OVERVIEW OF 2021 RACES
The following countywide offices will be on the 2021 ballot; soon we will start a page on this site to show candidates as they declare their intentions. We indicate incumbents whose term is expiring, although it is possible that not all incumbents will run for reelection.
• Chesco Court of Common Pleas (2 open seats are currently expected)
• County Clerk of Courts (Incumbent: Yolanda Van de Krol, D)
• County Controller (Incumbent: Margaret Reif, D)
• County Coroner (Incumbent: Christina VandePol, D)
• County Treasurer (Incumbent: Patricia Maisano, D)
The following non-countywide seats will be up for election in 2021:
• Magisterial District Judge (1/3 of seats in the County; see all 18 Chesco districts here)
• School Board Directors (1/2 of seats on each board; see all 14 districts partly or wholly in Chesco here)
• Municipal Supervisor or Mayor and Borough Council (1/2 or 1/3 of seats)
• Some other local officials such as Township Auditors, Tax Collectors, Judges of Elections, and Constables.
If you wish to receive a list of specific non-countywide seats open and current office-holders in your districts, contact your local Dem zone leadership.
How does the process of running for office work?
If you’d like to fill out a form to request CCDC training and support, see here.
• Consult others, decide if you would like to run and for which office, start to gather support, set up social media.
• Form an advisory team.
• Start gathering signatures to get your name on the ballot (but not before the first permitted day, usually in mid-February). We do not yet know if signature-gathering procedures will be altered due to Covid-19 in 2021.
• Ask for CCDC endorsement at the Nomination Convention, usually in February. Winning that endorsement is useful, but CCDC helps all candidates to get their names before the public.
• If CCDC does not endorse for that office, then you can ask zone committees for endorsement.
• The winners of the primary election in May (April in presidential years) become the party’s candidates for the general election.
• Then come six months of campaigning to win in November. Of course, our candidates get lots of support from the party and the grassroots.
2021 DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY CANDIDATES FOR JUDICIAL SEATS
We will add more names and links as they become available. Note that all 3 of these courts will be subject to gerrymandered districts and legislative interference if a proposed constitutional amendment passes in May; see more about this issue on the non-partisan FairDistrictsPA site.
PA Supreme Court (one vacancy; the state’s court of last resort, with seven justices for whom a full term is 10 years, with retention thereafter subject to voters; currently 5 D’s and 2 R’s, of whom one reaches mandatory retirement age of 75 during 2021)
PA Superior Court (one vacancy and 2 judges running for retention) 15 ten-year judge positions; one of two statewide intermediate appellate courts, PA Superior Court reviews most of the civil and criminal cases appealed from Courts of Common Pleas; the 14 current non-senior judges are split evenly between D’s and R’s
PA Commonwealth Court (two seats will be open; 2 judges running for retention): judges serve a full term of 10 years, with retention thereafter subject to voters; one of two statewide intermediate appellate courts; decides most cases in three-judge panels in Philadelphia, Harrisburg and Pittsburgh; current non-senior judges are 7 R’s, 2 D’s, and 1 nonpartisan )
Chester County Court Of Common Pleas
The Court of Common Pleas of Chester County is a general jurisdiction trial court located in West Chester. There are currently 13 full-time Judges (including 3 D’s and 10 R’s) and 1 Senior Judge, and 2 expected openings. 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.
Carlos Barraza – web site, Facebook
Tip McCabe – Facebook
Tony Verwey – Facebook
2021 ELECTION IMPORTANT DATES
2021 Pennsylvania Elections Important Dates (from PA Department of State)
All dates in this calendar are subject to change without notice.
February 16, 2021 First day to circulate and file nomination petitions
March 9, 2021 Last day to circulate and file nomination petitions
March 10, 2021 First day to circulate and file nomination papers
March 16, 2021 Last day to file objections to nomination petitions
March 24, 2021 Last day for withdrawal by candidates who filed nomination petitions
May 3, 2021 Last day to REGISTER before the primary
May 11, 2021 Last day to apply for a mail-in or civilian absentee ballot
May 18, 2021 Last day for County Board of Elections to receive voted mail-in and civilian absentee ballots (must be received by 8:00 P.M.)
May 18, 2021 MUNICIPAL PRIMARY
May 19, 2021 First day to REGISTER after primary
May 25, 2021 Last day for County Board of Elections to receive voted military and overseas absentee ballots (submitted for delivery no later than 11:59 P.M. on May 17)
August 2, 2021 Last day to circulate and file nomination papers
August 9, 2021 Last day to file objections to nomination papers
August 9, 2021 Last day for withdrawal by candidates nominated by nomination papers
August 9, 2021 Last day for withdrawal by candidates nominated at the primary
October 18, 2021 Last day to REGISTER before the November election
October 26, 2021 Last day to apply for a mail-in or civilian absentee ballot
November 2, 2021 Last day for County Boards of Elections to receive voted mail-in and civilian absentee ballots (must be received by 8:00 P.M.)
November 2, 2021 MUNICIPAL ELECTION
November 3, 2021 First day to REGISTER after November election
November 9, 2021 Last day for County Board of Elections to receive voted military and overseas absentee ballots (submitted for delivery no later than 11:59 P.M. on November 1)