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Public Corruption in Chester County, PA

I believe an unlikely mix of alleged drug trafficking related politicos and alleged white nationalist related politicos united to elect the infamous “Bloc of Four” in the abysmal voter turnout election of 2005. During their four year term the drug business was good again and white nationalists used Coatesville as an example on white supremacist websites like “Stormfront”. Strong community organization and support from law enforcement, in particular Chester County District Attorney Joseph W. Carroll has begun to turn our community around. The Chester County drug trafficking that I believe centers on Coatesville continues and I believe we still have public officials in place that profit from the drug sales. But the people here are amazing and continue to work against the odds to make Coatesville a good place to live.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009




The Coatesville Democrats are pleased to announce their endorsed slate of candidates for the 2009 city election. These citizens have stepped forward to bring transparency and a commitment to putting the city first.

Second Precinct: Ingrid Jones
As paralegal, a clerk for the Chester County Commissioners, an administrative assistant in the business world and as a civilian member of the state podiatry board, Ingrid Jones has the knowledge and the first hand experience to help restore the City of Coatesville. “Before we can have redevelopment and enjoy a renaissance in Coatesville, we need to reduce crime and we can do that by investing in our police department, our code enforcement department and by reinstituting the Bicycle Patrol and the Narcotics Division,” Ingrid said. “We must become good stewards of what the people trust us with and we must put our City’s business and financial departments in order.”

Fourth Precinct: Karl Marking
A long time Chester County resident, Karl lives in the Fourth Ward. He works for Deloitte as a Software Deployment Manager. Karl is active in community improvement and is currently helping steer a community garden program. "There will be no growth in business or population until the crime issues are resolved", says Marking. "I feel that we need greater transparency in all the city's dealings as well as a renewed commitment to our Police Department and officers.”
Visit Karl's website at:

At Large: Matt Baker
Matt Bakers and his wife reside in the 4th Ward. Matt earned a BS in Criminal Justice Administration from Delaware Valley College and a MS degree in Information Science from Penn State University. He is 39 years old and a software support consultant for SAP America in Newtown Square. “My goals as a councilman would be working with Council to create safer streets, expanded retail and development, lower taxes, and most important bring accountability back to City Hall,” says Baker. “This election is critical – this City cannot wait and let development bypass Coatesville.” Details of Matt's campaign available at

At Large: Joe Hamrick
Joe is a longtime resident of Coatesville. He is a combat veteran of the Marine Corp, and saw action in Vietnam. He has been active in our community with the Boy Scouts, the YMCA swim team, and Little League. He is a member of Concerned Citizens of Coatesville, and was president 2006.
Joe wants to lead in changing the perception of Coatesville, to improve the transparency of it's government, “As a grandfather I hope to see Coatesville’s children thrive in a safer, cleaner, and friendlier community. A community that is more welcoming to visitors, businesses and investors alike.”

Keith Gargus, Coatesville Democratic Committee

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