COATESVILLE, PA — Leaving big shoes to fill, Councilman Ed Simpson announced his retirement from Coatesville City Council after serving the City’s residents since 2003. During a City Council meeting on April 24, 2023, Simpson shared his decision to resign due to a move to be closer to family members. While they remain Chester County residents, he and his wife Terry moved outside of the City’s limits, rendering him ineligible to serve on Council.
Simpson’s service began in 1998 when he was appointed to fill the remaining term for Clyde Burnite. He then ran in 2003 and was elected to Council and has served five consecutive terms. “During his tenure, Councilman Simpson was instrumental in supporting a number of economic and business development initiatives that have bolstered Coatesville’s concerted revitalization efforts,” said James Logan, Coatesville City Manager. “Mr. Simpson’s business acumen also provided insight into a number of real estate deals that have benefitted the City and our residents.”
Among his many meaningful contributions, Simpson recalls being inspired to run to help prevent the eminent domain taking of farm property. He advocated for a local family to retain their property and played an integral part in turning the tide of the battle that stretched over six years. “I’ve always believed in fighting for what I believe is right, and never playing politics,” says Simpson.
“I’ve known Ed since first grade,” says Linda Lavender-Norris, Coatesville City Council President. “Ed was always motivated to bring about positive change, and I’ll miss working with him on Council. Although we didn’t always agree on issues, we always agreed to respect one another’s opinion and move forward for the good of the City. I know how hard it must have been for him to resign, and I appreciate that he is putting family first. I know we’ll see him around town because the City of Coatesville is in his heart.”
A Coatesville Senior High School graduate, Simpson served in the U.S. Army for three years, returning to the area in 1981 and planting roots in the west end of Coatesville with his wife. The couple has been married for 43 years and have a daughter, son and four grandchildren. During that time, he founded Independence Transport and Logistics in Coatesville and is the Managing Member.
One of Simpson’s more notable achievements has been the development of the Coatesville Invitational Vintage Grand Prix, which has grown to become one of Chester County’s most anticipated events that draws thousands to the City. Along with then-City Manager Mike Trio and Dick Miles, Simpson was part of the team that conceived and originated the event in 2016, and he has remained actively involved.
“It’s exciting to see the City grow with events like the Grand Prix and seeing more businesses and restaurants springing up downtown,” says Simpson. “It’s great to feel the renewed energy as the City gains momentum with more than 40 economic development projects in the works. It’s been a long road, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. It’s been a privilege to work with my fellow Council members and to have served the residents of the City.”
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