February Message from our Chair – Breaking News on Redistricting

Fellow Democrats in East & West Bradford:IMG_0993

Clearly, 2018 is going to be an important year. This is the first opportunity to elect representatives to vote against the Trump agenda. Not only do we need to re-elect Governor Wolf and Senator Casey but we have a good chance to elect Democrats to Congress and the PA State Assembly.

You may have heard that recently the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered new congressional maps to be drawn for 2018. This makes for a more fair election process and increases our chances of electing a Democrat In the US 6th and 7th districts that include our two townships.

Last year we had an historic election that swept four Democrats into Chester County Row Offices for the first time since 1799. This year we need to continue the momentum, but in order to do that we need your help. Please consider volunteering for Primary Election Day (May 15) or Election Day (November 6) to help us out at the polls. We also welcome everyone to come join us at our monthly meeting on the 4th Tuesday of each month or our occasional events. For more information or to volunteer, email us at info@bradforddems.org.

Together we can build a stronger organization and a louder voice in Washington and Harrisburg. Together we can fight back against the Trump agenda and restore sanity to our democracy. Together we can win this November!

Look for our committee persons to be canvassing doors this month and next for signatures needed to get Democrats on the ballot for Primary Election Day to be elected in November.

And please donate what you can to help us with our activities to elect Democrats!

Kevin Houghton, Chair – Bradford Democrats

Thank you to all our candidates, volunteers and voters for a BIG win on Election Day!

The Bradford Democrats are excited to announce that our nine precincts in East & West Bradford all performed well above expectations – and history – to help bring victory to our candidates. With 100% of the votes counted, unofficial results show big victories (among others) for Bret Binder (over an 18-year incumbent) and the four Chester County Row offices elected this year, swept by Democrats for the first time in history. Congratulations to Bret and to Margaret Reif, Patricia Maisano, Dr. Christina VandePol and Yolanda Van de Krol!

BRET BINDER (DEM).  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     3,637   53.34
MARK A BRUNO (REP)  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     3,176   46.58
WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         5     .07


PATRICIA MAISANO (DEM) .  .  .  .  .  .    57,251   53.60
JACK LONDON (REP).  .  .  .  .  .  .  .    49,475   46.32
WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        77     .07

MARGARET REIF (DEM) .  .  .  .  .  .  .    57,470   54.54
NORMAN MACQUEEN (REP)  .  .  .  .  .  .    47,845   45.41
WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        51     .05

YOLANDA VAN DE KROL (DEM) .  .  .  .  .    56,128   52.78
ROBIN MARCELLO (REP).  .  .  .  .  .  .    50,141   47.15
WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        65     .06

CHRISTINA VANDEPOL (DEM)  .  .  .  .  .    57,515   54.06
GORDON R ECK (REP)  .  .  .  .  .  .  .    48,810   45.88
WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        59     .06

Primary Election Day is Tuesday, May 16th – Get Ready…

The Bradford Democrats are busy preparing for the upcoming MVoteay 16 Primary Election. Registered Democrats (must have registered with the party by April 17) will be voting to be placed on the November 7, 2017 General Election ballot. Polls are open 7 AM – 8 PM. For those who expect to be away from the area that day or physically challenged to get to the polls, you may apply for an Absentee Ballot up until May 9th. See instructions and download an application here.

The following offices are to be contested:
– Chester County Row Offices (Controller, Treasurer, Coroner and Clerk of Courts)
– PA Supreme Court
– PA Superior Court
– PA Commonwealth Court
– Magisterial District Judge
– WCASD and DASD (not all precincts) School Directors
– East & West Bradford Supervisors
– Township Auditors
– Precinct Judge of Elections and Inspectors
*A ballot referendum question on alcohol sales licensing is expected in East Bradford

Volunteers are needed in all nine precincts (East Bradford N1, N2, S1, S2 and West Bradford 1-5) to greet voters and provide sample ballots and candidate literature.

WE’RE STILL HERE – Join us Friday, January 6, 6:00-9:00 for a 2017 Kickoff Party


The Bradford Dems have not taken off for Canada.  We are proud to be part of “The Resistance” against the misogyny, racism and bigotry and extreme political agenda that the Republicans represent in the White House, Washington and Harrisburg. Progressives at all levels are organizing and speaking up, preparing to “take back our country” in 2018 and 2020.

“All Politics is Local” – and it begins here.  The Bradford Democrats are a grassroots organization formed in 2004 that now represents “Zone 7” of the Chester County Democratic Committee.  Want to learn more about what we can do as good citizens and enjoy lively conversation with like-minded individuals?

Join us Friday night for free food and drinks as we welcome the new year and (unfortunately) the era of Trump. The event is free but we will have a raffle of valuable donated items!

When: Friday, January 6, 2016, 6:00-9:00 pm
Where: Historic Windon Hall, 803 West Market Street (just after Hillsdale Elementary School)
RSVP to info@bradforddems.org or respond to this Evite.