Candidates May 16, 2017

PA Supreme Court – 3 seats

Judge Dwayne Woodruff

Facebook   Dwayne is a judge on the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. He was first elected to the court in 2005 and was retained in 2015. He graduated from the University of Louisville in 1979 and played defensive end for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He later earned his J.D. from Duquesne University School of Law in 1988. In 1997, Woodruff became a founding partner of the Woodruff, Flaherty & Fardo law firm. He also serves as the Pittsburgh co-chair for the National Campaign to Stop Violence’s “Do the Write Thing Challenge.”

Up for retention vote:
Chief Justice Thomas Saylor
Justice Debra Todd

PA Superior Court
Four open seats

William F. Caye II

After receiving his JD from Duquesne University in 1993, Bill worked as Assistant DA in Allegheny County and with other county prosecutors in the area prosecution and domestic abuse units. Bill became a Senior Trial Associate with the Gaydos firm before launching his own firm. In 2006, PA AG Tom Corbett appointed Bill to be a Deputy Attorney General prosecuting crimes against children to enforce internet safety.

Judge Deborah A. Kunselman

Endorsed by PA DEMS and CCDC. Deborah is a judge on the Beaver County Court of Common Pleas in Pennsylvania. She was elected in 2005 and was retained in 2015. She was the first female judge elected to the 36th district Court of Common Pleas. She earned her undergraduate degree from Pennsylvania State University in 1989 and her J.D. from Notre Dame Law School in 1992.


Judge Maria McLaughlin    
Endorsed by PA DEMS and CCDC  Maria is a judge on the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas in Pennsylvania. She was elected in 2011, and her term expires in January 2022. McLaughlin received her bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University in 1988 and her J.D. from Widener University School of Law in 1992.



Judge H. Geoffrey Moulton Jr. (incumbent, 2016 appointee) 

Endorsed by PA DEMS and CCDC   H. Geoffrey Moulton Jr. is a judge on the Pennsylvania Superior Court. He was appointed by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf in June 2016 and confirmed by the Pennsylvania State Senate on June 27, 2016. Moulton received his bachelor’s degree from Amherst College in 1980 and his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law in 1984.


Judge Carolyn Nichols

Endorsed by PA DEMS and CCDC  Carolyn is a judge on the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas in Pennsylvania. Prior to her election to the common pleas court in 2011, Nichols held a number of positions, including legislative assistant to former Philadelphia Councilwoman Augusta Clarke, assistant city solicitor, and deputy secretary of external affairs for the office of the mayor of Philadelphia.


PA Commonwealth Court – 2 open seats (2 incumbent appointees may run)

Rep. Bryan Barbin

Bryan is a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, representing District 71. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008. Bryan earned his B.A. in economics from the University of Richmond and his J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh Law School. His professional experience includes working as a law clerk for Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Henry X. O’Brien, as Partner at Gleason, McQullian, Barbin and Markovitz, as a Deputy Attorney General in the Tax/Finance Section for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and as counsel for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Timothy Barry. Web site.

Timothy has practiced municipal and public sector labor and employment law for 37 years. He has served as Solicitor for numerous municipalities and has advised many communities across the Commonwealth on labor law and relations. Mr. Barry is a 1975 graduate from the University of Pittsburgh, with a double major in Political Science and English, and a 1979 graduate from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.


Judge Ellen Ceisler  Web site.

Endorsed by CCDC  After graduating from Temple University Law School in 1986, Ellen served as a Philadelphia Assistant District Attorney, where she specialized in the prosecution of crimes of domestic violence. Ellen also worked as an investigative producer for CBS News in Philadelphia, where she produced investigative series on issues related to the mental health, foster care, and day care systems; government mismanagement and waste; consumer fraud; and abuses of the elderly and immigrants. From 1997-2005, Ellen served as Deputy Director and then Director of the Integrity and Accountability Office for the Philadelphia Police Department. In 2007, Ellen was elected to the Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia and spent her first six years in the Criminal Division presiding over major felony trials.

Irene McLaughlin Clark. Web site. Facebook

Irene served as a Municipal Court Judge in Pittsburgh for ten years before returning to private practice focusing on helping municipalities and organizations revitalize communities. Irene’s extensive background in housing and neighborhood revitalization led to her to being designated Housing Court Judge responsible for code enforcement cases. Since leaving the bench in 2003, Judge Clark’s legal career has centered on helping municipalities and organizations clean up and revitalize blighted and abandoned properties.

Judge Joe Cosgrove (2016 appointee) 

Endorsed by CCDC   Joseph M. Cosgrove is a judge on the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court. He was appointed to this court by Gov. Tom Wolf. Cosgrove previously served as judge on the Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas in Pennsylvania. Governor Ed Rendell  nominated Cosgrove to fill the remaining two years of Mark A. Ciavarella, Jr.’s term after Ciavarella resigned amid scandal. Cosgrove holds a master’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and one from Marywood University. He received his J.D. from Notre Dame Law School. In addition to his judicial experience, Cosgrove’s law practice strongly emphasized work before the appellate courts of Pennsylvania, including the Commonwealth Court. Zoning, municipal and election law, and civil and constitutional rights were all a part of Cosgrove’s practice.

Todd Eagan

Endorsed by PA DEMS  Todd received his undergraduate degree from Point Park University in Pittsburgh and his J.D. from Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law. In 2004, Todd joined the law firm of Welby, Stoltenberg, Cimballa & Cook, LLC, in the firm’s Harrisburg Office. After working in Harrisburg for a year, Todd opened the firm’s new Scranton office, where he has been serving as the managing partner since.


Chester County Clerk of Courts: Maria Crossan   
Endorsed by CCDC   Maria is founder, co-owner and business manager of Fidelis Engineering, Inc. in Glenmoore. She is a graduate of Villanova and West Chester University and a registered nurse. Her diverse background in business, clinic and community nursing, teaching and marketing will bring new efficiency and innovation to management of court records. As Business Manager of a veteran owned-business, Maria has valuable experience complying with government policies and procedures.

Chester County Controller: Margaret Reif

Endorsed by CCDC   Margaret is currently Controller for the Youth Mentoring Partnership based in Malvern. Organized and detail-oriented, she has extensive experience in bookkeeping, advertising, preparation of annual reports, tax information, 990/1099/non-profit compilation submissions, and filing insurance documentation.



Chester County Coroner: Christina VandePol    

Endorsed by CCDC Facebook   Website  Christina VandePol, M.D., a Chester County resident for more than 25 years, is board-certified in internal medicine and endocrinology. Christina attended Bryn Mawr College and the University of Penn School of Medicine, specializing in Endocrinology.  Since early 2015, Christina has taught courses in Human Anatomy and Physiology at Delaware County Community College (DCCC). In 1997, Christina founded EnPharma Consulting, providing physician services for clinical research and development projects. In addition to her Coroner duties, she will be a strong advocate for addressing the current opioid crisis in the county.

Chester County Treasurer: 
Patricia Maisano

Endorsed by CCDC   Facebook. Patricia is founder and CEO of IKOR International Inc., a rapidly growing Patient Advocacy and Professional Guardianship service focused on the disabled (mental and physical) and seniors. She is a long-time resident of Chester County, serving as board member fr the YMCA of Brandywine Valley and the Kennett Senior Center. Patricia will use her corporate experience to ensure the Office of the Treasurer maintains tight accounting controls and her ability to innovate to improve services.


School Director West Chester Area School District

Region 1

Joyce Chester

Notable achievements during current (and first) term on school Board)

  • Provided input determining positive outcomes for two teachers’ contracts
  • Input for Redistricting strategy and execution
  • Input for Regionalizing District for fair and equitable School Board Member representation

4th year as Chair of Pupil Services Committee

    • 4th year as member of Education Committee
    • Provided sound and prudent input to fiscal challenges facing the WCASD
  • President and CEO of Chester County OIC – 16 years with this non-profit organization
    • Adult literacy provider for Chester County
    • Youth employment provider for Chester County
  • 20 years of corporate experience, 10 years entrepreneurial experience, 19 years non-profit experience — includes 34 years of management experience
  • Graduate of Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research – Certification in Non-Profit Executive Leadership
  • Graduate of Immaculata University – BA in Organizational Dynamics
  • Lived locally 31 yrs.; 2 children, both products of West Chester Area School District
    • Oldest son obtained Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Widener University
    • Youngest son’s anticipated graduation from Kutztown University is December 2017.
  • Member of St. Paul’s Baptist Church in West Chester since 1988

Region 3

Chuck Linn

Chuck is a long-time resident of the West Chester School District with two children going through Henderson High School.  He graduated from the University of Delaware and later earned his MBA from Philadelphia University.  Chuck has worked for 30 years with Vanguard and will bring a strong financial experience background.  He has extensive experience in process improvement and efficiency.  His experience also includes managing financial regulations and leading teams to success.


West Goshen Township Supervisor:  2 open seats

Mary R LaSota

Website  Facebook  Mary R. LaSota, Esquire, is a practicing estate, trust, tax attorney with a L.LM in Taxation from Villanova University. She took her practice solo in 2013 and strives to integrate the latest business practices with the practice of law. She has worked in the legal field since 1998. She has a B.A. in Political Science and Government, a Minor in Criminal Justice, and an Associates in Paralegal Studies. She is an avid hiker, bouldering enthusiast and is currently studying wushu-kungfu. She will bring her knowledge of law and government, her passion for innovation, and her grit and determination with her to the Board of Supervisors of West Goshen Township.


Tom Casey

Website  Facebook  Tom has been actively engaged in the community for over 19 years. Along with his wife Maria of 25 years, they have raised two wonderful children. His background includes the IRS, advertising & graphic design, project management, construction, school bus driver, establishing a non-profit, grant writing, community organizing, and education of landowner rights. After graduating at the top of his class from Immaculata University in 2014 with a B.A. in Liberal Studies, an A.A. in Information Technology, and NHS recognition, Tom helped to form 3cCoalition Inc., a local non-profit that was dedicated to educating the public about property rights and safety concerns for the gas & oil industry.

Tom does not believe in special interests or special favors. Sound fiscal management, accountability to taxpayers, transparency, small government, community relations, constitution rights for free speech and landowner rights are just some of Tom’s beliefs of proper representation. His goal is to continue to serve ALL of West Goshen Township!

Robin Stuntebeck

Website  Facebook  Robin Stuntebeck is a financial and management executive with significant experience in business development and relationship management at the C-level, team building, financial and economic consulting, public policy analysis, and entrepreneurship.  She is currently a co-founder and the Executive Vice President of Doctor’s Best Immediate Medical Care, Inc., an independent urgent care facility located in Berwyn and West Chester, Pennsylvania.  She oversees the financial, marketing and human resources operations of the company and strategic planning of future locations.

Prior to Doctor’s Best, Robin was Managing Director of the Philadelphia office of Resources Global Professionals, a publicly-traded professional services company serving 2,100 clients in 66 countries.  She was the strategic leader responsible for driving revenue and service line growth in the regional Philadelphia market by building new and existing client relationships, and deploying experienced consultants to address clients’ objectives and goals.

From 1994 to 2005, Ms. Stuntebeck was a Director in the Dispute Analysis and Investigations practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she prepared expert witness damages analyses in multiple large or complex litigation matters.  Early in her career, she was a research analyst for a Washington, DC public policy consulting firm, where she analyzed the economic and financial impacts of a range of environmental matters including responses to the Montreal Protocols on chlorofluorocarbons, regulations and cleanup strategies for hazardous waste and Superfund sites, and spent a year working in London on the privatization of the British electrical grid.

Robin is a Trustee of The Women’s Law, a non-profit organization that seeks to create a more just and equitable society by advancing the rights and status of women through high-impact litigation, advocacy, and education.  She served as Treasurer and Chair of the Finance & Personnel Committee for 8 years.

Ms. Stuntebeck has a B.A. in economics from Wellesley College and an MBA in finance from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. She also studied at the London School of Economics and Political Science.