St. Sen. says Chester County needs a friend in Gov.’s office
By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times
EAST BRADFORD — While there are four Democratic candidates for governor, Chester County’s top elected Democrat made his choice plain Saturday, with state Sen. Andy Dinniman announcing his support for Tom Wolf.
Dinniman and Wolf — who currently holds a large lead in the race for the Democratic nomination according to multiple polls — staged a joint event at the Stroud Preserve, among a series of events, the final one near the new train station in Coatesville — along with a couple of dozen supporters and local Democrats, even as wind and rain swept through the event. The location of the event, Dinniman said, was no accident. It has taken a partnership, he said, to preserve open space in the county.
“With everyone working together, we were able to save this,” he said. “And the state played a key role, as did the county.”
Wolf, from York County, suggested that Chester County’s open space preservation efforts are a model for other areas, and that he was amazed at how the residents of the county, elected officials and others came together to make it happen.
“when I look around here and see what you’ve done, this is what I was talking about when I said we really have a lot to be proud of in Pennsylvania,” Wolf said. “This is a beautiful state and every part of the state is beautiful, for very different reasons. I’m from York County and we look in awe at — we still do — at what you did her in Chester County.”
As someone looking from outside the county, Wolf said he and others were impressed by the groundswell of support open space had — and continues to have — in the county.
“What was remarkable to all of us in York County was how many people looked at this as something that just made sense,” Wolf said. “This was not about politics, this was not about party, this was not about who wins and who loses. It was about how we make something good for all of us.”
Wolf said that sometimes it takes someone seeing it from the outside to really appreciate an accomplishment.
“What you’ve done here is nothing short of remarkable,” he said.
Dinnaman made it clear that he feels that for those efforts to continue, Chester County needs a change in the governor’s mansion.
“The importance for us in Chester County is that at long last, in the governor’s office, we’ll have a friend,” Dinniman said of Wolf. “A friend of the environment, a friend of open space a friend of the Brandywine River. And that’s what we need.”
Dinniman stressed that the next stop, in Coatesville, was the other half of open space preservation: urban redevelopment, to slow sprawl and that Wolf understood the connection — and would a strong advocate for both.