In the Kennett Spotlight

Candidates for
Chester County District Attorney
Chester County Sheriff

by AJ Miguel

In Chester County, the Blue Wave symbolizes change on multiple fronts – a surge in the number of registered Democratic voters, closing the gap to the smallest seen between Ds and Rs as the 2019 election looms; historic wins placing Democrats into offices traditionally held by Republicans, mirroring the trend across the country; and a stellar slate of candidates, including for District Attorney and Sheriff, with proven service that exemplifies a commitment to integrity, accountability, and justice for all. Look for Deb Ryan for DA and Fredda Maddox for Sheriff on the November 5th ballot!

District Attorney – Candidate Deb Ryan

The District Attorney is the chief law enforcement official for Chester County, coordinating the efforts of more than 50 law enforcement agencies to investigate, prosecute and prevent crime. Deb Ryan has first-hand experience with the Chester County District Attorney’s Office, having served as a prosecutor there for over a decade where she secured strict sentences for some of the most vile offenders we’ve seen in our county. She was ultimately promoted to the Deputy District Attorney in charge of the Child Abuse Unit and Children’s Advocacy Center, which positioned her to transition to her current job at the Crime Victims’ Center of Chester County, Inc. In this role, she works to protect vulnerable populations through the provision of prevention and education programs and direct services for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse.

Deb’s call to service began at a young age. As the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, she knows the importance of compassion, community, and collaboration. These values are at the core of her career, and have been lauded by law enforcement and other peers in this campaign, including an endorsement of her candidacy by the Pennsylvania State Police Lodge 66.  Deb’s pledge to advocate and seek justice for victims sets her apart on the ballot in her qualifications for DA. She will place victims first always, and work alongside her community partners to do the right thing, the right way.

The “tough on crime” model is no longer working for Chester County; Deb knows that “smart on crime” solutions to ensure justice for all is the path forward to eradicating the public health crises of gun violence, opioid addiction, and child abuse plaguing our community. With her at the helm – a feat that would make her the first Democrat and the first woman to ever hold the office – she will rebuild a reputation for the Chester County District Attorney’s Office based on respect and dignity. For more information about Deb, visit:

Sheriff – Candidate Fredda Maddox

The Sheriff is the law enforcement arm of the Court of Common Pleas and ensures the safety of the Justice Center, judges, jurors, and other government buildings; enforces court orders; transports prisoners throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; and assists other local enforcement agencies. The Sheriff works closely with the courts to deliver justice for the citizens of the county. Fredda Maddox is uniquely positioned to assume the mantle of the office with her dual careers in law enforcement (almost 20 years) and law practice (over 20 years). She brings boots-on-the-ground experience and the proven track record required to succeed as Sheriff.

Fredda is already a history-maker as one of the first women to serve as a Pennsylvania State Trooper in Chester County, where she worked as a Special Agent with the Bureau of Criminal Investigations and a Narcotics Agent with the Bureau of Narcotics for the PA Office of the Attorney General. Not one to run from a challenge, Fredda earned her Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from West Chester University, and then her law degree from Widener University Law School, by attending evening classes while maintaining her full-time job. Upon retirement from law enforcement, Fredda is now a practicing attorney in West Chester and advocates for abused and neglected children and victims of domestic violence.

Fredda has been active in politics since high school, where she recruited friends to work phone banks and stuff literature for the unions to which her parents belonged. She served as a Committee Person in Birmingham Township, where she resides, and sought out volunteer opportunities through organizations like “Wills for Heroes,” the Chester County Women’s Commission, and the West Chester Public Library. Fredda brings a lifetime of service to her community, where she has continuously focused on protecting the safety and rights of all. She has experience working across the aisle and partnering with other law enforcement agencies and stakeholders.

As Sheriff, Fredda will bring transparent leadership and integrity to Chester County. She will work to restore trust between law enforcement and the culturally diverse communities they serve, while restoring accountability to the office in the aftermath of the scandals embroiling the incumbent.

#LetsFinishTheJob on November 5th by voting for Deb and Fredda, strong women who will deliver a justice system for Chester County based on compassion, community, and comprehensive solutions!