WEST CHESTER, PA — Many political pundits identify suburban Philadelphia counties as some of the most important voting segments in the United States. Consequently, having been the last Republican stronghold, Chester County elections are an important indicator of national politics and voting trends.
In the 2018 Midterm Election, Democrats made historic inroads in turning Chester County blue, flipping longheld Republican seats in the state legislature. While Chester County Democrats have worked long and hard, it still remains to be seen whether or not these victories are sustainable or simply a passionate, yet anomalous, reaction to the Trump Administration.
The Chester County Commissioners race had incumbent Republicans, Terence Farrell and Michelle Kichline, faceoff against Democratic challengers Josh Maxwell, Mayor of Downingtown, and Marian Moskowitz, a local developer. Yet, with three County Commissioner seats up, at least one Republican or Democrat was guaranteed to win.
One of the biggest issue working for Democrats is the Mariner East pipelines. There are voters who saw the incumbent group of Commissioners as willing to sellout local residents in favor of big business. The opinion of many is that only after a massive negative reaction, coupled with an election year, did Commissioners take a stand against Energy Transfer Partners/Sunoco.
Regardless, since Pennsylvania was crucial to Donald Trump’s victory in 2016, the outcome of Chester County’s 2019 election could be a bellwether for the 2020 Presidential Election.
How Did Chester County Vote in 2019?
In the 2019 Election, Chester County had a turnout of 39.99 percent of eligible voters, compared to just 31.78 percent in the 2017 Off-year General Election. Regardless, the passion was clearly on the Democratic side, fully coloring Chester County as a blue county. With the exception of several municipal level races, Chester County voted Democrat up and down the ballot. The Democrats have clearly solidified control of Chester County.
With 100 percent of precincts counted, below you will find Chester County’s unofficial election results.
|2019 Chester County Pennsylvania Election Results|
|Straight Party Vote|
|Judge of the Superior Court (vote for two)|
|Dem Amanda Green-Hawkins||27.00%||71,845|
|Dem Daniel D McCaffery||26.00%||70,452|
|Rep Megan McCarthy King||23.00%||63,437|
|Rep Christylee Peck||22.00%||58,621|
|Judge of the Court of Common Pleas (vote for two)|
|Dem Analisa Sondergaard||28.00%||74,441|
|Dem Bret Binder||25.00%||68,907|
|Rep Andrea Cardamone||23.00%||63,617|
|Rep Charles A Gaza||22.00%||58,735|
|County Commissioner (vote for two)|
|Dem Josh Maxwell||25.00%||68,914|
|Dem Marian Moskowitz||26.00%||70,842|
|Rep Terence Farrell||23.00%||62,287|
|Rep Michelle Kichline||23.00%||63,779|
|District Attorney (vote for one)|
|Dem Deb Ryan||54.00%||76,251|
|Rep Michael Noone||45.00%||62,958|
|Sheriff (vote for one)|
|Dem Fredda Maddox||52.00%||73,072|
|Rep Jim Fitzgerald||47.00%||65,837|
|Prothonotary (vote for one)|
|Dem Debbie Bookman||52.00%||72,282|
|Rep Matt Holliday||47.00%||65,256|
|Register of Wills (vote for one)|
|Dem Michele Vaughn||53.00%||74,171|
|Rep Terri Clark||46.00%||64,175|
|Recorder of Deeds (vote for one)|
|Dem Chris Pielli||53.00%||73,517|
|Rep Amber Little-Turner||46.00%||64,799|
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