Election – November 5, 2019

The 2019 General Election will be held Tuesday, November 5, 7:00 am – 8:00 pm.

Polling locations, Democratic Committee People and official Bradford Democrats Sample Ballots with our vetted and endorsed candidates can be found here. The slate of local (East & West Bradford-based) candidates is below.


 Rob Partridge – East Bradford Township Supervisor

Rob Partridge is a proud, lifelong Democrat who grew up here after his parents, who also live in East Bradford Township, moved to Chester County in 1962. He has been an EB resident for nearly 20 years. Rob has both private and public sector work experience. He has spent more than 25 years in the prescription pharmaceutical industry, and also worked for six years as Director of Communications with the WCASD. He served for ten years on the Board of Directors of the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce, including as Chairman of the Board in 2016. Rob has launched four major new FDA approved Branded Rx treatments, all conscientiously priced at or near generic price levels. He served on the West Chester Area Education Foundation Board, and holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration/Marketing and a B.A. degree in Political Science.

Kevin Houghton – West Bradford Township Supervisor

Kevin Houghton is an Open Space advocate and is committed to conserving our land in West Bradford. A member of the Sierra Club for the last 16 years, Kevin will put environmental issues at the top of his concerns. Senator Dinniman endorsed Kevin early in his campaign for his work on the environment. Kevin is employed as a Realtor and lives in West Bradford with his wife, son and daughter. He coached his son Evan’s team in the West Bradford Little League last Spring and plans to continue his involvement in the community for years to come. He would like to stream the Township Supervisors’ meetings to make them accessible to residents who are unable to attend. A vote for Kevin would help bring a minority party voice to a township which has been long dominated by one party.

Janine Galen – School Director DASD, Region 8

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, 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 10 years.

Joyce Houghton – School Director DASD, Region 9

Joyce Houghton is a strong supporter of public education. She believes our schools are a place where students should feel safe, supported, valued, and challenged. She seeks to ensure that the needs of all students are addressed and that students are given the tools they need to succeed, both in the classroom and beyond. Joyce has two young children who will soon enter the District.                                                                      Joyce has a degree in English and Criminal Justice with a minor in Political Science from the University of Delaware. She has a law degree from Stetson University College of Law and is a licensed Pennsylvania attorney. She has worked in the financial services industry for over fifteen years. Joyce has been very involved in the Parent Teacher organization at her children’s daycare. She has an interest in animal rescue and has volunteered with and fostered for animal rescues.                                                                                                           Joyce grew up in Chester County and West Bradford six years ago where she lives with her husband, their two children, and their dog.

Laura Detre – School Director WCASD, Region 3

Laura Detre is an adjunct professor of history, a passionate volunteer, and a concerned mom. She has been teaching at the university level for more than 20 years. Her background as an educator means that she understands what challenges our young people will face after high school and how best to prepare them for success in the future. As a volunteer in school libraries, the School Safety Committee, the School Store and Mileage Club, she has seen how we could improve the educational experience of our children, both in terms of curriculum and issues of safety and security. Laura is a den leader with Cub Scout Pack 66 and cookie mom for Girl Scout Troop 4840. Both her master’s and doctoral degrees are from the University of Maine. Laura and her husband, Joseph, live in West Goshen township and are parents of two children, ages 13 and 9 both currently enrolled in the district.

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.

Countywide Candidates
Josh Maxwell-County Commissioner                                           Marian Moskowitz-County Commissioner                                       Bret Binder-Court of Common Pleas                                              Analisa Sondergard-Court of Common Pleas                                 Deb Ryan-District Attorney                                                          Fredda Maddox-Sheriff                                                                Debbie Bookman-Prothonotary                                                  Michele Vaughn-Register of Wills                                                   Chris Pielli-Recorder of Deeds
For complete profiles of  Chester County and PA State office candidates in this November 5, 2019 general election please go to: https://chescodems.org/2019-countywide-candidates/

Join us Sunday, February 24 at 3:00 for our Annual “Meet the Candidates” Party

Did someone say “PARTY!”?

Come meet your 2019 Democratic Party candidates for Judge in the Court of Common Pleas, County Commissioner, Sheriff, Register of Wills, and Recorder of Deeds as well as for township supervisor and school board.  You can also sign their petitions to get them on the May 21st Primary Election ballot.

Food and Beverages will be provided.  This is our first fundraiser of the year, so there will also be a cash raffle and silent auction for valuable items that you would love to have! There is no charge for this event, however donations are welcome.

WHEN: Sunday February 24th, 3:00-7:00 PM
WHERE: 1100 Harmony Circle, West Chester, PA 19380
RSVP: On our Facebook page here or email us at info@bradforddems.org

Parking: Park on the cul de sac at Harmony Circle or on Meadow Glen Drive, one street west of and the same side of Harmony Hill Road.

Final Thoughts for 2018

Congratulations to PA 158th House Representative-Elect Chris Sappey!

The 2018 General Election on November 6th resulted in huge wins locally for Democrats: Both the PA House 158th and US 6th Congressional District offices went to Democrats for the first time in 150+ years. Congratulations to our new Congresswoman Chrissy Houlahan and PA House Rep Christina Sappey!

Rep-Elect Sappey thanking her supporters and volunteers in December

The Bradford Democrats are grateful for all of the volunteers who canvassed, called, sent postcards, or donated and those who voted for these two outstanding women as well as for Governor Tom Wolf and Senator Bob Casey, who were easily re-elected.

The next Primary Election is just around the corner – May 21, 2019. Beginning February 19th, our committee people and volunteers will be knocking on doors to collect your signatures to get Democrats running for Chester County Commissioner, County Row Offices, judicial seats and township and school board offices on the May ballot. We are still looking for candidates for East & West Bradford Supervisors and WCASD and DASD School Board seats. Contact us at info@bradforddesm.org for more information.

Stay tuned for information about our  Bradford Dems Annual Campaign Kick-off being planned for late February. This is your first chance to meet and talk with the candidates who will be in the ballot in 2019.

Get Ready, Get Set, VOTE!

It’s a simple message – this election will decide if we get the representation in Harrisburg and Washington that we deserve. It’s not about Trump, but which party will work hard for the policies and issues that you care most about: we’ve heard from you that Healthcare, Gun Violence, Education and the Environment have been the most important as we’ve canvassed this fall for Christina Sappey (PA House 158th), Chrissy Houlahan (US 6th Congressional), Senator Bob Casey, and Governor Wolf with Lt. Governor candidate John Fetterman. While Republicans talk about devisive  issues such as immigration and tout a tax bill where 83% of the benefits went to the top 1%, Democrats are pushing for change that actually matters to us in Chester County.

Please join us on Election Day in voting, and if you would like to volunteer to poll watch or greet, contact your local committee person. Polls are open 7am to 8pm. We want and need your straight Democratic Party Vote. Stop by and say Hi!

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