2019 LOCAL CANDIDATES
Andrew Edwards – East Bradford Township Supervisor
Andrew Edwards seeks to offer a new perspective for the residents of East Bradford and prepare the township for the future. In addition to modernizing and optimizing municipal activities, he wants to prepare for the emerging demographic, economic, and environment challenges materializing over the coming years. Born and raised in Delaware before later moving to Pennsylvania, Andrew will combine his academic knowledge with hands-on experience from both the private and public sectors. Besides working for the Social Security Administration, he has spent several years in the customer relations and retail management fields. Other than his public and professional work, Andrew serves as an advocate for space exploration and planetary science through his memberships with the Planetary Society and the National Space Society. He holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Delaware and a MA in Diplomacy from Norwich University. Andrew lives in East Bradford Township with his wife, Megan.
Janine Galen – Downingtown Area School Board
Janine Galen strongly believes public education is the backbone for families within our community. Public schools belong to the community, and the School Board is the place where the community has a voice in how the young people in our area are educated, and what they know about the world, and what they learn to value as adults. She will work to ensure that our schools are kind, supportive places where students come to discover new ideas and are challenged to go beyond what they thought possible.
Janine has lived in West Bradford for 28 years, and raised four boys, three of whom graduated from DASD schools. She has an MBA from West Chester University and an undergraduate degree from Drexel University in Management Information Systems. She has worked in the financial services industry for 30 years, focusing on audit/risk in business and technology projects and has been a Board member and Executive Treasurer of her Unitarian Universalist congregation for a total of 10 years.
Bret Binder – Court of Common Pleas
A resident of East Bradford Township, Bret defeated an 18-year incumbent in 2017 to become the Magisterial District Judge in District 15-1-01, the busiest magisterial district court in Chester County. He is also a local attorney and the founder and managing partner of Binder & Canno, LLC, as well as a former law clerk for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. His practice focuses on small business, real estate, and commercial litigation. Bret earned his law degree at Villanova University School of Law and his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He co-authors a regularly updated book on evidence with his father (Binder on Pennsylvania Evidence, 10th Edition, Pennsylvania Bar Institute). He served on the West Chester Area School District Board in 2014-15 and has been on the board of numerous local non-profits, including the Chester County OIC, which focuses on adult literacy, as well a group dedicated to preserving open space in West Chester.