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Raffi Terzian Elected Chair of The Chester County Republican Committee

Dr. Raffi Terzian is the new chairman of the Chester County Republican Committee.

Terzian, who takes over from Dr. Gordon Eck, received 85 percent of the committee members’ votes Tuesday evening, said Felice Fein, the former vice chair.

“It’s time for new leadership,” Terzian told the Delaware Valley Journal previously. The committee members agreed.

“I’m excited,” said Terzian on Thursday. “One of my goals is to unify the party and to move the party forward in Chester County. I’m grateful to the committee for putting their faith in me and my team. And I’m looking forward to serving.”

Terzian ran on a platform of vitalizing the party by having decentralized leadership, improved fundraising, communications and outreach to members and independent voters.

The Chester County GOP faces about a 5,000 voter registration deficit. And the county board of commissioners and district attorney’s office flipped to Democrats in 2019.

Asked to comment, Charlotte Valyo, chair of the Chester County Democrats said, “The Chester County Democratic Committee is 100 percent focused on electing Democrats in November and advancing the values of our party.”

Trained as an ER doctor, Terzian is married to Roseanne Terzian, and the father of four children. The family has called Chester County home for 19 years. Terzian,  a first-generation son of Armenian immigrants, holds a master’s degree in public health and also has experience in occupational health.

“I currently serve in an administrative capacity as an executive of a health care advocacy company where I lead a team of nurses and doctors who provide healthcare system navigation support,” he said.

Terzian also serves on the Tredyffrin Parks and Recreation Board, and is a board member of the Tredyffrin Historic Preservation Trust, as well as the Chester County Board of Health.

The family belongs to St. Katharine of Siena Church in Wayne and Terzian is a member of the Knights of Columbus.

A slate of officers also ran with Terzian and have been elected as well. They are: Executive Vice Chair John Emmons; Vice Chair Paula Tropiano; Treasurer Noan MacQueen; Financial Secretary Barbara Spall; Secretary Ann Marie Franciscus; and Assistant Secretary Trish Milanese.

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Chester County Democratic Committee Leadership Re-elected 

From a press release

At its quadrennial reorganization meeting last night, held virtually, the Chester County Democratic Committee (CCDC) voted to continue with the leadership team that began its work last year. That team, led by Chairwoman Charlotte Valyo and Vice Chair Jerry Pyne, was rewarded with a four-year term for successfully continuing the election trends began in 2017 to elect Democrats to local and county positions and provide strong majorities for state-wide Democratic victories. Also re-elected to their current positions were Alex Treplyakov as Secretary and Elva Bankins Baxter as Treasurer. Voting for these positions plus the CCDC Audit Committee were 332 attending precinct committeepersons or their proxies who were elected in the May 17, 2022 Primary Election, many serving for the first time.

In her pitch to the Committee for re-election and subsequent message afterwards, Chairwoman Valyo centered on two elements that she believes are intertwined and necessary for Democrats: Unity and Focus.  Valyo reiterated the purpose and goal of the organization: “CCDC is the voice and face of the Democratic Party in Chester County. We are a political committee whose mission is to elect Democratic candidates at every level. Our success is measured by election results and our ability to financially support our zones and candidates, providing the resources they require to win.”

The reorganization will continue in the coming weeks with naming of working committee chairpersons and members of the CCDC Executive Committee. In addition, with 2022 redistricting, many of the 20 area ‘zones’ that make up the Chester County Democrats’ extended field organization may be modified to more closely align with new state house districts. The Chester County Democratic Committee looks forward to the 2022 campaign season ahead confident that their hard work, voter outreach, strong candidates, and messaging will continue to appeal to Chester County voters.

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