MediaNews Group Mar 20, 2019
WEST CHESTER — Republican Chester County Commissioners Michelle Kichline and Terence Farrell announced their re-election campaign by making three stops in the county and talking to supporters about Chester County government’s excellent record.
“Just last week,” said Chester County Republican Chairman Rick Loughery, “Chester County was named the most prosperous place to live in Pennsylvania by the Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution. Chester County is consistently listed as one of the best places to live, work and raise a family in the entire country. The leadership of Commissioners Michelle Kichline and Terence Farrell is a big reason for our county’s success.”
The Commissioners’ tour included stops at Conestoga High School, Lionville Fire Company and at the Miss Oxford Diner.
During the stop at Conestoga High School, the commissioners pointed out the county’s schools are some of the best in Pennsylvania. They also discussed the improvements being made to the rail system in the Paoli area. The commissioners were joined by student supporters from the high school’s Young Republican club.
“We began the day in Commissioner Kichline’s backyard,” Terence Farrell said. “A graduate of Conestoga High School, Michelle lives down the street and has been active in the community for many years. Michelle has such a compelling story of her own. She is the daughter of immigrant parents and actively supports those who are new to our country. Raising her own family here, Michelle’s dedication to community values helps to make Chester County a wonderful place.”
During the stop at Lionville Fire Company, Kichline and Farrell pointed out Chester County government has spent in excess of $100 million on public safety projects, including the Public Safety Training facility and the county’s emergency radio network.
Commissioner Farrell said keeping the public safe is a priority for the commissioners. The 911 radio system is a vital component for first responders and must be in working condition every second of every day. While at the fire company, the commissioners lauded the work done by the firefighters, EMT personnel and our local law enforcement. They recognized the sacrifices that our first responders make to keep our communities safe.
Commissioner Kichline also noted the county’s legal action against the Sunoco pipeline due to serious public safety concerns. For more than two years, the County Commissioners have been demanding crucial pipeline emergency safety information and procedures from Sunoco. Those requests have not been satisfied, so the County Commissioners have taken legal action.
Kichline and Farrell also took the opportunity to talk about the opioid crisis gripping not only Chester County but the country and the fact first responders have to deal with this plague. The county has sued opioid manufacturers in an effort to stop the flood of deadly drugs into our communities. Also, to fight the Opioid crisis more than $100,000 has been raised by the commissioners in recent years for an innovative effort that ensures opioid overdose survivors are connected to treatment programs.
The final stop of the day was in Oxford where Farrell and Kichline pointed to the improved business climate in the borough. County government has invested millions of dollars in the revitalization of the county’s boroughs and the City of Coatesville, and Oxford’s revitalization is proof that taxpayers are receiving a great return on its investments.
Kichline and Farrell took the opportunity during the stop in Oxford to point out Chester County is a leader in farm and open space preservation. Recently, the county protected its 500th farm from development and secured 80 additional acres for the county’s nearby Nottingham Park. More than 28% of the county is now protected open space, parks and preserved farm land.
“Good government is one of the main reasons Chester County is the best county in the nation,” Chairman Loughery said. “Our citizens receive great value for every tax dollar spent and our Commissioners’ efforts to help our community’s most vulnerable residents is extensive and responsible. For the preservation of our quality of life, our children’s future and the county’s vibrancy, Michelle Kichline and Terence Farrell are the leaders we need for Chester County.”