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Candidates file for the Primary Election

03/15/2021 04:50PM ● By Steven Hoffman

The Pennsylvania Primary Election is now just two months away and the races for various elected positions in southern Chester County are starting to take shape as candidates have circulated and filed the necessary nomination papers to have a spot on the ballot.

The Primary Election allows registered voters of each political party to select the candidates who will be nominated for the General Election. The Primary Election will take place on Tuesday, May 18, while the General Election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 2.

Here’s a look at some of the candidates who have filed for the upcoming election:

Borough Council races

In Oxford Borough, three incumbents are seeking re-election in a crowded field that is likely to remain crowded heading into the General Election. With four seats up for election in 2021, the Democratic candidates who have filed are incumbents Robert Ketcham and Ron Hershey as well as Amanda Woolston and Mary-Laura Buchner Hulse. On the Republican side, Amanda Birdwell is seeking re-election and Michael McMurrough and Bill Fitzpatrick are looking to win their first election to Oxford Borough Council.

In Avondale Borough, the borough council candidates who have filed are Democrats Janet Watts and Michael Essmaker and incumbent Republican William Shore, Jr.

Council president David Prosser is seeking re-election in West Grove Borough, as is council member William Temme. Lauren McDevitt, Leandria Hall, and Michael Ranieri have also filed for the Primary Election.

Big changes appear to be coming to Kennett Square Borough Council, where the four incumbents who are up for election this year—Ethan Cramer, LaToya Myers, Dr. Brenda Mercomes, and Peter Waterkotter—are not included on the unofficial list of candidates on the Chester County Voter Services webpage. Kathleen Caccamo, Timothy Kerver, Samantha Ferraro, and Bob Norris have all filed for the Primary Election. Norris previously served on the Kennett School Board and as a supervisor in New Garden Township.

Mayoral races

Southern Chester County has four boroughs where mayoral races will be decided in 2021. Kennett Square mayor Matt Fetick and West Grove mayor Stephen Black are both seeking re-election. In Oxford Borough, incumbent mayor Phil Harris is seeking a full, four-year term after being appointed to fill a vacancy. In Avondale, incumbent mayor Stephen Cummings is seeking the Republican nomination, while Susan Rzucidlo is a Democratic candidate who is seeking the nomination.

Supervisor candidates

Many townships will be electing supervisors in this election cycle. Here’s a list of people who have filed for the Primary Election along with the party that they seeking the nomination from:

East Marlborough Township

Kathryn Monahan (D)

William Mullin (R)

Unexpired two-year term in East Marlborough Township

Burling Vannote (D)

East Nottingham Township

Phillip Brenner (D)

Shelley McLeod Meadowcroft (R)

Joseph Herlihy (R)

Thomas Faux (R)

Elk Township

Estace Walters  (R)

Franklin Township

James Johnson (R)

Donna Dea (R)

Dawn Dowling (D)

Kennett Township

Whitney Hoffman (D)

Geoffrey Gamble (R)

Peter Doehring (D)

London Britain Township

Glenn Frederick (R)

Russell McKinnon (R)

London Grove Township

Christina Fanning (R)

Unexpired four-year term in London Grove Township

Stephen Zurl (R)

Lower Oxford Township

Kathleen Widdoes (D)

Robert McMahon (R)

New Garden Township

Michael Loftus (R)

Troy Wildrick (D)

Edward “Ted” Gallivan, Jr. (D)

New London Township

Dale Lauver (R)

Penn Township

William Radar O’Connell (R)

Jay Ennis (R)

Ronald Hill (D)

Upper Oxford Township

Howard Reyburn (R)

West Nottingham Township

Russell Lux (D)

Tiffany Bell (R)

May 3 is the last day to register to vote in the Primary Election. The Primary Election takes place on Tuesday, May 18.