Board main­tains lead­er­ship

The Phoenix - - FRONT PAGE - By Michael P. Rel­la­han mrel­la­[email protected]­tu­ry­

For the Ch­ester County com­mis­sion­ers, it’s out with the old and in with the … well, the same cast of char­ac­ters, frankly.

On Mon­day, the three-mem­ber board an­nounced that there would be no changes in the or­ga­ni­za­tional struc­ture of the board lead­ing into the 2019 year, in which all the seats are up for elec­tion and each of the cur­rent mem­bers have an­nounced their in­ten­tion to run for re-elec­tion.

Repub­li­can Com­mis­sioner Michele Kich­line will re­main as chair­woman, while her Demo­cratic coun­ter­part, Kathi Coz­zone, will re­turn as vice chair­woman. Com­mis­sioner Ter­ence Far­rell, the board’s sec­ond Repub­li­can, rounds out the trio.

The un-re­or­ga­ni­za­tion, if you will, was con­ducted with­out com­ment from the com­mis­sion­ers.

Kich­line, Coz­zone and Far­rell will now all seek their party’s en­dorse­ment and nom­i­na­tion in the May pri­mary, ahead of the gen­eral elec­tion in Novem­ber that will see five other row of­fices up for elec­tion: dis­trict at­tor­ney, sher­iff, pro­thono­tary, recorder of deeds, and regis­ter of wills.

Kich­line and Far­rell are re­port­edly run­ning with­out op­po­si­tion for the GOP’s nom­i­na­tion, but Coz­zone will ap­par­ently be joined by three oth­ers in the quest for the Demo­cratic nom­i­na­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to Ch­ester County Demo­cratic Com­mit­tee Chair­man Richard Bing­ham, the oth­ers who have said they would like to se­cure the nom­i­na­tion are:

• Vir­ginia Ker­skale, a West White­land res­i­dent who is in­volved in the fight against the Mariner East pipe­line and who was cam­paign man­ager for state Rep. Daniell Friel Ot­ten, D-155th, of West White­land in her suc­cess­ful run against the Repub­li­can in­cum­bent for that seat, Becky Corbin;

• Down­ing­town Mayor Josh

Maxwell, who has run for state rep­re­sen­ta­tive in three pre­vi­ous elec­tions, most re­cently in a los­ing race for the Demo­crat’s nom­i­na­tion for the 74th Leg­isla­tive Dis­trict seat now held by Rep. Dan Wil­liams;

• Mar­ian Moskowitz, a Tredyf­frin busi­ness­woman and com­mu­nity ac­tivist who ran for the 157th Legsla­tive Dis­trict seat held by then-state Rep. War­ren Kampf in 2014.

Bing­ham said the com­mit­tee’s ex­ec­u­tive group would not en­dorse any of the four un­til after its nom­i­nat­ing con­ven­tion in late Jan­uary or mid-March.

“My view is that the ul­ti­mate de­ci­sion is made by the vot­ers,” he said Mon­day. “We’ll try to get an en­dorse­ment from our com­mit­tee mem­bers then, and will then in­form our vot­ers who we think is the bet­ter choice.”

It is the fourth time on the bal­lot for both Coz­zone and Far­rell, and the sec­ond for Kich­line.

Kich­line, of Tredyf­frin, has served on the board of com­mis­sion­ers since De­cem­ber 2014, when she was ap­pointed to fill the term pre­vi­ously held by Com­mis­sioner Ryan Costello.

Coz­zone, of Uwch­lan, was first elected in 2007, while Far­rell, of West Ch­ester, who had served as county recorder of deeds, was elected to the com­mis­sioner’s seat in that year as well.

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