Murphy named new director for Chesco Emergency Services

Michael Murphy, Jr. The Chester County Commissioners today announce the appointment of Michael Murphy, Jr. as Director of the Department of Emergency Services. Murphy was formerly Platoon Leader for the County’s 9-1-1 operations. “The safety of Chester County residents is one of our top priorities and our Director of Emergency Services plays a pivotal role in ensuring that safety,” said Chester...

Obituaries: John H. Cameron, Jr

John H. Cameron, Jr John H. Cameron, Jr, age 55, of Kennett Square, PA died suddenly at home Sunday, October 28, 2018. He was the beloved husband of Karen Kayatta Cameron with whom he shared 20 years of marriage. He was the loving son of Marilyn “Bunny” Murphy Cameron of Oxford, PA and John H. Cameron, Sr. and his wife, Glenda, of Palm City, FL.

Comey firing raises the stakes for 2018 elections

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Just when the healthcare mess seemed ready to drown our local Congressvictims in a Jonestown Flood like deluge, President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James B. Comey, Tuesday, swooped in and saved them by changing the subject. And by saving them, I mean sparing them from a looming electoral firing squad by hitting them with a flaming asteroid. While Pennsylvania’s...

Letter: Rep. Lewis touts his record

To the Editor, As the state representative for the 74th district, it has been my honor to fight in Harrisburg for taxpayers.  For the second year in a row, I joined a bipartisan coalition in Harrisburg against excessive income and sales tax hikes that would have penalized hard-working Pennsylvanians.  Democrats and Republicans voted together to hold the line on taxes, while funding our schools...

Young wants to fight for the American Dream

Says he worries opportunity is slipping away By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Joshua Young In the end, for Joshua Young, it’s about preserving that basic American Dream: starting with almost nothing and working one’s way into prosperity. Sitting outside the example of the auto service facility owned by his family he manages, Young, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for State Representative...

Maxwell puts focus on educational opportunities

74th district candidate wants better funding, better ideas for students By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Josh Maxwell When you ask Josh Maxwell why, for a second time, he’s decided to run for State Representative, it comes down to a couple of words: public education. The Downingtown native is among two Democrats — he is running against Caln Commissioner Joshua Young — seeking the nomination...

Democrats step up in legislative races

GOP faces opposition in all but two races in Nov. elections By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Petition season is over, and unless there are some write-in candidates, we know who will appear on the May primary ballots. And, although I took the Democrats to task for seeming to have a shortage of candidates, they’ve managed to challenge all but two legislative races in Chester County. Yes, there...

Do petition numbers really matter?

As campaigns trumpet numbers, do they tell us anything? By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Well, they’re everywhere. Media announcements about the number of signatures a given candidate has gotten to get on the ballot as if it means something. For those who don’t know, political candidates must collect signatures from registered voters in their district — they must be of the same political...

Ellison is out and so is the Tea Party

One — the former Democratic power-broker — knows he’s done, the other is oblivious By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times As we head into the holiday season — and hopefully, a couple of weeks of relative quiet — a few notes and thoughts on local political stuff and other news items. Maybe the topline item this morning is that James Ellison is out at Rhoads & Sinon — meaning he will...

Political news and notes: 2014 legislative races kicking off

Final write-in results show poor turnout, participation in 2013 By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times The political news cycle never seems to end these days, on the heels of the final write-in election results being posted Friday, we have a batch of new candidate announcements or pending announcements in 2014 state legislative races — and even, it seems — an early hint about a 2016 race. First...