District Justice race heats up as driver threatens volunteer for opposing candidate
● By J. Chambless
An unidentified 45-year-old man from
Lincoln University is the target of an investigation by Pennsylvania
State Police Avondale after he allegedly revved his car's engine and
drove toward a volunteer trying to place a campaign sign on May 8.
The initial police report, issued on the morning of May 16, said that the unnamed volunteer was trying to place a yard sign for the re-election campaign of Judge Matt Seavey on Armitage Court, south of Walnut Glen Road, in Franklin Township on May 8 when he saw a light blue or silver Infiniti sedan with a sign to elect Nicole Morley on the passenger-side door. The volunteer said that the driver “revved the engine and steered towards him, causing him to dive out of the way,” according to the police report.
The initial report said the charges against the driver were for assault and reckless endangering.
On the evening of May 16, police issued an updated release stating that the incident was brought to the attention of the Chester County District Attorney's office, which declined to approve charges against the driver.
The District Justice race in District 15-4-04 -- made up of West Grove, Avondale, West Marlborough, London Grove, Franklin, London Britain, and New Garden -- has pitted incumbent Matt Seavey against challenger Nicole Morley, both Republicans, for the position. The Primary Election will be held May 19.