From our Chair
I am excited to send you the revamped and updated Delco Dems monthly committee newsletter. Each issue will serve as a clearing house for state, county, and municipal Democratic committee and campaign news, events and opportunities for action. The current political crisis demands change at all levels of government. We, the Democratic committee people, must lead that effort. It all begins with the 2017 election. We have an unprecedented opportunity to change county government after 140 years of Republican rule coupled with hundreds of new enthusiastic volunteers who will help us get there. Please this share this newsletter and encourage people to sign up to help through our website. Let's get the word out!
Summer Picnic: Save the Date
The Delco Democrats will host our annual summer picnic on Sunday, August 13 from 2:00-4:00 pm at Ridley Creek State Park. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be provided by Zac's. Bring your children and enjoy our games. For click here, for more information and to register.
2017 County Campaign
Welcoming Joel Coon
The 2017 County Campaign is fully underway. Our terrific team of candidates have full schedules and are busy campaigning. The ticket has hired a campaign manager, Joel Coon.
Joel has been a passionate Democrat since he debated politics as child at his grandfather's general store. Now with a decade and a half of professional experience on Democratic campaigns, Joel brings serious campaign skills and strategy to our 2017 effort. You can contact Joel at email@example.com.
Meet Our Candidates: Joanne Phillips, Mary Walk, & Kelly Eckel
This year the Delco Democrats are fortunate to have a slate that includes three very accomplished women. It is important to elect people that not only hold our values but those who properly reflect the people who make up our great party.
Joanne Phillips, our candidate for Controller, is a partner at Ballard Spahr, LLP. As part of her long and distinguished legal career, she has managed the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's real estate portfolio under Governor Ed Rendell's administration and worked in the Philadelphia Managing Director's Office to advise on streamlining business and economic development processes. Her commitment to her local community is demonstrated through her past service on committees dedicated to parks and recreation in Delco and coaching soccer teams.
Mary Walk, currently serving on Borough Council in Swarthmore, is our candidate for Register of Wills. Mary's lengthy experience as a lawyer and arbitrator dealing with complex financial and banking regulations, combined with her work on Borough Council, makes her highly qualified to serve as Register of Wills. She will ensure that the Register of Wills office is run in a transparent and cost efficient manner. Mary will be responsive to citizens bereaved by the loss of a loved one, helping them work their way through the often confusing probate process.
Kelly Eckel, a partner at Duane Morris LLP, is our candidate for Court of Common Pleas. Kelly is an accomplished arbitrator and lawyer with 20 years of practical experience litigating countless cases and handling a wide range of disputes. Her significant experience as an arbitrator—presiding over hearings, resolving disputes over legal issues, making factual findings, and issuing awards—in a variety of cases for the past seven years has prepared her to be a skilled judge who will treat all parties with dignity and respect and administer the law in a fair and impartial manner.
We Democrats have a lot to be excited about this year, but the fact that we have such highly qualified and motivated women candidates should make us all very proud.
Marple/Newtown Committee Float Wins 2nd Place in July 4th Parade
Congratulations to the Marple/Newtown Committee for winning the 2nd place trophy with its July 4th float. This year's parade was one of the largest in years and was viewed by over 22,000 people. Those in the parade wore their "I vote Democratic. Ask me why" T-shirts. Your own shirt is available from MNDEMS for $10.00.
New Video from DCPN
Watch Delaware County's communities shine in Larry DeMarco's new video. Larry is the founder of the website Delaware County Political News which is dedicated to informing voters of local political news.
Share Your Skills
If you are getting this newsletter, and we don't know what skills you might be willing to share with your committee or with other committees across Delco, please drop a note to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll send you a short survey for your interests.
We have a range of available training for our volunteers. There is information available on everything from how to host or participate in a canvass event, to how to host a house event, to how to use Vote Builder, to how to be a good candidate, and more. Drop a note to email@example.com and we will help you get trained up and ready to help all of our candidates in 2017!
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Are you interested in ways to help your committee or other area candidates? We always need extra help and many smaller committees really need those special skills like technology and communications to help them roar ahead. We publish needs on our periodic email messages. You can sign up here to stay informed.
From the State Party
Fair Pay for PA Workers
The Pennsylvania Democratic Party stands with Governor Wolf in his effor to raise Pennsylvania's minimum wage. Senator Casey has sponsored the Raise the Minimum Wage Act, a crucial step in providing a living wage for all Pennsylvanians.
70% of Pennsylvania support a wage increase and every one of our neighboring states has passed a similar law.
Sign here to tell legislature to give Pennsylvania a Raise!