inside sources print logo
Get up to date Delaware Valley news in your inbox

Chester County GOP Seeks Injunction Against County Board of Elections

The Chester County Republican Committee (RCCC) filed a lawsuit Thursday against the Chester County Board of Elections, asking the court for an injunction to prevent some changes the board recently enacted and to find that ballots harvested from a long-term care facility are invalid.

In January, the board petitioned to change Phoenixville Borough precincts before the April 23 primary. The GOP was concerned that committee members would not have time to submit petitions to appear on the ballot.

The GOP also learned the county had counted mail-in ballots from residents at a long-term care facility who had one person representing all of them. The mail-in ballot law states an individual may represent only one person in their own household, which does not include a long-term care facility, the lawsuit said. Each resident must designate a different person.

When the GOP asked for proof the long-term care facility had been officially designed as one household, the county admitted there was no proof.

“For decades, both parties’ committee members have acted as poll watchers in their own precincts even when they are running for committee,” the lawsuit said. “The county now claims that committee members are candidates and, therefore, cannot be poll watchers in their own precincts because they would be electioneering the polls.”

County solicitors could not cite language that required the change in the election code, but instead mentioned a 1950 Pennsylvania Supreme Court case out of Philadelphia.

“Importantly, there is nothing in the Supreme Court case that indicates that a candidate is prohibited from being a poll watcher in his (or) her own precinct, and the post that (Philadelphia) candidate was seeking was not identified,” the suit said.

The Republicans “seek this preliminary injunction to enjoin (the county) from promulgating rules and making policy decisions without notice as required by law, from surreptitiously filing legal actions, engaging in ex parte (without the other side present) communications with the court, from including invalid ballots in the vote count and to preserve the status quo by permitting Republican committee members to be poll watchers in the precincts in which they reside and cease from interfering with the RCCC’s right to assign its poll watchers to the precincts they represent.”

The Republicans will “suffer irreparable harm” if the county is permitted to continue to disregard all notice requirements to act in secret, to change the status quo regarding Republican committee members, and to enact rules that adversely affect one party. Also, to count void or invalid ballots, diluting the rest of the votes, the suit said.

Raffi Terzian, chair of the Chester County Republican Committee, said, “Following the November 2023 election, we inquired about a number of election processes and encountered a disturbing lack of transparency and inconsistent responses from county representatives. We were compelled to file this Petition for Injunction in an effort to promote accountability, to help restore confidence in the integrity of the election process by ensuring that the law is followed and so that citizens are provided with appropriate notice of actions taken by county government.”

Rebecca Brain, a spokeswoman for Chester County, declined to comment on the litigation.

Common Pleas Judge Anthony T. Verway is expected to hear the case on Monday since the primary will be held on Tuesday, April 23.

Please follow DVJournal on social media: Twitter@DVJournal or

Third Annual VA Clothing Drive

From a press release 

On Monday, July 3, members and candidates from the Republican Committee of Chester County delivered shirts, shorts, hats, sunglasses, and more to the Coatesville VA Medical Center.

“Chester County veterans have served our nation. It has been an honor and pleasure for the past three years to visit with them as the nation celebrated Independence Day,” said David Sommers, RCCC Charis community outreach director and Chester County commissioner candidate.

The July 4 RCCC Veterans’ Clothing Drive is in its third year; it helps approximately 40 to 50 veterans at the facility with much-needed men’s and women’s clothing items, as requested. “The men and women of our Armed Forces have sacrificed so much for the freedoms we enjoy. Helping them with basic necessities is the least we can do. We owe them so much more,” said Andy Rongaus, candidate for Common Pleas judge.

Community outreach is the mission of the RCCC Charis program and is reflected in our current slate of candidates who affirm the values of public service. Members have the opportunity to engage in worthy endeavors throughout Chester County all year long.

“I had the privilege to be a part of helping supply our local veterans at the Coatesville VA with clothing and supplies. It is important to keep these veterans in our hearts and thoughts for the great sacrifices that they have given to our country,” said Roy Kofroth, candidate for Chester County Sheriff.

This year, the RCCC is partnered with JDog Junk Removal & Hauling Western Main Line for the first time. JDog is veteran-owned and veteran-operated.


Chester County GOP Participates in Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

From a press release

The Republican Committee of Chester County marked the annual MLK Day of Service by participating in various events.  Members contributed to the annual food drives sponsored by St. Paul’s Baptist Church and Community Partners in West Chester as well as the Chester County Food Bank in Exton.

The national day of service theme  is “A Day On, Not A Day Off.”  Many have committed to a day of service through volunteerism in Chester County.

(From left) Judicial candidate Michael Taylor, Chester County GOP Chair Raffi Terzian, Commissioner candidate David Sommers and John DeSantis.

Dr. King remarked “Everybody can be great; because anybody can serve…”  There are various ways to recognize the day of service from food drives, to volunteerism, to education which promote the ideals of Dr. King.

“We are fortunate in Chester County to have so many opportunities to serve our community” said David Sommers, a Republican candidate for Chester County commissioner, while attending the hiring  and  employment skills event hosted by Charles A. Melton Center.