With the Iowa caucuses behind us and the New Hampshire primary happening today, things are heating up in the Keystone State. The stakes are high; the primary election enables registered voters to select who they believe should be a political party’s candidate to run in the general election for state and national office. Pennsylvania’s primary is April 28, 2020.
Of Pennsylvania’s 50 State Senate seats, 25 are up for election in 2020. Both the 9th and 19th Districts – which encompass parts of Chester County – are fielding competitive races on the Democratic ballot; candidates are hoping for a party endorsement heading into the primary following the Chester County Democratic Committee’s Nomination Convention on February 13, 2020.
The 9th and 19th District contests for State Senate are fluid and, as of press time, candidates were still entering or dropping out of the race.
Candidates for the 19th Senatorial District – which is entirely in Chester County (including Avondale Borough and London Britain, E. Marlborough, W. Marlborough, New Garden and Newlin Townships part of KAD) – are Kyle Boyer, Carolyn Comitta and Don Vymazal.
Kyle Boyer credits both the Tredyffrin/Easttown School District (where he currently serves as an elected board member) and his life-long community of worship, Mt. Carmel Church of God in Christ in West Chester, for his love of learning and his belief in the power of public education. As an educator and school board member, Boyer understands the power that Harrisburg wields over our education system. Boyer will work for marginalized communities throughout Chester County, promoting equal economic opportunities for all, combatting the opioid crisis and supporting policies that address the underlying causes, and ensuring that those who have paid their debt to society can contribute positively to the community after incarceration. For more information about Kyle Boyer, visit https://www.kylejboyer.com.
Carolyn Comitta currently serves as Representative for the 156th District in the Pennsylvania State Legislature. Prior to her election to the Legislature in 2016, she served as Mayor of West Chester for two terms. Her professional background includes a tenure as a teacher in Octorara School District and time as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Thomas Comitta Associates. She has participated in numerous local, state, national and international organizations. As of press time, no official website for Carolyn Comitta’s State Senate campaign has been announced.
Don Vymazal joined the race for the 19th District after the retirement of incumbent State Senator Andy Dinniman. Vymazel is Dinniman’s longtime Director of Government Relations and Policy, and his experience includes over 16 years with the Pennsylvania State Senate. Under Dinniman, Vymazal’s portfolio included pipeline safety and the environment, women’s health issues, and standing against discrimination of the LGBTQ community. He has also worked as committee zone leader in Phoenixville. As of press time, no official website for Don Vymazal’s State Senate campaign has been announced.
Learn about the Candidates for the Pennsylvania 9th Senatorial District
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.