McGann announces run for office in county
● By J. Chambless
On Dec. 4, Pocopson resident Mike
McGann announced that he will seek the Democratic nomination for the
Chester County Row Office of Register of Wills/Clerk of the Orphans
Court in 2019.
McGann, who has owned and operated The Times of Chester County for the last eight years, has served on various municipal and community boards, most focused on helping the county’s youth, but has not been actively involved in politics since 2009.
“There’s a lot of value of having had that ‘arm's-length' view,” he said. “You learn pretty quickly that neither party has a monopoly on good ideas -- and most folks in government, despite popular opinion, are there to try to do good for the greater community. I think I can bring that experience to county government and search for solutions, rather than get caught up in partisan battles.”
McGann said he had been content to focus on his other business ventures, including real estate holdings, management and consulting work, as he transitioned The Times away from its original content model to strictly community submissions, but that he had been nudged by several people to consider taking a more public role.
“In truth, there aren’t a lot of political positions I’d have interest in, but because the Register of Wills office touches so many lives, from assisting on end-of-life issues, to issuing marriage certificates, to protecting kids as Clerk of the Orphans’ Court, I see an opportunity to be a vocal advocate for populations often most in need of a champion,” he said.
Over the last decade, McGann has served on various municipal and community boards, including more than two years as president of the Unionville-Chadds Ford Education Foundation, and two years as chair of the Pocopson Township Parks, Recreation and Trails Committee. Additionally, he served on the board of the Unionville Recreation Association and currently is vice president of the Unionville Rugby Boosters. He served as a youth sports coach for URA and the Kennett Y for nearly two decades.
McGann is in the process of developing his new campaign website, www.mikemcgann.org and is the process of forming his campaign committee.