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Pennsylvania's Primary Election is May Jordan Norley has served on West Chester Borough Council as a member and as president and twice as interim mayor of the borough. He's now running for the position of West Chester Mayor.

He explained why he is running for election.

Jordan Norley

Age: 41

Position Sought: West Chester Borough Mayor

Party Affiliation: Democrat

Family: Wife Rani; Two kids; Asha, 5, and Dylan, 2. One dog; Chester; Two rescue cats, Buster and Pearl

Does anyone in your family work in politics or government?: No

Education: Bachelor of Science in Management Science and Information Systems, Penn State University,

Occupation: Co-founder of The Plan Advocate, Financial Advisor with Independence Square Advisors, helping families, individuals and business owners make informed financial decisions

Previous or Current Elected or Appointed Office: Interim Mayor of West Chester, (Present); Interim Mayor of West Chester, , West Chester Borough Council President , West Chester Borough Council

Why are you seeking elective office?: As a dedicated public servant for over six years, it is my calling to give back to the community I love. Members of our West Chester community are actively working towards so many amazing initiatives — from the re-establishment of rail service from Philly to West Chester, to renewable energy, to the West Chester Police Department Diversity Task Force, to financial security practices. We need a community leader with experience, vision, and action to shepherd these projects over the finish line. I am ready to meet this moment.

The single most pressing issue facing our borough is: When thinking about the issues close to West Chester residents' hearts — Quality of Life, Financial Security, and Sustainability — one project helps improve all three of these issues: Re-Establishment of a Rail Service from Philly to West Chester. The Rail Service would dramatically improve efficiency of public transit in our Borough, offering a direct way to solve traffic congestion in town by diverting vehicle traffic that would otherwise be coming in and out of Philadelphia.
The Rail Service, connecting to the Media-Elwyn line, would provide a boom for West Chester businesses and rapidly advance employment opportunities. The rail service would also address environmental sustainability as a much greener route for transportation than individual car ownership.

What are the critical differences between you and the other candidates seeking this post?: I have over six years of public service experience, serving on West Chester Borough Council and as Interim Mayor this year and previously in In these roles, I have utilized my collaboration and leadership skills, serving as Chair of the Public Safety Committee, Chair of the Finance and Revenue Committee, and spearheading the Committee to Re-Establish Rail Service to West Chester.
Part of what I think makes me an effective leader is my ability to get things done. If we are fully committed to what we say then we must prove it in action. We must be willing to fight for our rights to local self-governance, clean air, clear water, clean energy, and a sustainable future.

Describe the other issues that define your campaign platform: I am focused on achievable, workable solutions to the issues facing West Chester families. With three new Borough Council members and a new borough manager coming up in the new year, being able to support, mentor, and collaborate with them through my experience will be essential. We have gone through a lot of changes in the last year, and what our community needs most at this time is continuity of leadership — and thus the continuation of important initiatives.
On the financial security end, this includes ensuring that the $ million of Pandemic Relief funds West Chester is receiving is efficiently dispersed to help best in mitigation of the pandemic-related financial issues faced by the borough and its residents. On sustainability, this includes keeping true to our timeline to achieve percent renewable electric energy by and collaborating with our strong environmental community members who are driving initiatives at a local level for clean air, clear water, and sustainable food.
On the policing side, this includes working with our community and police to build trust, fairness, and legitimacy, and to hire a more diverse force while addressing any systemic racial bias.

What accomplishments in your past would you cite as evidence you can handle this job?: I cite my experience in public service. As Chair of the Public Service Committee, I initiated the paid neighborhood watch program, which was funded completely by West Chester University, and they worked to keep our town peaceful. As Borough Council President, I spearheaded the Committee to Re-Establish Rail Service to West Chester. On Borough Council, I actively worked to NOT raise taxes on residents, and instead focused on managing Borough expenses. I negotiated police contracts, and I have held landlords accountable

The best advice ever shared with me was: A society grows great when old men plant trees in whose shade they know they shall never sit. -Greek Proverb

What else would you like voters to know about yourself and your positions?: I love West Chester. It has been my home for decades now. It is where I am raising my family, and where I started my business. For the last decade, I have spearheaded real action on key issues that matter to the families of West Chester. Running for mayor is my way to give back to our community. I want to continue hearing what you, the residents of West Chester, have to say.

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West Chester, Pennsylvania

Borough in Pennsylvania, United States

West Chester, Pennsylvania

From top left: (1) West Chester Downtown Historic District, (2) Buckwalter Building, (3) West Chester University of Pennsylvania, (4) Chester County Courthouse, and (5) Farmers and Mechanics Building

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West Chester is a borough and the county seat of Chester County, in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania.[3] Located within the Philadelphia metropolitan area, the borough had a population of 18, at the census.[4] West Chester is the mailing address for most of its neighboring townships. When calculated by mailing address, the population as of the US Census was ,, which would make it the 10th largest city by mailing address in the state of Pennsylvania.[5]

Much of the West Chester University of Pennsylvania North Campus and the Chester County government are located within the borough. The center of town is located at the intersection of Market and High Streets.


Main article: History of West Chester, Pennsylvania

The area was originally known as Turk's Head—after the inn of the same name located in what is now the center of the borough.[6] West Chester has been the seat of government in Chester County since when the seat was moved from nearby Chester in what is now Delaware County. The borough was incorporated in [7] In the heart of town is its courthouse, a classical revival building designed in the s by Thomas U. Walter, one of the architects for the Capitol in Washington, D.C.[8] In the 18th century West Chester was a center of clockmaking. In the late 19th century the Hoopes, Bro. and Darlington company became a major wheelworks, first for wagons and later automobiles.[9][10] In the early 20th century, an important industry was the Sharples cream separator company.[11] In the late 20th century, Commodore International, one of the pioneers of home computers, giving its headquarters as West Chester, was located approximately a mile northeast of the borough.[citation needed]

The West Chester Downtown Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Other listed buildings are the Bank of Chester County, Buckwalter Building, Butler House, Chester County Courthouse, William Everhart Buildings, Farmers and Mechanics Building, First Presbyterian Church of West Chester, New Century Clubhouse, Joseph Rothrock House, Sharples Homestead, Sharples Separator Works, Warner Theater, West Chester Boarding School for Boys, and the components of the West Chester State College Quadrangle Historic District.[12]


Gay Street in downtown West Chester

West Goshen Township borders West Chester to the north, south, and east, while East Bradford Township borders West Chester to the west. The borough straddles the Brandywine Creek and Chester Creek watersheds.[13] It is located 25 miles (40&#;km) west of Philadelphia and 17 miles (27&#;km) north of Wilmington, Delaware.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of square miles (5&#;km2), all of it land.


As with much of eastern Pennsylvania east of the Appalachian mountains, West Chester lies in the transition zone between the humid continental (Köppen: Dfa) and humid subtropical (Köppen: Cfa) climate zones, with generally more characteristics of the former than the latter.[14] Summers are hot and humid and winters are cold but variable. Annual high temperatures average between &#;°F (&#;°C) and &#;°F (&#;°C), annual low temperatures average between &#;°F (−&#;°C) and &#;°F (&#;°C), with the record high being &#;°F (41&#;°C), and record low being −16&#;°F (−27&#;°C).[15]

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Climate data for West Chester, Pennsylvania
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Average precipitation mm (inches) 89





Average snowfall cm (inches) 18








Source: Weatherbase


Historical population
Old Chester County Courthouse. The new Chester County Justice Center is located at West Market St. and North Darlington St.

At the census, the borough was % non-Hispanic White, % Black or African American, % Native American, % Asian, and % was of two or more races. About % of the population was of Hispanic or Latino ancestry.[21]

As of the census[18] of , 17, people, 6, households, and 2, families resided in the borough. The population density was 9, people per square mile (3,/km2). The 6, housing units averaged 3, per square mile (1,/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was % White, % Black, % from other races, % Asian, % Native American, % Pacific Islander, and % from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were %.

Of the 6, households, % had children under the age of 18 living in them, % were married couples living together, % had a female householder with no husband present, and % were not families. About % of all households were made up of individuals, and % had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was and the average family size was

In the borough the population was spread out, with % under the age of 18, % from 18 to 24, % from 25 to 44, % from 45 to 64, and % who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 25 years. For every females, there were males. For every females age 18 and over, there were males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $37,, and for a family was $51, Males had a median income of $35,, versus $30, for females. The per capita income for the borough was $19, About % of families and % of the population were below the poverty line, including % of those under age 18 and % of those age 65 or over.


Corporate headquarters include:

QVC has its headquarters and television studios in West Goshen Township,[23][24] near West Chester. It is located in the same buildings that were once the corporate headquarters of Commodore International. Electronics Boutique, when it existed as an independent company, had its headquarters in West Goshen Township,[25][26] in proximity to West Chester.[24][27]

Among the major shopping centers in the area is Bradford Plaza, a acre property with a ,square-ft center which sold in to New York Life for $ million.[28]

Culture and media[edit]

The West Chester Public Library has provided library services to area residents since It currently has a collection of 50, items and receives , visits every year.[29] The Francis Harvey Green Library on the university campus has additional collections.[30]

The Daily Local News, headquartered in West Chester, covers Chester County events.[31]WCHE ( AM) broadcasts from downtown West Chester and is a local commercial radio station that provides news and entertainment to Chester County. The Quad is the student-run newspaper of West Chester University. Beginning in , it covers not only campus events, but also regional and national news.[32] Radio station WCUR ( FM) broadcasts from the borough and is managed by university students.[33]

Notable people[edit]

Main article: List of people from West Chester, Pennsylvania


West Chester Transportation Center

The main east-west road to West Chester is West Chester Pike, which begins in Upper Darby, Delaware County, just outside Philadelphia, and is part of Pennsylvania Route 3 (PA 3).[34] The West Chester Pike originally existed as a private turnpike connecting Philadelphia and West Chester between and , when it became a public road.[35] In West Chester, PA 3 follows Market Street eastbound and Gay Street westbound. The main north-south road in West Chester is High Street. To the north of town, the road is known as Pottstown Pike, which connects to PA near Exton (PA formerly ran through town). To the south of town, the road is known as Wilmington-West Chester Pike (US and US ). US and US both bypass the center of West Chester on the limited-access West Chester Bypass, with US heading northeast to King of Prussia and south to Wilmington, Delaware and US heading northwest to Downingtown and southeast to Chester. US Business passes through West Chester along Hannum Avenue, Chestnut and Market streets, and South High Street. Other state routes serving West Chester include PA and PA , which head west towards Unionville, and PA 52, which heads southwest towards Kennett Square.[34]

West Chester is home to the West Chester Transportation Center, which serves as a parking garage for the Chester County Justice Center and a bus terminal, which is located on the lower level of the facility. Three of SEPTA's Suburban Division bus routes serve West Chester. The Route 92 bus connects West Chester to the King of Prussia Transit Center, the Route bus runs between West Chester University and the 69th Street Transportation Center, mostly following West Chester Pike, and the Route bus connects West Chester to Exton, Downingtown, and Coatesville.[36] The Route bus replaced a trolley service that connected West Chester to Philadelphia along the West Chester Pike between and the s.[35] West Chester is also served by the Transportation Management Association of Chester County's SCCOOT, which provides service to Kennett Square and Oxford.[36]

Until September , West Chester was served by SEPTA's R3 commuter rail line, then known as the Media/West Chester line. Service on the line was discontinued because of poor track conditions west of the Elwyn station. At the time, SEPTA had limited funds for the necessary repairs and offered Chester County the option of either improving the rail line or expanding parking availability at the nearby Exton station on SEPTA's Paoli/Thorndale Line. The county opted for the latter, and service on the line was cut back to its current terminus of Elwyn. The rail line into West Chester is used by the West Chester Railroad, a heritage railroad.[citation needed]

The oldest continuously running cab company in the area is Rainbow Cab and Limousine, which offers an 85% discount for seniors; it has been in operation since under a variety of names.[citation needed]

In popular culture[edit]

  • Many of the skits on the MTV television series Jackass, and later Jackass: The Movie, were filmed in and around the borough, primarily those featuring Bam Margera and the CKY Crew. The spin-off shows Viva La Bam and Bam's Unholy Union were filmed almost entirely in the area, as was the movie Haggard and the CKY videos.
  • A documentary, Our Lady Of Victory, later released as The Mighty Macs, filmed many scenes in and around West Chester, including Jimmy Johns, and the Armory Building.
  • Marley & Me, starring Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson, filmed scenes in West Chester in [37]
  • In Funny or Die's first feature film iSteve, a parody of the life of Steve Jobs, one of the villains is Commodore International, based in West Chester. This fact is prominently displayed several times in the film.


See also: Chester County Courthouse (Pennsylvania)

The borough is governed by the town council form of government. Led by the Borough Manager, there are seven council members, each representing one of the seven voting wards. The council controls all departments except the Police Department (the Mayor directs Police Department activities through the Chief of Police). The mayor and council members are directly elected by borough voters. On January , Carolyn Comitta took office as the borough's 58th Mayor. In succeeding the term-limited incumbent, Republican Dick Yoder,[38] Comitta became West Chester's first ever female Mayor, and the first Democrat to hold the office since [39] Upon Comitta's election to the State Legislature, Councilman Jordan Norley (D) was sworn in as the interim Mayor of West Chester. Dianne Herrin was elected mayor in November and served from January 2, until February 20, [40] Norley was re-appointed interim mayor to succeed Herrin.[41]


Public schools[edit]

The West Chester Area School District, an independent entity, manages the area's public school system. All of the secondary schools operated by the district serve sections of West Chester borough: they are three high schools (Henderson High School, West Chester East High School, Rustin High School) and three middle schools (E.N. Peirce Middle School, J.R. Fugett Middle School, G.A. Stetson Middle School).[42]

Elementary schools serving sections of West Chester borough include: East Bradford, East Goshen, Exton, Fern Hill, Glen Acres, Hillsdale, Mary C. Howes, Penn Wood, Sarah Starkweather, and Westtown-Thornbury. Under some zoning proposals circa , Exton, Glen Acres, Howes, and Penn Wood would no longer serve portions of West Chester borough.[43]

Private schools[edit]

St. Agnes School, a K-8 school of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia is in the borough limits. It opened in As of [update] its enrollment is over [44]

There are other Catholic K-8 schools with West Chester postal addresses:

Colleges and universities[edit]

Much of West Chester University's North Campus is located in the borough, south of the commercial and retail center.[50]


West Chester has a variety of places to visit, including restaurants, shops, parks, and historical sites. Some popular tourist attractions include the Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center, Chester County Historical Society, the American Helicopter Museum, the West Chester Railroad, Brandywine Picnic Park, and QVC studio tours.[1] People can also explore Downtown West Chester, which features a selection of dining and retail options along with historical buildings. [2]


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WEST CHESTER—Businessman Eric Lorgus seeks to become the borough’s next mayor.

The president of Great Valley Industries works with wholesale industrial supplies and is running as an Independent candidate. In the past, the former borough councilman has registered as both a Democrat and Republican.

Lorgus, 70, is running against Democrat and Funeral Director Lillian DeBaptiste and Libertarian candidate Beth Ann Rosica on the November ballot.

The Henderson High School graduate and former Drexel University student serves on the board of the Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center, the West Chester Financial Advisory Committee and the West Chester Historical Commission. A few years ago, he was a key player with Barclay Grounds Preservation Alliance, which successfully raised the money to save the land from development and turn it into a borough park.

He is past president of the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Chester County Conference & Visitors Bureau and was one of original organizers of the first Old Fashioned Christmas Parade.

“Twenty-seven years ago I took over Great Valley Industries, a near-bankrupt wholesaler of industrial, marine and fleet supplies,” Lorgus said. “With a lot of hard work and resourcefulness, I was able to turn it around.”

Lorgus enjoys traveling in his RV, sailing, architecture and antique cars. He owns a Dodge Brothers Touring Car which he drives every year in the Christmas parade.

The candidate and businessman said he is ready to take over as mayor on Day One.

“Specifically, as mayor I will see that the Home Rule Charter is followed,” he said.  “The increase in the Earned Income Tax violated the tax limits in Section 8.

“I want council to put an amendment on the ballot to remove those tax limits or to repeal the increase. Tax limits were a hot topic when the charter was being written, and I am sure the majority of West Chester voters would vote to keep them. Besides, the EIT increase was dedicated solely to bringing the pension plans up to 85 percent funding, which they now are.”

“Also, I will continue to work to improve the borough’s internal accounting to match how its audit reports are prepared,” Lorgus said. “Rarely do the end of year surpluses reported internally match the audit report.

“I will also urge council to put a financial report on the agenda of full council meetings. Right now, only the Finance Committee meets with the administration to review the monthly reports. I have never served on a board that didn’t include a financial report as part of the meeting.  All of council should get a monthly briefing on its financial performance.”

Like most past mayors, Lorgus said he will work to improve student-resident relationships.

“From listening to residents as I go door to door, I have heard repeated comments that relations between the town and the university should be better,” he said. “As mayor, I will make improving those relations a top priority.

“I also support the latest proposal to create a borough Community Campus Coalition Committee.”

The parks are an important part of West Chester.

“I have also heard comments about park maintenance, especially the trees,” Lorgus said. “The borough has a tremendous park system which should not be neglected.

“I will be an advocate for the parks and trees of West Chester.”

Reconnecting West Chester to Philadelphia by rail has  become a major topic of discussion.

“During the debate about restoring SEPTA rail service to West Chester, the existing tourist railroad got little attention,” he said. “It deserves more.

“This all-volunteer non-profit has done amazing work to maintain the tracks and run a railroad that attracted 15,plus visitors annually (before the pandemic), placing it in the upper tier of things that draw visitors to West Chester.&#;

As mayor, Lorgus said he would work to improve communications with residents and businesses.

“There used to be a quarterly newsletter,” he said. “I will advocate resuming that as well as using all available media conduits to keep all stakeholders informed on borough issues and decisions.

“You would be surprised at how many people don’t know what the Stream Protection Fee is for.”

Lorgus favors using streets, sidewalks and parking lots for more than just cars and pedestrians.

“The Growers Market has become enormously popular and now, too, open air dining on Gay Street,” he said. “I support these and other ideas that create win-win situations for our businesses, residents, and visitors.”

Lorgus is campaigning on his experience.

“In my case, I bring more than just my commitment to the town and its organizations,” he said. “I bring a deep understanding of borough government from my four years on council and my service as an elected member of the West Chester Government Study Commission, which wrote the borough’s Home Rule Charter.

“I currently serve on two borough committees – the Financial Advisory Committee and the Historical Commission. I have good working relationships with members of council and the borough administration.

“What I will do, if elected, is continue my longstanding devotion to my home town in making it a better and safe place to live.”

Sours: https://www.dailylocal.com//09/08/lorgus-runs-for-west-chester-mayor
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WEST CHESTER, PA — West Chester Borough Mayor Dianne Herrin will formally leave the office of mayor on Feb. 18 and chose this date in order to allow her position to be filled by appointment.

In the November election, Herrin was elected to serve as Pennsylvania State Representative for the th District, which includes West Chester Borough, East Goshen, parts of West Goshen, Westtown, Birmingham, and Thornbury townships. She won over Republican Len Iacona.

"I am very excited to be serving you in this new role," Herrin said in a statement this week. "I am still serving as the mayor of West Chester, and my plan is to leave the office of the mayor on Feb. 18, "

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Herrin explained why she ran for the state representative position. "Throughout my experience as mayor, I came to understand that public service is where I belong. It is challenging, and it is sometimes downright hard. Yet, it is a place where one can truly make a difference. I am honored to continue working for the people of the greater West Chester area in this expanded capacity."

After winning in November, she was sworn in on Jan. 5 and since then has held both offices. She said she has continued in both roles in order to support West Chester's new police chief in an understaffed department.

"I decided to serve temporarily in both roles — mayor and state representative — for one reason: I had unfinished business. I made a promise to the West Chester Borough residents when I took my oath as mayor, and I felt a deep and personal obligation to fulfill this promise. This included restaffing our understaffed police department so we can maintain our excellent level of public safety. In my view, there is nothing more important than public safety when it comes to municipal services. I made a promise to our new Police Chief I would not leave him so desperately understaffed during these times of crisis and challenge – and I meant it."

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In the past few months, the West Chester Borough Police Department has hired four new officers. Herrin said she hopes to present the borough council will one more candidate for the department to replace recently retired Det. Corp. Scott Whiteside. She expects to do so at the Feb. 17 council meeting.

Herrin explained she will officially vacate the office of mayor on Feb. 18 in order to "give the people of West Chester Borough the most influence over the process."

According to the borough's code, an Interim Mayor must be elected or appointed to serve out my term through the end of The process depends on the date Herrin vacates the office, she explained.

"If I were to vacate the Office of Mayor before Feb. 17, this would trigger a special election in May for Interim Mayor. After this date, Borough Council is required to appoint the Interim Mayor."

She further explained, "On the surface, it may appear a special election is the most democratic process; however, it is not. In the special election, the voters do not decide the candidate. The political party does. That is, the 15 West Chester Borough Democratic committee people would choose one Democratic candidate to be on the ballot, and the three West Chester Borough Republican committee people would hand-pick a Republican candidate. Given the voting history of the borough, the Democratic candidate would be the likely winner."

Herrin said that the appointment process, instead, "creates opportunity for any Borough resident to apply for the Interim Mayor position regardless of political affiliation. The appointment process also gives all residents the opportunity to participate in the selection and interview process and to make their voices heard to their duly-elected Borough Council representatives. Our Borough Council representatives have been chosen by all Borough voters to represent them, and it is their duty to listen to their constituents. The appointment process is clearly more transparent and inclusive."

"Incidentally, if there were to be a special election for Interim Mayor, Borough Council would still be required to appoint an Interim Mayor to serve from mid-February until the May special election date. This creates potential for three different individuals to serve as Mayor over the course of 11 months. This would be highly disruptive to the WCPD and would severely limit the ability of any one of these individuals to effectively serve," said Herrin.

Herrin added, "It has been my sincere honor and pleasure to have served as your Mayor.
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Mayor west chester pa

Dianne Herrin

American politician

Dianne Herrin

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Assumed office
Preceded byCarolyn Comitta
In office
January&#;2,&#;&#;()&#;– February&#;20,&#;&#;()
Preceded byJordan Norley
Succeeded byJordan Norley
Born () November 8, (age&#;59)
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Stan Herrin
EducationWidener University(BA)
Occupationpolitician, consultant, inventor

Dianne Taylor Herrin is an American politician and energy efficiency consultant. A Democrat, she is currently a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives representing the th district. She previously served as Mayor of West Chester, the seat of Chester County, Pennsylvania.

Early life and education[edit]

Herrin earned a BA in English from Widener University. She is LEED AP certified by the U.S. Green Building Council as well as a Certified Energy Manager, with an Energy Master Planning Certificate from the American Association of Energy Engineers.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Herrin served as Vice President and partner at Practical Energy Solutions, where she worked for 12 years beginning in Previously, she worked for Synthes managing prototype development, and afterward formed her own company, Herrin Communications, to work with businesses in the medical device, managed care and pharmaceutical industries.[1]

In , Herrin invented the Adjustable Clamp for Bone Fixation Element with Michael Mazzio and Beat Schenk for Synthes, it was approved in [2]

Political career[edit]


Before holding elected office, Herrin had been involved in the West Chester community since , focusing on environmental issues. In she founded West Chester Borough Leaders United for Emissions Reduction (BLUER) which became the West Chester Borough Sustainability Advisory Committee in , of which she was chair.[1]

Mayor of West Chester[edit]

Herrin sought office of Borough Mayor in , she won the Democratic Primary with 61% of the vote, defeating Cassandra Jones (23%) and Kyle Hudson (15%). Herrin was the only candidate endorsed by the Sierra Club.[3] In the general election she defeated Tommy Ciccarone Jr., the Republican candidate, with % of the vote.[4]

Herrin was sworn in as mayor on January 2, [5] In , she supported a ban on single-use plastics, which was passed by the Borough Council.[6] On October 2, , she declared a state of emergency in response to the COVID pandemic, limiting gatherings to 10 people. The order was subsequently amended to a limit of 25 people with a permit.[7]

Herrin resigned the mayorship on February 20, after being elected State Representative. She was succeeded by Jordan Norley, who previously served as interim mayor after Carolyn Comitta, Herrin's predecessor as both Mayor and State Representative.[8]

Pennsylvania House of Representatives[edit]

In June , State Representative (and former West Chester mayor) Carolyn Comitta withdrew her re-election bid for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives's th district after having won the Democratic primary for the Pennsylvania State Senate's 19th district.[9] Democrats selected Herrin to replace Comitta in the general election.[10] She defeated Republican challenger Len Iacono in the general election, receiving 55% of the vote.[11]

Electoral history[edit]

Pennsylvania's th Legislative District election,

Personal life[edit]

Herrin met her husband, Stan Herrin, in , while they worked editing trade magazines for Chilton Company in Radnor, Pennsylvania. The pair married in [12]


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  2. ^"Patent USA - Adjustable Clamp for Bone Fixation Element". Google Patents. Retrieved January 3,
  3. ^Rettew, Bill (May 17, ). "Dianne Herrin wins Democratic Primary for West Chester mayor". Daily Local News. Retrieved January 2,
  4. ^Heinze, Justin (November 8, ). "Election Results: Dianne Herrin Wins West Chester Mayor's Race". Patch.com. Retrieved January 2,
  5. ^Rettew, Bill (January 4, ). "Dianne Herrin was sworn in as new mayor of West Chester". Daily Local News. Retrieved November 14,
  6. ^Vella, Vinny (August 4, ). "Defying the state on plastic-bag ban". The Philadelphia Inquirer. p.&#;B1. Retrieved November 14, &#; via Newspapers.com.
  7. ^Rettew, Bill (October 23, ). "West Chester passes mask-wearing and gathering-size ordinance". Daily Local News. Retrieved November 14,
  8. ^Bickerstaffe, Emma (). "West Chester Mayor Herrin steps down, appointed mayor steps up". The Quad. Retrieved
  9. ^Rellahan, Michael (June 16, ). "Five seek to replace Rep. Comitta on ballot". Daily Local News. Retrieved
  10. ^McGann, Mike (June 24, ). "Herrin overwhelming choice for State Rep. to replace Comitta on ballot". The Times of Chester County. Retrieved November 14,
  11. ^Rettew, Bill (November 19, ). "Diane Herrin is projected winner in th House District". Daily Local News. Retrieved
  12. ^Kadaba, Lini (February 8, ). "Cupid on the job". The Philadelphia Inquirer. p.&#;G4. Retrieved November 14, &#; via Newspapers.com.
Sours: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dianne_Herrin
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