Judge Analisa Sondergaard and Judge Bret Binder Endorsed by the Chester County Democratic Committee

The members of the Chester County Democratic Committee have voted to endorse candidates Judge Analisa Sondergaard and Judge Bret Binder for the two open seats on the Chester County Court of Common Pleas to be elected in November.  The CCDC’s endorsement convention took place on the evening of March 19th at Stetson Middle School, where both candidates spoke before a standing-room only crowd.    


Sondergaard and Binder’s judicial experience, previous campaign successes, and reputations in the legal community helped them stand out in an accomplished field of candidates.  Both are sitting Magisterial District Judges who emphasized their commitment to treating everyone who appears in their courts with respect and empathy while applying their knowledge of the law.  Despite a five-way ballot, both candidates were able to secure over the 65% percent of the votes required to receive an endorsement. When the results were announced, the room filled with cheers and congratulations for the two well-known and well-liked candidates.  

Sondergaard lives in Tredyffrin Township and has served as the Magisterial District Judge for Tredyffrin and East Whiteland Townships for eight years.  She started her legal career as an Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia and, as part of the Family Violence and Sexual Assault Unit, she prosecuted defendants charged with physical and sexual assault of children and adults. Prior to taking the bench, she worked for ten years as a litigator in private practice.  She currently mentors and trains associates at McDonnell & Associates in all aspects of litigation while contributing to the community, including donating her time each week to Meals on Wheels at Surrey Services for Seniors in Devon.  She has earned a reputation for being knowledgeable and compassionate and pushing reforms such as eliminating incarceration for those who can’t afford to pay fines for traffic tickets, accepting community service hours as an alternative for those who are unable to pay court fines, and working with law enforcement to create programs for youthful first-time offenders.    

Binder, an East Bradford resident, is the Magisterial District Judge serving parts of West Chester as well as the townships of East and West Bradford. He has distinguished himself on the bench by being appointed to the Rules Committee of the Special Court Judges Association.  He has quickly earned a reputation for a deep passion for the law and treating all parties with respect.  He spoke of his achievements in moving his court towards cashless bail, performing weddings for all, and also working to eliminate debtor’s prison.  Binder is the founder and managing partner of the law firm Binder & Canno, LLC located in West Chester, co-author of Binder on Pennsylvania Evidence, 10th Edition (Pennsylvania Bar Institute), previously served as Director on the Board of the West Chester Area School District, and currently serves on the board of numerous local non-profit organizations including the Chester County Opportunities Industrialization Center (CC-OIC), which focuses on adult literacy and job training.

Both candidates have pledged to continue to fight to improve the judicial system, including their desire to expand mental health and drug court to help people get treatment as part of the rehabilitation process, give all parties an opportunity to be heard fully and treated with respect, and apply the law with knowledge and compassion. 

Tuesday, May 21 is Election Day for the primary. The last day for residents to register to vote for the primary is April 22. Absentee ballots are available from Chester County Voter Services and must be returned by May 17. The General Election is Tuesday, November 5.

Chris Pielli Endorsed by Carolyn Comitta

“It is with great pleasure that I announce my endorsement of Chris Pielli for Recorder of Deeds. Chris's long and impressive record of public service and his ongoing work as a West Goshen Township Supervisor shows he is the type of community leader and public servant Chester County needs.

Chris shares my views about responsible government. During his tenure as Township Supervisor, he has helped to produce balanced budgets while protecting the quality of life issues most important to his constituents. Chris’s campaign is about changing the face of our County Government and sending a message throughout our area that repudiates the politics of division and promotes decency, inclusiveness, and accountability. Chester County needs a Recorder like Chris who will strive to promote and improve government service to our residents.”

State Representative Carolyn Comitta
Pennsylvania 156th District



Take a bow!

East Goshen elected Democrats across the ballot!

On a cold, rainy November day you braved the weather to come out and be heard and you were rewarded. The turnout was historic and when the rain cleared we saw brilliant skies, beautiful rainbows and much-deserved victory.

Every Democrat on our ballot won yesterday. Across Pennsylvania, Democrats achieved unprecedented victories.

Senator Casey, Governor Wolf and Representative Comitta have all won another term in office.

Chrissy Houlahan is now the first woman to represent PA06 in Congress. An amazing and well-earned victory!

All of the Democratic candidates won in East Goshen. East Goshen voters are only about one-third registered Democrat, but they voted blue yesterday! It’s a rebuke of Trumpian politics and an embrace of what we stand for: Truth and Progress.

Chester County had 66% voter turnout yesterday, which is incredibly high.  HOWEVER, East Goshen topped it with more than 70% turnout!

I hope you’ll come to our next meeting on Thursday November 29 at 7pm in the township building. It will be a celebration of hard work.

Thank you all for your support. Our coming together has made a real difference in our community. We are proud and grateful for East Goshen Dems. This is just the beginning of what we can accomplish together. 


Preparing for Election Day - Tuesday, November 6th

It has never been more important to have your voice heard. It has never been more important to be counted.


Plan your day. Make sure you have a ride to the polls.

First time voter? Need directions? See vote.org to check your registration status and find all you need. One of the many wonderful things about living in East Goshen Township is how streamlined our voting process is. You can be in and out fairly quickly.

Download a sample ballot to be prepared for what you will see in the voting booth.

Need a text message to remind yourself to vote? See https://chescodems.org/ for this and more information on your candidates.

Your Democratic Candidates:

Pennsylvania Governor-Tom Wolf, running for re-election: www.wolfforpa.com

Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor-John Fetterman: www.johnfetterman.com

US Senate for Pennsylvania-Bob Casey, running for re-election: www.bobcasey.com

US House of Representatives for Pennsylvania’s 6th  Congressional District - Chrissy Houlahan: www.chrissyhoulahanforcongress.com

Pennsylvania House State Representative for the 156th Legislative District -Carolyn Comitta, running for re-election: www.carolyncomitta.com

Want to Take Action? Join us!

Your Democratic party is working hard this summer. You can find us at the Goshen Country Fair. Please stop by for balloons and lawn signs. 


We will also be campaigning for our candidates.

Please join us in canvassing for Chrissy Houlahan. If you've never canvassed before it's a lot of fun. You get out and meet fellow Democrats in your county. Team spots now available in Malvern, Phoenixville, Exton and Kennett Square.

If you're not able to canvass please consider phone banking. 








When Democrats Vote, Democrats Win!

Congratulations, East Goshen Dems! You really showed up at the polls on Tuesday. We are celebrating many victories and are invigorated by our zones turnout.

You almost doubled the turnout from the 2014 Primary! 

We will take this momentum all the way into November. Because WHEN DEMOCRATS VOTE, DEMOCRATS WIN!

Here's the raw results and from Chester County and we will provide some more information on numbers and turnout in the following days.


May 15th Sample Ballots & Candidate Info Here!

Election Day is May 15th.

Be Informed. Be Ready.

Below you'll find information on the primary candidates that will be running on your Democratic Ballot. You'll also find a new link in our navigation that will take you to sample ballots for your voting location. Your Committee People will be at the polls on Election Day with hard copies. As your committee people, we do research on your behalf and our sample ballots include our endorsements, as well as the CCDC endorsements, highlighted for your reference. We encourage you to stop at our table before you vote. We would be happy to talk with you!

Ballot Question for East Goshen: (Registered Independents can vote on this question)

Do you favor the granting of liquor licenses for the sale of liquor in East Goshen Township of Chester County?”

For more information on this question please see East Goshen Township website.

Democratic Primary Candidates

Downloadable pdf

Democrat State Committee Candidates

East Goshen Democrats Spring Social - Join Us!

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We are thrilled to invite you to our Spring Social of 2018! Come meet your Candidates, mingle and get to know your fellow local Democrats.

Friday May 4th 6-8pm
1706 Towne Drive
West Chester PA 19380

Registration required by May 1

The funds we raise will be used to support democratic candidates and elections in East Goshen. 

UPDATE! 5/3/18

Advanced ticket sales are sold out! Thank you so much for your overwhelming response. We are looking forward to a great evening and a strong year. Ticket sales are still available at the door for $60.00 paid ONLY BY CHECK. Many Silent Auction items will be available so bring your checkbook if you want to participate. 

If you can't attend, but would still like to donate please visit us here.

For questions or information on how to pay by check, or if you'd like to volunteer, email us at eastgoshendems@hotmail.com


Meet your Committee Representatives - March 1

Your Committee People are currently engaging in the petition process. This is the time of year when they are gathering signatures to be put on the May primary ballot. Your fellow local Democrats need your support in getting there, so please help with a signature.

We've accomplished so much this year and we have big plans for 2018-2019!

Please join us on March 1st at 7 pm in the Township Building. You can meet your zone's representative and there will also be a time set aside for petition signing. Your Committee People are anxious to meet you.

And if you'd like to be more involved, we are more than happy to have you!





A Blue Wave

This week has already been a momentous one!

We have officially seen the swearing in of our very first Democratic East Goshen Supervisor in the history of our township. Thank you to everyone who came out to bear witness to the event and say hello. Our community showed up in great numbers to support of their newly elected official.

David Shuey being sworn in by Judge Tom Tartaglio.

David Shuey being sworn in by Judge Tom Tartaglio.

And today, Chester County swore in not just its FIRST Democrat in a row office since its founding in 1682, but FOUR outstanding Democratic women who swept the November election!

Congratulations again to Treasurer Patricia Maisano, Clerk of Courts Yolanda Van de Krol, Coroner Dr. Christina VandePol, and Controller Margaret Reif. Seen here with Brian McGinnis, chairman of the Chester County Democrats.

Congratulations again to Treasurer Patricia Maisano, Clerk of Courts Yolanda Van de Krol, Coroner Dr. Christina VandePol, and Controller Margaret Reif. Seen here with Brian McGinnis, chairman of the Chester County Democrats.

Thank you to everyone who braved the freezing temperatures to celebrate these events. Together we can make sure this Blue Wave never slows down!

Stay warm and stay current by visiting our Facebook page.

An Invitation

The East Goshen Democrat Committee invites you to attend the Township Supervisor Meeting on Tuesday, January 2nd to witness the swearing in of David Shuey, the first Democrat elected to the board.

The meeting will be at 6 pm at the Township Building on Paoli Pike.

We would love to see you there so we can thank you in person for coming out to vote this November.

Happy New Year! May 2018 bring a wave of change that benefits everyone.

Congratulations, East Goshen Democrats!

Congratulations everyone! You elected the most qualified, principled and dedicated group of public officials. 

David Shuey wins East Goshen Township Supervisor, the first time an elected Democrat has ever held this position. David ran a stellar campaign and came in first out of three candidates. His dedication to the many troubling ME2 pipeline issues, his fact-finding trips to Harrisburg and canvassing the township proved that knowledge is the basis of a winning campaign.


And if that was not enough good news... we had a first-time historic Democratic sweep of county row offices. The FIRST FOUR Democrats ever elected to county row office in Chester County, PA since its founding in 1799... and they are all women. Chester County Dems said it best, "What is so important about the row office results is not just that Dems finally have a seat at that table, but that the public interest will be advanced by an overall set of countywide officials who represent the diversity of the county—including these 4 highly talented and dedicated professionals."


It was a big win for the Democratic Party across the board this November 7th. Here in East Goshen, we watched as our candidates introduced themselves to each and every voter, took time to explain their platforms and listen to voter concerns. It was a long, hard campaign and now everyone is eager to... rest? Absolutely not. They are itching to get to work. As it has always been here in our corner of Pennsylvania, we are anxious to work together to make this township safe, profitable, equitable and the perfect place to live.

As for the Democrats who came out and showed up for your party, we thank you! We're going to need you to stay involved to have the greatest impact on future elections. Please come say hello at our next public meeting at the Township Building on November 30th at 7pm. 

Here are the still unofficial results which also include judges of Superior and Supreme Court. More updates as they become official throughout the following days. 


Sample Ballots are Now Posted

They are available for download. As usual, you will still find your friendly Democrat poll workers outside the voting stations on election day handing them out.

You can find the sample ballots as pdf files here. Democrats are listed as such, but the ovals are not filled in.  (Update: 10/12/17 --- Endorsed candidates are now marked on sample ballot downloads for your convenience)

And a quick reminder we will be out at the Farmer's Market this Thursday 10/5 and next 10/12, come say hello and pick up information about November's candidates.