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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Comitta is likely to be West Chester's new mayor

West Chester had a Philadelphia-style mayoral primary today. Two Democrats were running. No Republicans were running. And the borough's Republican leadership has said it is unlikely a Republican mayoral candidate will emerge between now and November.

Since Carolyn Comitta beat Bill Scott in the Democratic primary, she will, in all likelihood, be the next mayor.

Barring a quixotic, off-the-ballot run by Scott or a vicious recount.

Here are the unofficial returns.

Comitta: 515 votes, or 50.99 percent

Scott: 492 votes, or 48.71 percent

Now, the mystery result:

Republican write-in: 236, or 100 percent.

Both candidates said they would try to get Republicans to write them in, although only Comitta appears to have targeted campaign literature to Republicans (see last post).

I am extremely curious to know who these write-in candidates were. Will Carolyn end up on the Republican ballot too? Will Scott, a diehard Democrat, find that he is now running as a Republican?

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Tuesday, August 5, 2008

A podium to remember

After Barbara McIlvaine-Smith's press conference on Monday morning, former West Chester borough councilman Bill Scott pulled me aside.

"I have to tell you about this podium," he said.

It turns out that the podium McIlvaine-Smith used was the same one Barack Obama used when he visited Downingtown in April.

Yep. It wasn't exactly for sale, but Bill Scott convinced the Obama people to sell it to him.

"If Obama wins, I want you to do a story on this podium," he said.

OK. I will.

Turns out that back in the day Bill Scott had the chance to swipe a chair JFK sat in. But he didn't and has regretted it ever since.

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