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THE 2018 DELAWARE COUNTY DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE NOMINATING CONVENTION

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The Delaware County Democratic Committee Nominating Convention was held on Sunday February 18, 2018.  David Landau, Chair of the Delco Dems, opened the meeting by welcoming everyone to this year’s nominating convention.  353 delegates from 48 municipalities attended. Notes from the meeting were provided by Jean Holveck, Vice Chair of the Concord-Bethel Democratic Committee, and are gratefully appreciated. Agenda items covered:

  • Nominations were made and unanimously accepted for the reelection of Bob Casey- US Senate and Tom Wolf – Governor
  • Nominations for races in Delaware county were made and unanimously endorsed for the following Districts:  State Rep. Brian Kirkland (District 159), Rep Leanne Krueger-Braneky (District 161), Mike Zabel for State Representative (District 163), Rep Margo Davidson (District 164), Jennifer O'Mara for State Representative (District 165), Rep Greg Vitali (District 166), Rep. Maria Donatucci (District 185), Rep Joanna McClinton (191).  
  • District 160 chose to table an endorsement at this time until all of the candidates are known and interviewed. There are two Democratic candidates for the PA District 160. 
  • Anthony Hardy Williams received the endorsement for the 8th Senatorial District.  An open primary will be held in the 26th Senatorial District.
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FOUND! 

A VERY RARE PHOTO OF THE GRAND PRIZE GIVEN DURING THE GROUNDHOG DAY DEMOCRATIC MEET, GREET AND EAT EVENT ON FEBRUARY 2, 2018 HAS BEEN FOUND!

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The winner of the 50/50 drawing prize was Ed Gaynor. The handmade pin cushion, a part of the 50/50 prize, is being held by Ed’s wife Noreen.  The pin cushion has many uses as Noreen and Ed will discover.  The emblazoned photo of President Trump will inspire many ideas of which none are officially encouraged or condoned by the CB Dems.

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The Groundhog Day Democratic Meet, Greet & Eat

On Friday night, February 2, 2018, the Concord Bethel Democratic Committee held its first Groundhog Day Democratic Meet, Greet & Eat at the Concord Seniors Center with over 60 Democrats attending.  While people arrived, Stew Holveck played the piano setting the mood for an enjoyable and festive evening. 

The evening kicked off with Dan Foster, Chair of the CB Dems, welcoming everyone to the dinner and introducing candidates for the PA 7th District of the US House of Representatives: Shelly Chauncy, Dan Muroff, Molly Sheehan and Greg Vitali. Also introduced were candidates for the 160th Legislative District in the  PA House of Represenatives Anton Andrews and Cathy Spahr.  

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Candidates from left to right above. Vitali, Sheehan, Chauncy and Muroff

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Candidate Spahr (Left) with CB Dems Vice President Jean Holveck

Dinner followed providing all of us an opportunity  enjoy a wonderful dinner of penne pasta and salad prepared by our own Ed Keane. Appetizers and desserts were brought by members of the group.  

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Dan Foster and Ed Keane

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CB Dem Vance Downing

The dinner took on a lively and enjoyable party atmosphere as everyone caught up with old friends and made new ones.  This provided an opportunity for the candidates to meet individually with local
Democrats and discuss their questions and concerns.  It also gave us all an opportunity to get to better know the candidates. 

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Above. Concord Bethal Democratic Committee Chair, Dan Foster

The candidates for the 7th District seat presented to the group their background and experiences that have prepared them for the challenge.  Anton Andrews and Cathy Spahr spoke about themselves and what they will bring to this election for the seat which is currently held by Stephan Barrar.  Afterward all candidates answered questions from the group and discussed their thoughts on various issues and topics. 

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CB Dem Peter Alois and candidate Andrews, on right

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Dan Foster with Ed Gaynor, on right, winner of the 50/50 raffle.

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A group of FHF Dems enjoying the appetizers

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CB Dems Shelly Steifeld and Mike Walsh

Remember to keep watching the CB Dems on Facebook, and this website, for information on future “Democratic Meet, Greet & Eat” events”.

CB DEMS JANUARY 16, 2018 MEETING

The CB Dems met for a regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 with more than 15 members attending.  The group included three who attended for the first time.  Also attending were four potential candidates for the 7th Congressional District of PA and a potential candidate for the 160th Legislative District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.  Part of the meeting time was spent in listening to the candidates present their reasons for running for office and why they would be an effective candidate to challenge Patrick Meehan. The Democratic candidates for the 7th Congressional district are Shelly Chauncey, Drew McGinty, Elizabeth Moro, and Dan Muroff.  A question and answer session followed their presentations.

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Also attending the meeting was Cathy Spahr who is beginning a candidacy to challenge PA State Rep. Stephen Barrar, to represent the 160th Legislative District.in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.   Ms. Spahr explained her background as an activist and why she is running to challenge Mr. Barrar. If you would like more information about any of the candidates click on the link below to access their websites. 
     Drew McGinty – www.DrewMcGinty.com 
     Elizabeth Moro – www.ElizabethMoro.com 
     Dan Muroff – www.muroff4congress.com
     Shelly Chauncey – No political website at this time.
     Cathy Spahr – No political website at this time

All Democrats, and others who are interested, are welcome to attend the next CB Dems meeting on February 20, 2018, 7:30 pm at Maris Grove.  Details of the meeting location are available on the Events page of this website.

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DELAWARE COUNTY DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE EVENT

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On Thursday December 7, 2017 the Delaware County Democratic Committee held a Holiday event at the Drexelbrook Catering & Special Event Center.  In attendance were over 300 Democrats who participated in the last election that was very successful electing five county wide candidates.  Nineteen of the Concord-Bethel Democratic Committee members also attended.  During the event Matt Horwitz received the C-B Dems VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR award presented to him by David Landau, Chair of the Delaware County Democratic Committee.

CB DEMS HOLIDAY MEETING

Approximately 30 members of the CB Dems met for a regular monthly meeting on November 21 at Maris Grove and celebrated a successful 2017 campaign.  Dan Foster, Chair of the CB Dems, welcomed the group and commented on the successful efforts in turning out the vote for this very important election.  Through the efforts of the CB Dems, and many others, we were able to elect Brian Zidek and Kevin Madden to County Council, Jerry Sanders as County Sheriff, Joanne Phillips as County Controller and Mary Walk as County Register of Wills.  In addition, Elizabeth Moro who is mounting a campaign for District 7 United States Representative, attended and spoke to the group discussing some of issues she is concerned with for the 2018 election. Kelly Eckel, Candidate for Judge of Common Pleas, and Sari Daisy, Candidate for Garnet Valley School Board, attended and thanked the group for support during their unsuccessful campaigns.  The next regular CB Dems meeting is set for December 19, 2017 at Maris Grove.   
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