Clocks sprang forward this weekend, and the smell of spring is in the air. The sense of enthusiasm and civic responsibility is palpable, as Chester County residents watch our fellow Americans head to the polls in critical states to cast their votes for change. The race for seats in Harrisburg is full of qualified contenders, and the Chester County Democratic Committee (CCDC) has formally endorsed candidates for state office.

We’re seven weeks out from Pennsylvania’s primary on April 28, 2020.  All 203 of Pennsylvania’s House seats are up for election in 2020. Democratic candidates for both the 158th – which is solely within Chester County – and 160th – which straddles Chester and Delaware counties – districts will be on the ballot in April, and the battle for the Democratic nomination for the 160th heading into the general election is competitive.

The incumbent candidate for the 158th House District – including the KAD areas of Avondale Borough and the townships of East Marlborough, London Britain, New Garden, Newlin and West Marlborough townships – is Christina Sappey (endorsed by CCDC).

In 2018, Christina Sappey defeated Republican incumbent Eric Roe to become the 158thDistrict’s newest representative.  Sappey was no stranger to the Pennsylvania State House, though; she had spent the last dozen years working in the State Legislature as both Chief of Staff and Director of Legislative Initiatives to three Democratic lawmakers. In an age of rampant partisanship, Sappey is respected for her willingness to reach across the aisle and take a practical approach to legislating. Her key platform issues are education, the environment and fiscal responsibility. Sappey’s promotion of innovation and sustainable job-growth is rooted in her business management background in the fashion industry. For Sappey, democracy starts at home; she is proud to call herself a resident of Chester County for 25 years. For more information about Christina Sappey, visit:

Candidates for the 160th House District – including the KAD areas of Kennett Square Borough and the townships of Kennett, Pennsbury and Pocopson –  are Anton Andrew (endorsed by CCDC and KAD) and Cathy Spahr. Democrats are hoping to convert this seat and continue to narrow the Republican majority in the wake of incumbent Steve Barrar’s retirement. Democrats have not represented the 160th District in over 40 years.

After an historic close race in 2018 against a 22-year incumbent, Anton Andrew is again vying for the open seat in the 160th. As a public defender in both Miami and Chester County, Andrew has fought to ensure gender equality in the criminal justice system, represent indigent and working class families, and tackle the opioid epidemic. The son of immigrants, Andrew will work to make the American Dream an opportunity for all, including access to education, a living wage and fair representation by elected officials. Andrew has spent the past 15 years helping The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County gain national accreditation and working to create nature-based solutions to tackle climate change and protect our natural resources. He also stands for common-sense gun safety reforms like universal background checks and a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. For more information about Anton Andrew, visit:

Cathy Spahr has been in the shoes of those she’s seeking to represent in the 160th.  She’s a working mom to twin 10-year old boys, and has navigated the often complex and intimidating issues of securing children’s health insurance, living on minimum and low wage employment and gaining access to quality education.  An environmentalist, Spahr launched We Speak for the Trees, which delivers copies of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax to state and federal legislators with personal requests from children for conservation and environmental preservation in each book, teaching our youth the importance of engagement and accountability. She is currently the Codes, Planning & Zoning Administrative Coordinator for Newtown Township, where she has been awarded for her historic preservation efforts. Her platform also addresses women’s rights, protecting unions, firearms and gun violence, opioid addiction, fair districting and LGBTQ+ rights. For more information about Cathy Spahr, visit:
For more information on municipalities within Chester County’s Pennsylvania House and Senate districts, please visit https://chescodems.org/pa-house-and-senate-districts/. Keep an eye on https://chescodems.org/2020-candidates/ for updated information on the 2020 candidates. If you are unable to vote in-person on April 28th, don’t forget to secure your absentee or mail-in ballot at: https://www.votespa.com/Voting-in-PA/Pages/Mail-and-Absentee-Ballot.aspx