This November, Dr. Christina VandePol could make Pennsylvania history. If she wins the election, she would be the first woman to serve as Chester County Coroner.
She joins three other Democratic women who are seeking to make history the same way: Patricia Maisano, Treasurer; Margaret Reif, Controller; and Yolanda Van de Krol, Clerk of Courts.
Dr. VandePol is fully qualified to be elected County Coroner; her credentials are impeccable. She began her medical studies at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and completed her internship and residency in Denver, Colorado. Later, she served as an emergency room physician in Kansas and New Mexico. A study of bubonic plague led her into research in endocrinology, lung disease, metabolism, and cancer. Somehow, she still found time to run a medical consulting business for seventeen years.
Although Christina eventually retired from active medical practice, she realized that she still wanted to help people as a way of giving back to society. She began by volunteering to work with English as a Second Language (ESL) students. She enjoyed this work so much that she pursued a Master’s degree in ESL and subsequently taught international students who were working toward degrees in science. Currently, she teaches Anatomy and Physiology at Delaware County Community College.
If Christina is successful in her bid for Coroner, she has three core values that will define her time in office: Transparency, Truthfulness, and Professional Activism. First, she wants the public to know what the coroner does and why. Second, she wants honesty and accuracy to be reflected in all records attached to the office. Finally, she wants to work with law enforcement to prevent deaths from suicide and gun violence.
Clearly, Christina VandePol is the coroner the County needs. Chester County Democrats should help her make history.
By Brenda Mercomes