2020 DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES

This page shows Democratic candidates for Washington and Harrisburg in the primary election specific to our districts here in Willistown and Malvern. We are grateful to all who, by running for office, strengthen the process on which American democracy depends!

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REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS, PA-06
Chrissy Houlahan (Incumbent, Endorsed by CCDC)

Chrissy earned her engineering degree from Stanford with a ROTC scholarship and received her M.S. in Technology and Policy from MIT. She served three years active duty as a Captain in the US Air Force, and 13 years in the Reserves. Then she became Chief Operating office of the sportswear company AND1. She was founding COO of B-Lab (a nonprofit that promotes B Corporations and good business practices) and President and COO/CFO for Springboard Collaborative (a Philadelphia-based nonprofit focused on improving early childhood literacy in underserved communities). She was first elected to the PA-06 seat in November 2018 by a margin of 18%. In the House of Representatives, she serves on the Committees on Armed Forces, Foreign Affairs, and Small Business.

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PENNSYLVANIA SENATE, DISTRICT 19 (Malvern Borough Only)
Don Vymazal (Endorsed by CCDC)

 A longtime Phoenixville resident and trusted advisor to state Senator Andy Dinniman, Don Vymazal has earned a reputation for taking on tough challenges by building coalitions and developing innovative solutions that put people first. With extensive knowledge, boundless tenacity, and firm values, Don has led major public policy initiatives on the issues that matter most to residents, families, and taxpayers, including:

  • The public health and environmental safety concerns and risks associated with the controversial Mariner East pipeline.
  • The planning and management of numerous transportation infrastructure projects, including highway improvements and ongoing upgrades to train stations, railways, and public transit.
  • Securing millions in state grant dollars for community development, jobs, business growth, and nonprofit organizations supporting those in need.
  • Legislative updates and overhauls to support public education and the teachers and schools that are preparing the next generation to lead us into the future.

Don earned a Bachelor’s in History from Gettysburg College and a Master’s in Public Policy and Administration from West Chester University, where he is a Doctoral Candidate in Public Administration. Before serving as Senator Dinniman’s Director of Policy and Government Relations, Don advised the late State Senator Michael O’Pake of Berks County.

Website: Campaign
Social Media: Facebook

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PENNSYLVANIA SENATE, DISTRICT 19 (Malvern Borough Only)
Kyle Boyer

Kyle J. Boyer is an educator, minister, and life-long resident of Chester County. His work has intersected public education, the faith community, and public policy. He has taught various subjects at the middle and high school levels, and is a member of the Tredyffrin/Easttown Board of School Directors, chairing the Policy Committee and serving as liaison to the Pennsylvania School Boards Association. As president of the West Chester NAACP, Kyle has championed the cause of civic engagement and advocated for marginalized individuals throughout Chester County. Since 2010 he has been an associate elder at his lifelong church, the Mt. Carmel Church of God in Christ in West Chester, serving for eight years as youth pastor and chairing the first strategic planning initiative. Kyle received a BA from the George Washington University, MSEd and MPA from the University of Pennsylvania, and MDiv from United Lutheran Seminary.

Social Media: Facebook

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PENNSYLVANIA SENATE, DISTRICT 19 (Malvern Borough Only)
Carolyn Comitta

A West Chester University graduate, Carolyn earned her Master of Science in Education at Widener University. She continues to mentor students and has organized the attendance of over 2,500 local students at the annual Health and Environment Conference at the United Nations. A former teacher, member of West Chester Borough Council from 2006–10 and Mayor of West Chester from 2010-17, she is also Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Thomas Comitta Associates.

First elected to the 156th district of the PA House of Representatives in 2016, she serves on the Committees on Aging & Older Adult Services, Environmental Resources & Energy, Local Government, Professional Licensure, and Urban Affairs, as well as on the Climate, PA SAFE and Women’s Health Caucuses and on the PA Joint Legislative Air & Water Pollution Control & Conservation Committee and the Pennsylvania Commission for Women.

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PENNSYLVANIA HOUSE, DISTRICT 167
Kristine Howard (Incumbent, Endorsed by CCDC)

Kristine is a forward thinker from Malvern who is in tune with the needs of her neighbors. As a devoted single mother of seven, three still attending public schools, she focuses on the principle to put children first and work constantly to ensure their safety. She used her degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and Rutgers Law School to run a small legal and social services organization in New Mexico, before returning to Pennsylvania and joining the Philadelphia Lawyers for the Arts as an advocate for youth in foster care. She eventually joined the Chester County Department of Children, Youth, and Family services to investigate child abuse. Kristine understands quality schools are critical in laying the groundwork for a successful future. This fuels her fight to improve state programs and funding to offer quality education, healthcare, and career opportunities for all, including two-income families and single mothers, whose life challenges she shares. She is dedicated to creating solutions to the problems faced by all Chester County families. Kristine was first elected to this seat in November 2018. She serves on the PA House Committees on Children & Youth, Finance, and Human Services, and is a member of the Climate, PA SAFE (gun violence) and Women’s Health Caucuses.

Website: Campaign
Social Media: Facebook

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PENNSYLVANIA HOUSE, DISTRICT 167
Ginny Kerslake

Every two years voters have the opportunity to decide who will represent them. Once Democrats take control of our State House in 2020, we will need a leader who shares our community values, and someone who will prioritize putting people and our planet over profits. With so much at stake, Ginny has decided to run for State Representative for District 167. Ginny has degrees in Earth Science and managed an analytical services laboratory before moving to Chester County in 2004. Settling in West Whiteland, Ginny focused on raising their two sons and restoring their historic home, and turned a passion for sewing into a small business. When the Mariner East pipeline project impacted her family and thousands of others in Chester County, she stepped up to lead her community against this threat to our quality of life, property values, environment, and public safety. The need for change in government brought her to managing Danielle Otten’s 2018 grassroots campaign for PA House, winning a historic victory, turning the district blue for the first time since 1990. Ginny has earned a reputation as a knowledgeable and dedicated leader who will show up, listen to her constituents, understand their concerns, and speak truth to power, whatever the issue.

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*The Willistown-Malvern Democrats wishes all candidates to have a fair chance to make their case for election. Before each primary election, posting of information on this web site or other Willistown-Malvern Democratic social media sites does not imply endorsement, support, or approval of any candidate. We do, though, indicate candidates’ status with regard to incumbency or endorsement by the Willistown-Malvern Dems, the Chester County Democrats or the PA Democratic Party. Candidates for each office are listed in alphabetical order by last name, except endorsed and incumbent candidates, who are listed first in their section. We are grateful to all who, by running for office, strengthen the process on which American democracy depends.