2020 Leg. Candidate Questionnaire: Carolyn Comitta, 19th Senate District

Carolyn Comitta Editor’s Note: As has been our tradition, The Times sent our its annual questionnaire to all Chester County legislative candidates, via their respective party. We publish these responses entirely unedited and unfiltered to give readers an honest assessment of the candidates and their positions. They will be published as candidates return them to us. Although there are many major...

Pa. legislative Republicans show irresponsibility — again — in new COVID outbreak

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa It’s been a long year, considering it’s just been a week. I can’t list the entire magnum of chaos that happened this past week in D.C., so I’m going to focus on the ones that immediately impact voting in Pennsylvania and Chester County. Keeping it local, it looks like the Republicans in the legislature were saved from themselves when State Rep....

Letter: Chesco legislators standing against polluters

To The Editor, As we near election day, voting for those whose first priority is our health and environment is extremely important for our future. Unfortunately, most Pennsylvania state legislators are severely lacking in their duty to address one of the most threatening crises facing us: climate change. Pennsylvania is the fourth biggest carbon dioxide emitter in the United States, and the recent...

State legislators call for revoking Energy Transfer’s pipeline permits, after leaks, spills

State legislators representing five House districts and three Senatorial districts in Chester County have signed a letter to secretary Patrick McDonnell of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, secretary Dr. Rachel Levine of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and Chairwoman Gladys Brown Dutrieuille of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission calling for an immediate halt to...

Sappey, Comitta announce grant for WC Senior Center

State Reps. Christina Sappey and Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester, announced Friday that a $35,000 senior center grant has been approved for West Chester Area Senior Center. The grant comes from the Pennsylvania Department of Aging’s 2019-20 Senior Community Center Grants, totaling $2 million in funding from the Pennsylvania Lottery. “These grants will be used to make improvements and renovations on...

Comitta will seek third term in State House

Rep. Carolyn Comitta WEST CHESTER — Rep. Carolyn Comitta announced her bid for reelection for the Pennsylvania State House seat in the 156th District in front of a room full of supporters at Teca Restaurant in West Chester. “I am grateful every day to have the opportunity to serve as your State Rep. and so tonight, with gratitude, dedication, hope and joy I announce the launch of my re-election...

Chester County Democrats enjoy local Tsunami

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Chester County’s  Democrats made strong gains in legislative races Tuesday, winning a clear majority of State House seats and picking up a pair of state Senate seats — not to mention electing a Democrat to represent the entire county in 2019 as well as electing another Democrat to serve the southern part of the county almost immediately. While the “Blue Wave”...

Dinniman, Comitta headline WC clean energy event

State Sen. Andy Dinniman (D-19) speaks Wednesday night as State Rep. Carolyn Comitta (D-156) looks on at a clean energy event sponsored by PennEnvironment. Photo courtesy PennEnvironment: by Garen Meguerian WEST CHESTER — Wednesday night, PennEnvironment was joined by state Sen. Andy Dinniman, State Rep. Carolyn Comitta, West Chester Mayor Dianne Herrin, and West Chester University Director of Sustainability,...

The Times’ Magazine: A sit down with Carolyn Comitta

Editor’s note: this is the first of what we hope will be a regular, magazine style feature on either a subject or personality of interest to Chester County. Like a true magazine feature, it is long-form and written from the author’s perspective. We welcome your comments, suggestions for future such pieces and input. State Rep. Carolyn Comitta (D-156) By Emily Pisano, Special to The Times Clad...

Comitta wins recount, will take 156th seat

State Rep.-Elect Carolyn Comitta WEST CHESTER — Little changed after a formal recount was certified Friday afternoon, leaving Carolyn Comitta as the winner of the extremely close 156th District State Representative race, by a total of 25 votes. Comitta, the Mayor of West Chester, defeated Republican incumbent Dan Truitt by an 18,261 to 18,236 margin after the recount results were certified by Court...