MEET YOUR EASTTOWN AND CHESTER COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES!
EASTTOWN TOWNSHIP ELECTED OFFICES - On November 5, 2019, Easttown residents will be voting for two Easttown Township Supervisors, a Township Auditor, and a TE School Board Director.
Easttown Township Board of Supervisors – Easttown Township is governed by a 5 member Board of Supervisors. The Supervisors, who are all elected at large, serve staggered terms of 6 years with elections occurring in odd years (2019, 2021, etc.) Detailed information about how townships operate in Pennsylvania and the role of the Supervisors is available in the March 2018 Pennnsylvania Township Supervisor’s Handbook. Currently, ALL the supervisors are Republican even though Democrats (37%) and Independents (17%) acccount for 54% of all registered voters in Easttown Township. Let’s elect some Democrats with Democratic values representing us in Easttown!
Michael Wacey for Easttown Supervisor
We will be updating Michael Wacey’s information soon.
Michele Iaia for Easttown Supervisor
Michele Iaia‘s foray into local politics began in the ’70’s as a Chester County Courthouse reporter/anchor at WCHE AM. Decades later, after radio-TV news & talk stints in Philadelphia, an adjunct professorship at Temple University, a term as President of Greenhill Farms Civic Association in Philadelphia, a successful private practice as a marriage and family therapist, and 20-years living and loving Easttown Township, her civic activism still burns brightly. As township supervisor, she is committed to transparency, welcoming diverse perspectives, striking a balance between growth and preservation, and a greener, safer township.
EASTTOWN TOWNSHIP BOARD OF AUDITORS – Auditors are elected officials who serve staggered 6-year terms. They are responsible for conducting the annual audit of township finances. The elected auditors set the compensation, including paid time off, of any township supervisors that are employed by the township.
Eric D. Knight for Auditor
Eric Knight has been on the Board of Auditors for the past six years and is running for re-election. A resident of Easttown for 16 years, he is a graduate of Bates College and has over 20 years experience in financial services and employee retirement benefits.
Eric’s experience working in a highly regulated environment where he was responsible for complex client relationships and his ability to analyze and resolve problems makes him well suited to the oversight responsibilities of the Auditor.
He has also served on the Easttown Comprehensive Plan Task Force and is an active member of the Philadelphia Curling Club located in Paoli.
TE SCHOOL BOARD DIRECTORS (Elect 1 in Region 3) – The School District is divided into 3 regions with all of Easttown Township in Region 3. Nine members serve 4 year staggered terms with elections in odd years. The School Board sets the vision and goals for the district; hires and evaluates the superintendent; and oversees the annual budget.
Caroline M. Phares for TE School Board Director
Caroline Phares has a Bachelor of Science degree in Comprehensive Science from Villanova University. She has been a resident of Easttown Township and has worked at GSK in Pharmaceutical Research and Development since 2002. She is also an Ironman Certified triathlon coach and owns and manages a small business with her husband, coaching amateur runners and triathletes, helping them reach their athletic goals and promoting a healthy lifestyle.
She has 4 children, 2 of whom have graduated from Conestoga HS and 2 currently attending T/E schools. An involved T/E parent, she actively volunteered at her children’s schools, especially in the music and theater (TEMPO) programs at Conestoga and also served 3 seasons as a soccer coach with TE Youth Soccer Association. In 2013, Caroline’s interest in promoting anti-bullying and developing a safe and healthy environment for children in the community led her to establish a Girls On The Run program in T/E, working in coordination with the regional organization and the Upper Mainline YMCA. Girls On The Run uses running to build confidence and motivate girls while teaching them important psychological and social skills.
Caroline became politically involved after the Sandy Hook shooting in December 2012, volunteering with Moms Demand Action, serving as the first Data Lead for the PA chapter of the organization for over 2 years. In 2014, Caroline’s desire to promote safety and security for children in schools led her to compete in the Ironman Lake Placid as a fundraising effort benefiting the Sandy Hook Promise Foundation.
Caroline’s passion and concern for her community has always driven her energy, drive, and success in making a difference. If elected, Caroline hopes to address issues around bullying and development of policies regarding school safety. Learning is inhibited if a child does not feel safe.
CHESTER COUNTY ELECTED OFFICES - On November 5, 2019, Easttown residents will be voting for two Chester County Commissioners, two Judges for Common Pleas Court, a District Attorney, a Prothonotary, a Recorder of Deeds, a Register of Wills/Clerk of Orphans' Court, and a Sheriff.
Chester County Commissioners ($85,389 salary) – Chester County is governed by a three-member, full-time Board of Commissioners (headed by a Chair), who serve four-year terms. The minority party is guaranteed one seat. The Commissioners are responsible for the management of the fiscal administrative functions of the county. Please vote for both Democratic candidates.
Josh Maxwell for County Commissioner
Josh Maxwell is a three-term mayor of Downingtown, Pennsylvania. Elected as the youngest mayor in Downingtown’s history he has been an advocate for women’s rights, a proven driver of economic change and job growth, an ally in causes of social justice and equality.
A lifelong Chester County resident, Josh is running to ensure that all our communities thrive, create opportunities for working families, and strengthen the equality of all people. As Mayor of Downingtown, Josh helped manage a smart, lean budget without compromising the borough’s quality of life. Last fall, Josh worked on the team that negotiated the breakthrough development deal to provide Amtrak and SEPTA rail service to the Borough of Downingtown. Learn more at his website and follow him on Facebook and Twitter.
Marianne Moskovitz for County Commissioner
Marian Moskowitz has dedicated the past three and a half decades to growing and strengthening Chester County. She made a career as a responsible local developer; revitalizing neighborhoods and ensuring that all members of the community benefit.
A resident for over 35 years, Marian is dedicated to connecting Chester County communities through improved infrastructure and public transportation projects and was recently named to the Mayor’s Task Force to bring train service to Phoenixville. Marian also serves on the Chester County Economic Development Council, has been a board member of West Chester University for 12 years, and has previously served on the Phoenixville Community Health Foundation. Learn more at her website and follow her on Facebook and Instagram.
Court of Common Pleas Judges ($176,320 salary) – The Court of Common Pleas of Chester County is a general jurisdiction trial court located in West Chester, Pennsylvania. There are 11 full time judges and 2 senior judges. The judges hear a wide spectrum of cases, including adult and juvenile criminal prosecutions, lawsuits involving money or property, divorce, custody disputes, child support issues, adoptions, and estates. Please voter for both Democratic candidates. More information.
Brett Binder for Common Pleas Judge
Judge Brett Binder brings his experience as a Magisterial Judge and seasoned litigator to the Court of Common Pleas to provide fair and well-reasoned treatment to all.
Judge Binder is a lifelong Pennsylvania resident and product of Pennsylvania public schools. He received his B.A. in economics, with minors in mechanical engineering and mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania in 2001; and, in 2004, a J.D. from Villanova University School of Law. During law school, Bret clerked in West Chester for Judge Cavanaugh of the Superior Court. From 2004-06, Bret had the privilege of clerking for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
Bret is a magisterial district judge serving parts of West Chester and the townships of East Bradford and West Bradford. He has been honored to be selected multiple times to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star list and the Main Line Today Top Lawyer list. Besides representing business owners, Bret has also been an owner in multiple small businesses including a bowling alley, a pudding shop, and multiple real estate companies.
As a passionate believer in high-quality public education for all, he served as a School Board Director for the West Chester Area School District. Bret currently serves on the boards of various local nonprofits including the Chester County Opportunities Industrialization Center (CC-OIC), which focuses on giving free adult basic literacy education and job training to prepare individuals for employment and economic self-sufficiency. He also serves on the board of a group dedicated to preserving open space in West Chester. Learn more at his website and follow him on Facebook.
Analisa Sondergard for Common Pleas Judge
Judge Analisa Sondergaard believes that all people who come into her courtroom should have the opportunity to be heard and treated with respect.
Judge Sondergaard graduated from Temple University School of Law in 1994 and then started her legal career as an Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia. Assigned to the Family Violence and Sexual Assault Unit, she spent 7 years prosecuting defendants charged with physical and sexual abuse of adults and children. She then worked for the next 10 years as a litigator, first as defense counsel for trucking companies and their insurers, and then for a major international retailer.
Analisa has served as the Magisterial District Judge for Tredyffrin and East Whiteland Townships in Chester County for the past 8 years. Judge Sondergaard is a supporter of Chester County’s Drug Court Program, and believes that treatment is an important part of the criminal justice system. Those with drug addiction and mental health issues should be given the opportunity and support to seek treatment as part of the rehabilitation process.
As a former prosecutor, Judge Sondergaard also believes in victims’ rights, and the most vulnerable victims in our society, particularly minors and the elderly, must also be supported and protected.J Judge Sondergaard moved to Chester County with her family in 2006. Her husband, Chris, is also an attorney and fellow graduate of Temple University School of Law. They have two children, Christian, 21, and Nicholas, 18. Judge Sondergaard and her family are actively involved with the Tredyffrin Township Democrats and in their community. Learn more at her website and follow her on Facebook .
DISTRICT ATTORNEY ($191,926 salary) – The duties of a district attorney are to manage the prosecutor’s office, investigate alleged crimes in cooperation with law enforcement, and file criminal charges or bringing evidence before the Grand Jury. The department’s attorneys provide legal representation for the Commonwealth at all hearings in criminal matters including appeals, probation and parole violation hearings. The office, of approximately 50 employees, also provides advice to police and county departments.
Deb Ryan for District Attorney
Deb Ryan is a former prosecutor running for District Attorney in Chester County, PA. She will be the first woman and first Democrat ever elected to this position in the county.
Deb Ryan is a veteran prosecutor who has dedicated her career to fighting for justice on behalf of victims, survivors, and their families. During her 15 years at the Philadelphia and Chester County District Attorneys’ Offices, she successfully prosecuted thousands of cases, including murder, child rape, high-level drug trafficking, sexual assaults, robbery, burglary, and virtually every type of crime.
She spent more than a decade serving this community at the Chester County DA’s Office. As the Deputy District Attorney in charge of the Child Abuse Unit and Children’s Advocacy Center, she led a team of detectives and prosecutors who worked tirelessly to protect our most vulnerable population. She prosecuted many of the most egregious offenders in our county’s history and handled numerous high profile cases that required substantial experience, skill, and compassion to achieve justice for victims.
Deb currently serves as the County Coordinator of the Safe and Healthy Communities Initiative at the Crime Victims’ Center of Chester County, Inc., the first comprehensive initiative in the United States providing programming to children and adults to eradicate child sexual abuse.
She graduated magna cum laude from Boston University in 1998 with a B.A. in Psychology and received her juris doctor from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1998. She has lived in Chester County since 2002 where she raises her two teenage children, along with two rescue cats and two rescue dogs. Learn more at her website and follow her on Facebook and Twitter.
SHERIFF ($74,320 salary)- The County Sheriff is the chief law enforcement officer of the county courts. The Sheriff’s Department has about 60 employees. He or she acts in role similar to a police chief in a municipal department. The sheriff usually has jurisdiction over any unincorporated areas of his or her county. Duties of the sheriff might include: Investigating Complaints, Emergency Response, Patrolling, Resolving Disputes, Arresting Suspects, Criminal Investigation, and Executing Warrants.
Fredda Maddox for Sheriff
Fredda Maddox, a retired law enforcement veteran and current practicing attorney, is distinctly qualified for the position of Chester County Sheriff. Beyond guns and badges, she brings proven leadership, integrity and accountability to an office that must serve Protection from Abuse orders, transport prisoners, handle K9 units and engage in community outreach.
Fredda received law enforcement training from the Pennsylvania State Police Academy and the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. A law enforcement veteran and practicing attorney of 20-plus years, she holds a law degree from Widener University School of Law and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from West Chester University.
Fredda was the first female Pennsylvania State Trooper of color serving Chester County. She served on an elite drug task force as a narcotics agent for the Bureau of Narcotics in the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General.
While a special agent in the PA Office of the Attorney General, she exposed illegal billing practices in health care and arrested a high-ranking correctional officer involved in a prison scam. As a practicing attorney, she represents children who were sexually abused and seeks Protection from Abuse orders for victims of domestic violence.
If elected Sheriff, she will continue to educate and build bridges among law enforcement and community members regardless of color, gender, religion and other differences. With her passion for community service, law and order, Fredda will restore trust between law enforcement and culturally diverse groups, while returning oversight and accountability to the Sheriff’s Office. Fredda Maddox will serve all. Learn more at her website and follow her on Facebook.
RECORDER OF DEEDS ($74,320 salary) – The Recorder of Deeds records and preserves permanent legal documents such as deeds and mortgages and makes them available for public access. The office has about 25 employees. The Office is an important interface between taxpayers, real estate professionals and county government.
Chris Pielli for Recorder of Deeds
Chris Pielli is a West Goshen Township Supervisor, and twice elected Democratic State Committeeperson.
Chris is a U.S. Army veteran and a longtime Chester County resident. He attended Temple University Law School while working at the Chester County Prison where he was employed as a Correctional Officer and Correctional Counselor. He also served as a part-time Chester County Public Defender for five years while establishing his own practice.
Chris is now employed at the law firm of Pine & Pine, LLP, specializing in estate and probate matters, including recording of deeds. He has been a Program Coordinator for the Chester County OIC Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program, Workforce Reintegration Program, and the at-risk youth Career Corps Program.
PROTHONOTARY ($74,320 salary) – The Prothonotary is the legal custodian of all civil records filed with the Court of Common Pleas. The office has about 25 employees who are responsible for maintaining the accuracy and security of papers filed in the office and for making them available to the public. They are also responsible for processing U.S. passports.
Debbie Bookman for Prothonotary
In 2017, Debbie Bookman became a member of Coatesville City Council, winning the primary election against an 8-year incumbent as a write-in on both the Democratic and Republican ballots, and later winning the general election.
She is a liaison to the City’s administration providing support for effective internal processes in day-to-day operations and also assists the finance department, helping to balance a $10 million budget by identifying areas of savings to help Council adopt a budget with no tax increase.
She is also a member of the Parks and Recreation Commission, a representative on the Western Chester County Council of Governments, and a Vice-President and Treasurer of the Community Youth and Women Alliance’s Board.
Debbie has a BA in Organizational Management and over 17 years in administration and customer service. She moved to Coatesville, PA in 2005 with her two daughters. Learn more at her website and follow her on Facebook.
REGISTER OF WILLS/CLERK OF THE ORPHANS’ COURT ($76,320 salary) – The Register of Wills has jurisdiction over the probate of wills, the appointment of personal representatives and is also the agent for collection of state inheritance and estate taxes. The office also acts as Clerk of the Orphans’ Court which is the official keeper of court records having to do with adoptions, guardianship of minors and incapacitated persons, and issuance of marriage licenses. The combined offices have about 20 employees.
Michelle Vaughn for Register of Wills/Clerk of Orphan's Court
Michele Vaughn has spent over 30 years building relationships and giving back to the Chester County Community.
As a East Whiteland Township Supervisor, Michele oversaw the management of over 50 employees, addressed personnel issues and worked side by side with union and legal representatives to ensure employees were both working effectively and being paid fairly. She launched East Whiteland Township’s first Community Health Day and Senior Citizens Day in order to connect individuals in the community with health resources they desperately needed.
As a business and technology leader, Michele Vaughn has over 30 years of management experience. In her current position as a Consumer Medical Technology Leader at one of America’s most trusted companies, Michele is responsible for shaping IT strategies, managing projects and developing programs. Michele plans to use this experience to simplify and update any outdated processes and ensure individuals within the community know the programs and services available to them.
During the economic downturn Michele was able to secure over $12.5 Million needed to improve her community’s parks and roadways by creating public-private partnership options. The solution was a direct result of bringing government and business leaders together to find solutions and create awareness around local, regional and statewide issues