look or talk like a typical politician, and he hasn’t followed the traditional path to running for office. As Lt. Governor, he advocates for economic justice and criminal justice reform. As the chair of Pennsylvania’s Board of Pardons, John has led the fight to give second chances to non-violent longtime inmates and free those who have been wrongfully convicted. He has taken numerous steps to overhaul the clemency process in Pennsylvania. Under John’s tenure, the Board has recommended more applicants for commutation than under any lieutenant governor in decades. He supported legalizing marijuana before it was popular, officiated a same-sex marriage before it was legal, and pushed for single payer healthcare long before it was mainstream. The issues John is running on now are the same issues he’s been working on for the last two decades.
Chrissy Houlahan US Representative 6th Congressional District c
Elected to the US House in 2018 as the first woman and first Democrat to represent PA-06, Chrissy Houlahan is an Air Force veteran, engineer, entrepreneur, and educator. She serves on Armed Services, Foreign Affairs, and Small Business Committees. She’s on the leadership team of the New Democrat Coalition and is the co-founder of three Congressional Caucuses: Women in STEM, For County, and The Servicewomen, and Women Veterans Caucus.
East Bradford Township
Chris Pielli – PA State Representative 156th District
From serving our country in the U.S. Army to our county as the first Democratic Recorder of Deeds, Chris Pielli built his career around public service. Pielli is a father, a husband, an attorney, a veteran, and a teacher. He was a Democratic State Committeeperson, and a Township Supervisor. As the Republican Party threatens our basic freedoms, Pielli chooses to fight—defending voting rights; protecting our air, water, and the environment; fighting for healthcare and equal rights.
West Bradford Township
Christina Sappey – PA State Representative 158th District (Incumbent)
Prior to her election as State Representative in 2018, Christina Sappey was in senior staff positions for three state legislators since 2006. She currently serves on the PA House Committees on Agriculture & Rural Affairs, Local Government, and Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness. Christina is an appointed member of the bi-partisan, bi-cameral PA Local Government Commission, as well as a member of the Autism and Intellectual Disabilities Caucus, Blue-Green, Climate Caucus, Ladies of the House, Mental Health Caucus, PA SAFE Caucus, and Women’s Health Caucus.
Polls are open on Election Day from:
7:00 AM to 8:00 PM (Absentee and mail-in ballots must also be received by 8:00 PM to be counted)
Last day to request a mail-in or absentee ballot: November 1, 2022
Mail-In Ballot Voting: You can vote at Chester County Voter Services (601 Westtown Rd, Suite 150, West Chester) in person early, or at the polls on Election Day. The drop box there is available until 8pm on Election Day.
There will also be convenient drop-box locations throughout the county; it is too late to expect the US Postal Service to deliver it on time. See locations/times here.
It was a familiar refrain during the presidency of Donald Trump – his actions may not have been surprising, but they were still shocking.
For those of us aware of the leaked Supreme Court draft decision overturning Roe v. Wade, the Court’s official decision to overturn the 1973 ruling and nearly 50 years of legal precedent in this country was no less shocking for being unsurprising.
The Court’s decision was devastating, and its catastrophic consequences for the health, well-being, and basic human rights of women, girls, and all pregnant people have only become more apparent over the past few months. Beyond what we already knew about the consequences of restricting access to abortion – that women are poorer and sicker and more likely to die, and that the most vulnerable in this country bear the brunt of these impacts – we have seen horrific stories like that of the 10-year-old girl in Ohio; a survivor of rape forced to travel to Indiana because she could not secure an abortion in her home state. And now, Indiana itself has passed legislation to ban abortion.
Here in Pennsylvania, reproductive rights are on the ballot in November. There could not be a starker contrast between the Democratic and Republican candidates for governor, and crucially, the winner will have the power to sign or veto laws determining abortion access across the Commonwealth. Republican Doug Mastriano has sponsored a six-week abortion ban and called the notion of “my body, my choice” “ridiculous nonsense.” Democrat Josh Shapiro has rightly noted that abortion access is health care and has vowed to oppose any attempt to further restrict abortion in Pennsylvania.
The Senate race between John Fetterman and New Jerseyan Mehmet Oz is similarly crucial, with control of the upper chamber hanging in the balance. Oz has repeatedly trumpeted his pro-life stance since entering the race, while Fetterman has argued against restrictions to abortion rights. Fetterman has stated that he would support ending the filibuster in order to codify a national right to abortion.
On November 8, 2022, we will also have the opportunity to re-elect our fantastic, tireless Representatives Chrissy Houlahan (PA’s 6th Congressional District) and Christina Sappey (PA State Rep 158th District that includes West Bradford) and elect Chris Pielli (to the PA State Rep 156th District that includes East Bradford); all will continue to champion reproductive rights and abortion access in both Washington and Harrisburg.