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MEET THE NOVEMBER 2, 2021 DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES

Here’s an overview of the offices and Democratic candidates running for township, county and state offices in the November 2nd General Election. The individuals elected to every single one of these offices in 2021 will have an impact on your family’s well-being and the policies that govern the township, county, and state so please click on the links to learn more about the candidates. Sample ballots will be available here in the Fall.

EASTTOWN TOWNSHIP CANDIDATES

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS (Elect 2) – Easttown Township is governed by a 5 member Board of Supervisors who serve staggered terms of 6 years with elections occurring in odd years (2021, 2023, etc.) Detailed information about how townships operate in Pennsylvania and the role of the Supervisors is available in the March 2018 Pennnsylvania Township Supervisors Handbook. You can also learn more about the Board of Supervisors on the Easttown Township website.

Currently, three of the five supervisors are Republican. Electing a Democrat this year, will give Democrats the majority for the Board for the first time since the Civil War!  

    • Board of Supervisors Democratic Candidates (Vote for Both) 

BOARD OF AUDITORS (Elect 1) – The Board is responsible for reviewing the annual audit of township finances which is done by an outside auditing firm and then sending necessary recommendations to the Board of Supervisors. The 3 member Board of Auditors serve staggered 6-year terms.

    • Board of Auditors Democratic Candidate
      • Eric Borjeson 

TAX COLLECTOR (Elect 1)Easttown has one elected tax collector who serves a four year term. While the Chester County Treasurer collects real estate taxes, the tax collector also collects certain special township assessments. In addition, they can be appointed to collect certain taxes levied under the Local Tax Enabling Act, such as the per capita and local services taxes. Learn more about Easttown Taxes. 

    • Tax Collector Democratic Candidate
      • Valinda Garcia (member of the Easttown Township Democratic Committee) – Resume

CONSTABLE (Elect 1) – Easttown has one constable who serves a six year term. The constable is an officer of the court with the primary responsibility of keeping the peace at polling sites, delivering subpoenas, summons, divorce papers, etc. on behalf of the court, and transporting prisoners. Learn more here and from the Chester County Constable Handbook.

    • Constable Democratic Candidate
      • Harrison Chaess (Incumbent)Resume 

THE JUDGE OF ELECTIONS has the ultimate responsibility for the conduct of a polling place and the personnel working there. He or she must take an oath to admit only those voters who are properly registered and entitled to vote, to prevent fraud, deceit or abuse, and to make 3 sure that all votes at the end of the day are accurately tabulated. The Judge is also responsible for opening and closing the polls, and for all the paperwork required on Election Day. These elected positions carry a four-year commitment to running two elections per year from 2022 to 2026. Those elected will receive training by the Chester County Elections Bureau.  Detailed Job Description

    • Judge of Elections Democratic Candidates (One per precinct)
      • Precinct 1 – Cheska Levy
      • Precinct 2 – Don RaibleBio
      • Precinct 3 –  Marilyn Furfari
      • Precinct 4 – None announced yet. Please consider running as a write-in candidate! Contact us
      • Precinct 5 – Scott CarpenterResume
      • Precinct 6 – None announced yet. Please consider running as a write-in candidate! Contact us
      • Precinct 7 – Stacey Rohrbeck (member of the Easttown Township Democratic Committee)Resume

ELECTION INSPECTORS are responsible for checking voters’ registration documents and preparing certificates to authorize voters to cast their ballots. They ensure that the voting process is legal and administered fairly by verifying the signatures of voters as they sign the poll book (the big book on the table with the names of voters). The Inspectors are also responsible for checking to be sure the voting machine numbers are accurate at the end of the day. These elected positions carry a four-year commitment to running two elections per year from 2022 to 2026. Each precinct should have two inspectors with one being designated as the Majority Inspector and the other as the Minority Inspector. Those elected will receive training by the Chester County Elections Bureau. Detailed Job Description

    • Election Inspector Democratic Candidates (One per precinct)
      • Precinct 1 – Farha Vasanwala
      • Precinct 2 – Kristine Adams (member of the Easttown Township Democratic Committee)Resume
      • Precinct 3 – Deborah Dooling
      • Precinct 4 – Margaret Dalesandro (incumbent and member of the Easttown Township Democratic Committee) 
      • Precinct 5 – Virginia Simon (member of the Easttown Township Democratic Committee)
      • Precinct 6 – Maria Jo Fitzgerald
      • Precinct 7 – John Juzbasich – Resume

TE SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATES

TE SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS (Elect 2 for Region  3) The Tredyffrin/Easttown(TE) School District serves the townships of Tredyffrin and Easttown, encompassing 38 square miles in eastern Chester County. The TE School District is divided into three regions of nearly equal population with all of Easttown Township in Region 3.

There are nine members on the TE School Board serving 4 year staggered terms with elections occurring in the odd years (2021, 2023, etc.) Here is an excellent Guide to School Boards in Pennsylvania with information about the role of school boards and their elected officials.  You may also learn more about the School Board on the TE School Board website.

    • TE SCHOOL BOARD DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES  

CHESTER COUNTY CANDIDATES

COUNTY CLERK OF COURTS (Elect 1) – is the chief clerk and record keeper for the criminal division of the Court of Common Pleas. The office, with about 25 people, is responsible for maintaining records of all criminal cases, posting bail docketing all criminal records, assessing costs and fines for criminal cases, collecting monies on summary appeal cases, preparing forms for PennDot relating to motor vehicle offenses and filing forms related to the transfer of roads to a municipality. ($74,380 annual salary) 

COUNTY CONTROLLER (Elect 1)is the chief financial officer of the county and is responsible for overseeing the county’s fiscal affairs. The Controller’s office of some 34 employees maintains accounting records and is responsible for the internal audit function which assesses the adequacy of controls and good business practices. The Controller also prepares the county’s annual financial report and all related public documents. ($74,380 annual salary) 

COUNTY CORONER (Elect 1)investigates the cause and manner of death of anyone whose death is sudden, accidental, violent or of a suspicious nature. The coroner performs autopsies, conducts inquiries, and determines the cause of death. This office also maintains related records and handles the personal effects of the deceased. ($74,380 annual salary) 

COUNTY TREASURER (Elect 1) –  collects and deposits all monies that come into the county, including real estate taxes, as well as managing investments and debt. The office employs about 20 people and also issues dog, hunting, fishing boat and pistol licenses as well as permits for bingo and small games of chance. ($74,380 annual salary) 

    • COUNTY TREASURER DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE

PENNSYLVANIA JUDICIARY CANDIDATES

The Pennsylvania Judiciary is made up of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, the Commonwealth Court, the Superior Court, and trial courts known as the Court of Common Pleas and Minor Courts. Cases typically originate in the Court of Common Pleas and Minor Courts and can be appealed to courts higher up in the system. 

The image below depicts the flow of cases through Pennsylvania’s state  court system. All of the courts have elected judges for 10-year terms except for the Magisterial District Court, Philadelphia Municipal, and Pittsburgh Municipal Judges who serve six-year terms. Judges first elected to 10-year terms are required to run in a non-partisan retention election if they wish to continue to serve.  Learn about how judges are elected in Pennsylvania.  

SUPREME COURT (Elect 1) – The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is the state’s court of last resort. Seven justices serve on the Court and their job is to make the final judgment in interpreting Pennsylvania’s laws and Constitution. The Court has administrative authority over all aspects of Pennsylvania’s judicial system. As of September 2019, five judges on the court were elected in partisan elections as Democrats, one judge was elected as a Republican, and one judge was appointed by a Democratic governor. Supreme court judges are paid $215,037 annually as of January 2021.


COURTS OF APPEAL– Pennsylvania has two statewide intermediate appellate courts systems: the Pennsylvania Superior Court and the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court

COMMONWEALTH COURT (Elect 2) – The Commonwealth Court hears civil cases involving state or local government. It is the only court like it in the country. It not only hears appeals, but sometimes sits as a trial court in certain cases brought by or against the Commonwealth, such as a constitutional challenge to a state law or a tax dispute. The court is made up of nine judges who serve 10-year terms (beginning the January after their election and ending on the first Monday of the January 10 years later – only on even-numbered years). The court generally decides cases in three-judge panels and sits in Philadelphia, Harrisburg and Pittsburgh. The Commonwealth Court also functions as a trial court in some civil actions by or against the Commonwealth government and cases regarding statewide elections. Commonwealth Court judges are paid $202,898 annually as of January 2021. 

There will be two vacancies and two terms up for retention in 2021. Commonwealth Court judges Anne Covey and Renee Cohn Jubelirer must stand for retention election in November in order to remain on the bench. Nearly every statewide justice or judge who has ever run for retention has won. 

SUPERIOR COURT (Elect 1) – The Superior Court is the appeals court for most citizens and businesses. This Court’s decisions have a significant impact on Pennsylvania’s economy and the quality of life of our citizens. It reviews most of the civil and criminal cases that are appealed from the courts of common pleas in the state’s 67 counties. The court’s judges also review and decide on wiretapping applications presented by the state’s attorney general and district attorneys under Pennsylvania’s Wiretapping and Electronic Surveillance Control Act. It is one of the busiest intermediate appellate courts in the country. Superior Court judges are paid $202,898 annually as of January 2021. 

Superior Court judges John Bender and Mary Jane Bowes must stand for retention election in November in order to remain on the bench. Nearly every statewide justice or judge who has ever run for retention has won. 


COURT OF COMMON PLEAS (Elect 2) – With over 400 judges across the state, the Court of Common Pleas is where most misdemeanor and all felony criminal cases are disposed of, where Orphan’s Court matters are addressed, and where larger civil cases are originated. Family law matters, such as custody, divorce, and support are also addressed at the primary level under the supervision of the Court of Common Pleas for a county. These courts hear criminal and civil cases, including those involving families and children, such as divorce, property division, alimony, child custody and support, paternity and protection orders. They also hear appeals from the lower-level Minor Courts. There are 13 Common Pleas Judges in Chester County. Common Plea judges are paid $186,665 annually as of January 2021. 

MINOR COURTS (Elect 1)– These courts are the first level of Pennsylvania’s judiciary and are where most people have experience with the judicial system. Examples of cases include: traffic tickets, landlord-tenant disputes and underage drinking. These courts are also responsible for whether serious criminal cases go to the Court of Common Pleas, preliminary arraignments and preliminary hearings, setting and accepting bail except in murder or voluntary manslaughter cases. These courts are presided over by Magisterial District Judges (MDJs) in Pennsylvania counties and Municipal Court Judges in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. MDJs do not have to be lawyers, but they are required to pass a qualifying exam. Learn more about Magisterial Judges in Chester County.  Also be sure to read this important investigative article about problems with the Magisterial Court system in Pennsylvania. Magisterial judges in Chester County are paid $93,338 annually as of January 2021. Easttown Township is in District Court 15-1-02.

    • Magisterial  Judge Democratic Candidate – Be sure to vote for Democrat and highly experienced lawyer Mackenzie Smith!
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