Op/Ed: The importance of a good deed

By Chris Pielli, Special to The Times Chris Pielli Why do people run for political office?  Ideally, it should be to serve the public and put the public’s interest above all other interests, including your own.   I think of Sophocles’ famous quote –“To be doing good deeds is man’s most glorious task.”  I have always tried to keep this in mind.  As a veteran, I have served my...

D.C. pols may have big impact on local 2019 election

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Today at 4 p.m., in Washington, D.C., there will be a meeting that may well decide the fate of the county elections in Chester County — not to mention thousands of similar elections nationwide. The Democratic House Caucus will meet this afternoon to decide whether of not to move for a formal Impeachment Inquiry of Donald Trump. How that meeting goes will have...

Ryan, Noone tout law enforcement endorsements

Deb Ryan While Democratic District Attorney Candidate Deb Ryan hailed a first-ever endorsement of a Democrat by Chester County Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 11 late last week, the Republican in the race, Mike Noone, sought to do damage control by pointing out his own law enforcement endorsements from the likes of Chester County Police Chiefs Association, the Phoenixville Police Association,...

Hogan withdraws from County DA race

Tom Hogan Tom Hogan withdrew from the race for Chester County District Attorney, Wednesday. Hogan, once seen as a potential gubernatorial or U.S. Attorney candidate in some political circles, cited family needs as the key factor behind his decision, after serving two terms in office after winning election in 2011. Hogan moved to endorse First Assistant District Attorney Michael Noone as his replacement...

Longo announces run for Register of Wills

Lisa Longo PHOENIXVILLE — Lisa Longo, a former Phoenixville Board of Education President and current board member announced Tuesday that she will seek the Democratic nomination for Register of Wills/Clerk of the Orphans Court for Chester County. Longo said her decision to run stems from a desire to do even more for the community, and that she has strong reasons to run for the office. ...

Ex-DA Carroll backs Ryan’s bid for Chesco DA

Former Chester County District Attorney Joe Carroll with DA candidate Deb Ryan. WEST CHESTER – Last Thursday, Deb Ryan officially announced that she will seek a historic election for Chester County District Attorney. When elected in November, Ryan will be the first woman and the first Democrat to hold this office. A seasoned prosecutor with 15 years of experience, and a former Deputy District...

Why I’m NOT running…

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times So, that went well. After more than three months of mounting a campaign for a county wide office, I pulled the ripcord Saturday and said, “enough.” It became clear that I am not cut out for politics, circa 2019. With the infighting, the false narratives and yes, concerns about corrupt conduct, I knew it was going to be bad, but like Maroon5’s Super Bowl halftime...

Bookman announces run for Prothonotary

Debbie Bookman Debbie Bookman, current Coatesville City Council Member, has announced that she will seek election for Chester County Prothonotary. The office of the Prothonotary processes all civil litigation filings for the Court of Common Plea. Debbie has over 20 years experience in strategic planning and administrative operations. Currently employed by ECRI Institute in Plymouth Meeting, PA...

Ryan announces race for Chester County DA

Deb Ryan Deb Ryan, former Deputy District Attorney at the Chester County District Attorney’s Office and current County Coordinator for the Safe and Healthy Communities Initiative at the Crime Victims’ Center of Chester County, Inc., has announced that she will seek election for District Attorney in 2019. “I have spent the past 15 years working as a prosecutor dedicated to fighting for justice...

Op/Ed: Why I’m running

Mike McGann By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times People run for office for a lot of reasons: ambition, fame, passion, lust for power and yes, a desire to do good works. Put me in the final category. As someone who has been around elected officials for much of my adult life — either as a media member or someone actively involved in politics — I’ve seen those reasons really drive both how that...