My name is Kathryn Monahan. I am the new Chair of Kennett Area Democrats.

I am honored to have been elected by the voting members of the 22 precincts in the Kennett Area.

The next Primary Election is Tuesday, May 18th and that gives us another opportunity to register more Democrats, get more Democrats to the polls, and get more Democrats elected.

And we have the wind at our backs.

Our Delaware neighbor, Joseph Biden, is the President of the United States, and Jill Biden is the First Lady.

We are the majority party in Chester County. And the ranks of registered Democrats are growing. As reported in The Daily Local News on March 7th, Chester County voters are fleeing the GOP in unprecedented numbers. As of March 8th, our lead over Republicans is 3,860 voters.

But there is a hill to climb and it starts now.

The May 18th Primary may not be game day, but it is a very, very important preliminary contest.

Ahead of us are the 2022 midterm elections.

In 2022, we can send a Democrat to the U.S. Senate to fill Senator Toomey’s seat and help make sure President Biden not only maintains but increases the Democratic majorities in the U.S. House and Senate, including re-electing U.S. Representative Chrissy Houlahan.

We can elect a Democratic Governor.

We can make sure that Representative Christina Sappey is re-elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and that we unseat an incumbent Republican.

We can retain our majority in Chester County and locally in our ten municipalities.

This is no time for complacency.

We can’t be satisfied with low expectations for the May 18th Primary. We have to demonstrate that we know what is at stake, now and in every election.

We have to fight to keep our democracy and that means taking every election seriously. Even an off-off-year primary election.

So, mark your calendars: May 18th. Get your mail-in-ballot or show up at your polling place on May 18th.

Know what offices are being contested, who the candidates are, and what the ballot initiatives are.

Here is a sneak preview:

On the ballot in 2021 are four judicial seats on the Pennsylvania Supreme, Superior and Commonwealth Courts, as well as two seats on the Chester County Court of Common Pleas, and one for the local Magisterial District Court 15-4-04.

Four County Row Officers are on the ballot: Controller, Treasurer, Coroner and Clerk of the Courts.

In total, in the ten Kennett Area municipalities of Avondale, Kennett Square Borough, Kennett Township, East Marlborough, West Marlborough, London Britain, New Garden, Newlin, Pennsbury and Pocopson, we will have 38 Democrats on the ballot:

  • Mayor of Avondale and Mayor of Kennett Square
  • A combined six council seats: two in Avondale and four in Kennett Square
  • Seven supervisors in the Townships of East Marlborough, Kennett,  New Garden and Pocopson
  • Eight School Board Directors in the Avon Grove, Kennett Consolidated and Unionville Chadds Ford School Districts
  • Judge of Magisterial District Court 15-4-04
  • Two Constables in Avondale and Kennett Borough
  • One Tax Collector in London Britain
  • Eleven Judges of Elections and Inspectors of Election in Kennett Borough and the Townships of East Marlborough, Kennett, New Garden, West Marlborough, Newlin and Pennsbury

You will find all the details on the Kennett Area Democrats website HERE.

We will identify all the seats up for election and post the biographies and the photos of all the candidates.  We will have sample ballots, information on voting by mail and how to find your polling place.  We will also have information on three ballot questions.

And expect to hear from us by email or regular mail or by someone knocking on your door, calling you on the phone or sending you a text.  Yes, for some it may seem intrusive, but when you put it in the context of what is at stake, it is a small price to pay.

If you have any questions, contact me or your Committee Person.  You can find our photos, names and email addresses on our KAD website HERE.

Thank you for your support and I look forward to seeing more of you more often in and around Kennett soon!