Party leaders look forward to November contests

From the Delaware County Daily Times
By Kathleen Carey
April 28, 2016
With almost half of Delaware County’s registered voters coming out to the ballot boxes on Tuesday, leaders of both major political parties say the results situate them for victory in the fall — even if it requires persistent effort.
About 44 percent of the county’s 348,999 voters made it to the polls, as the majority gave victories to Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republica Donald Trump for their parties’ nominations. Heads of the county parties said the race is on to the fall.
Delaware County Democratic Party Chairman David Landau said Tuesday’s outcomes bode well for his party.
“Results from (Tuesday’s) primary in Delaware County indicate growing support for candidates who espouse Democratic Party values of fairness, equality, justice and opportunity for all people,” he said as he highlighted that county Democrats joined the rest of the state in identifying Clinton as a “formidable leader” of the party heading into November elections.
His counterpart, Andy Reilly, chairman of the Delaware County Republican Party, said the numbers offered an optimistic outlook for those in his party seeking office.
“I think it went very well from the Delaware County Republican Party perspective,” he said. “Tom Killion won by 14 percentage points by 10,000 votes.”
He said the state representative from Middletown who was seeking the vacant 9th District state Senate seat took the Delaware County portion of the district by about 6,500 votes and the Chester County part by 3,000.
Reilly attributed that to Killion’s community service, including his work on various boards from the Rocky Run YMCA to the Rachel Kohl Library.
Killion faced Democrat Marty Molloy, a Nether Providence non-profit administrator who will resurface on the ballot again in the fall for the same position.
“In Marty Molloy, we have a key opportunity to flip a senate seat held by Republican Dominic Pileggi for nearly 15 years,” Landau said.
The Democrat also lauded former Gov. Tom Wolf’s chief of staff, Katie McGinty, on her win for the party nomination for the seat held by U.S. Sen. Patrick Toomey, R-Pa. over Delaware County native and former U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak. Landau pledged to unite county Democrats and support McGinty as she moves forward in the race.
“Katie McGinty ran an aggressive campaign and will present a stark contrast to Sen. Pat Toomey, who is playing politics with the U.S. Supreme Court and refuses to say if he would support GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump if he wins the nomination,” Landau said. “Delaware County Democrats are understandably disappointed that native son Joe Sestak did not win the U.S. Senate primary but I will work diligently to make sure we play a decisive role in what will be an historic victory for Katie McGinty in November.”
Regarding Donald Trump, Reilly said he was satisfied that the party’s preferred Republican National Convention delegates — Michael Puppio of Springfield, Joan Miller of Haverford and Robert J. Willert of Ridley Township — won and will be on their way to Cleveland. David Hackett of Nether Providence also won a GOP delegate position for the 1st Congressional District.
Adding that they would be supporting whichever presidential candidate won that particular congressional district, Reilly added, “They’ll be casting their vote for Donald Trump.”
Democrats also had their delegates chosen in the various congressional districts.
In the 1st District, the delegates committed to Hillary Clinton included Chester Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland, Blake Rutherford, Anne Wakabayashi, Ryan N. Boyer, state Rep. Leanne Krueger-Braneky, D-161 of Swarthmore, Cathy Brady, Angel Cruz and Maria Quinones Sanchez. H. Douglass Brown is committed to Bernie Sanders.
In the 7th District, Shelly Rahman, Jannie K. Lau, Tom Herman, Wendy Wolf, Kenneth Lawrence II and state Sen. Daylin Leach, D-17, of Upper Merion, are committed to Clinton, whereas Kristin Seale and Jim Savage are committed to Bernie Sanders.
With Tuesday in the rearview mirror, party leaders are focused on the campaigns and momentum needed ahead.
“We anticipate there will be a lot of outside money ... coming into our area because we are in a swing county,” Reilly said of money from Wolf, labor unions and others.
With that in mind, he said it’s incumbent on his party members to familiarize the candidates with their neighbors and get the messages out.
“It starts today in getting ready for those campaigns,” Reilly said Wednesday. “We certainly don’t take anything for granted.”
Landau said the stage is set well for his party.
“Given the sorry options for Republicans at the top of the ticket, Democrats’ winning platform of fairness, inclusion and opportunity for the middle class will resonate soundly across the commonwealth,” he predicted.