From a press release
On April 20, the Chester County Democratic Committee, under the leadership of Chairwoman Charlotte Valyo, welcomed member of the Democratic House Leadership Hakeem Jeffries to Chester County to present the keynote address at their annual Spring Event.
The evening also featured special guest Chester County’s own Congresswoman Chrissy Houlahan (D-Chester/Berks) and an appearance by Congressman Conor Lamb, who is running in the primary for the U.S. Senate.
Houlahan introduced her colleague Jeffries (D-NY), the Democratic House Caucus Chairman. She mentioned the need for the party to not give up any ground gained in historic trends since 2016, recognizing the “significant progress that Democrats have made at every level of government here in Chester County. That said, we cannot go backward and must continue to grow and fight for the Democratic majority.”
In a moving speech Jeffries gave a triumphant summary of significant accomplishments of the Biden administration, from a robust COVID vaccination program to economic stimulus and recovery, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, and more. He touched on the dangers our country faces with divisiveness, and the need for us “as a people, not just a party, to stand together to protect our Republic.”
Chairwoman Valyo summarized the evening: “We were so moved that, as a county party committee, we were able to come together to hear from such an amazing array of Democratic leaders. Our committee time and time again has stepped up to the call of service, and I am so grateful. We are looking forward to a critical election year when we are going to elect Josh Shapiro as our next Governor and elect a Pennsylvania Democrat to the US Senate; the stakes are just too high. We are also so thankful to have Hakeem Jeffries come here to Chester County to rally the troops and prepare us for this upcoming election season.”