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Dems Notes a quarterly newsletter



Winter 2023

Fall Candidates Honored

The Cumberland County Democratic Committee (CCDC) thanked Democrats who ran this fall for municipal and school-board positions on Dec. 6 at a reception held at the Appalachian Brewing Company in Mechanicsburg. While Democrats didn’t prevail in every race, Matt Roan, CCDC chair, said, “We celebrate the races you won and the races you ran. Democrats continue to make progress in Cumberland County.” Matt added, “Thank you for stepping forward to improve your community by running for office. Whether or not you won your race, the hard, and often thankless, work you put in as a candidate made a big difference.”
Among the reasons to celebrate were:
•  Our Democratic County Commissioner, Jean Foschi, was re-elected, earning more votes than one of the Republican candidates. We came close to electing two Democratic Commissioners.
• Democratic candidates swept races for the Carlisle Area School Board as well as the Carlisle and Camp Hill borough councils.
•  Democrats picked up two seats on the Mechanicsburg Area School Board.
• Two Democratic borough council candidates were elected in Lemoyne.
• Two Democratic candidates for Upper Allen Township commissioner defeated Republican incumbents.
 • New Cumberland elected a new Democratic mayor and a new Democratic borough council member.
• East Pennsboro re-elected its Democratic township commissioner and elected a new Democratic member of the school board.
• Lower Allen Township elected a new Democratic commissioner.
• South Middleton elected a new Democratic school board member.
• Shippensburg re-elected one Democratic borough council member and elected one new Democratic borough council member.
• Democrats were re-elected to borough council in Mechanicsburg and Wormleysburg.


Hello Friends,

From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU for overwhelmingly supporting my re-election.

It took about 37,400 volunteer hours over the last 38 weeks to fulfill our voter outreach goals across the county. With the help of over 100 volunteers, and financial contributions from many others, our hard work paid off in some really amazing ways. Because of you:

  • Enough votes were earned for me to finish in 2nd place
  • A whopping 8.777 more votes were cast for me in 2023 than 2019
  • In 113 out of 118 precincts, my margin of victory was greater than it was in 2019
  • 5.74% more voters had their voices heard than in 2019. That’s an incredible 10,788 more voters!

My day-to-day work as your commissioner will continue, and I will do my very best to be the steady, thoughtful leader that you need me to be. As I’ve mentioned many times, the overwhelming majority of the County’s job is to provide human services. If you or someone you know is in need, please don’t ever hesitate to reach out to me. You can find more info on the services that the county provides on our website.



PA State Committee Update

Pennsylvania Democrats from all 67 counties gathered in Harrisburg for the Winter State Committee Meeting, where they cast their votes to determine the Party’s endorsements for key statewide primary races in the upcoming 2024 election. These crucial endorsements pertained to candidates running for U.S. President, U.S. Senate, Auditor General, and Treasurer positions.

“I am pleased and proud that democracy was served yesterday in Pennsylvania. We had over 340 State Committee Members voting today. Those members overwhelmingly voted to endorse Malcolm Kenyatta for Auditor General. This shows that the Pennsylvania Democratic Party is embracing young candidates, diverse candidates, LGBTQ+ candidates. We embraced Ryan Bizzarro for Treasurer who comes from the opposite corner of the state. Both Malcolm and Ryan are proven legislators with a track record of leadership. We had a strong group of candidates for Attorney General although there was no endorsement. Critically, we unanimously endorsed President Joe Biden and Senator Bob Casey because it is imperative for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the United States as a whole that they both get reelected.” – Chairman Senator Sharif Street

To recap the Winter State Committee, visit PCNTV’s schedule: