!!!VandePol for Coroner Makes Headlines on Election Day 2017!!!
dailylocal.com, November 7, 2017
“The returns were overwhelming in Democratic precincts in areas such as West Chester — where the margin of victory was sometimes more than three to one. But more tellingly the challengers were ahead in rock-hard Republican bastions such as East Pikeland, West Marlborough, and East Goshen, where Democrats had traditionally been hard pressed to compete. In those precincts, each of the four row office candidates – all of whom are women – were leading by sometimes double digits.”
daily local.com, November 8, 2017
“The jolt of energy that Donald Trump’s presidential election victory last year delivered to members of the Chester County Democratic Party this year, as well as Republican miscues in Harrisburg and Washington, culminated in a stunning sweep of county row office races on Election Day, as well as victories in a plethora of down-ballot local contests from mayor to district court judge to township supervisor, those involved said Wednesday.”
“Final results at the county level showed Democrats Patricia Maisano, Margaret Reif, Yolanda Van De Krol, and Dr. Christina Vandepol winning their races by an average of 7 percent. Two years prior, in 2015, Democrats running for county office lost their races by an average of 17 percent.”
“While races like that of Northam [Virginia governor’s race) catch a lot of press, 314 is also working with candidates like Christina VandePol, who won the Chester County, Pennsylvania, coroner race on Tuesday. It’s a win that not only puts a pro-science candidate into position to run for another office at some future date, but also installs someone with a genuine medical background (VandePol is an actual board-certified MD who taught college anatomy classes).”
Women Lead the Fight for Science in Public Office
Local Candidates Emphasize Need for Critical Thinking, Empathy at Every Level of Government
DOWNINGTOWN, PA—September 21, 2017 – Candidates and supporters gathered on Tuesday for “The Fight for Science in Public Office,” a fundraising reception for Christina VandePol, M.D., the 2017 Democratic nominee for Chester County Coroner. The event’s speakers—all women with backgrounds in medicine, engineering, chemistry, or biochemistry—underscored the need for diversity of thought and approach in all levels of elected office.
The event’s theme was inspired in part by the candidates’ dismay at the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord and concern over proposed cuts to federal agencies focused on research, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the National Science Foundation (NSF), to name just a few.
Dr. VandePol was introduced by her daughter and campaign chairperson Eva Herzog, a former math teacher and current graduate student in computer science. VandePol spoke about the dangers of a government that rejects science outright and the very real consequences of ignoring or suppressing scientific evidence when creating public policy or legislation. She pointed to the importance of NOAA, which has monitored the strength and trajectories of recent hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. Funding cuts will reduce the agency’s ability to forecast weather events and advise communities to evacuate or otherwise prepare.
VandePol also cited the highly controversial development of the Mariner East 2 pipeline, which cuts through densely populated areas of Chester County. “It was never vetted for safety, and geologic science was completely ignored when drilling for the pipeline began,” VandePol said. “As a result, residents in West Whiteland have lost their wells and their clean drinking water.”
Keynote speaker Shaughnessy Naughton is the founder of 314 Action, a nonprofit organization committed to electing more STEM candidates to office and advocating for evidence-based policy solutions to issues like climate change. Naughton encouraged attendees to support scientists at all levels in the upcoming elections. She stressed that a lack of adequate scientific funding puts the United States at a disadvantage on the international stage and hurts us economically.
Chrissy Houlahan, a 2018 Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress in PA’s 6th District, has a degree in industrial engineering and a graduate degree in technology and public policy. Houlahan spoke passionately about the need to defend truth, to defend science, and for elected officials to think differently, bringing logic and critical reasoning to their leadership and decision making.
Molly Sheehan, a 2018 candidate for U.S. Congress in PA’s 7th District, holds a PhD in biochemistry and biophysics and works in bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania, where she develops new tools for studying cancer therapy. Sheehan cited the ability of scientists to put ideology aside and listen, empathize, and truly understand a problem, then work together towards a solution. “This is the voice of healing that our nation needs right now,” Sheehan said. “It’s a voice of rationale, it’s a voice of love, and it’s a voice of evidence. You can help real people, with real problems, with real information, and with real compassion.”
About Christina VandePol, M.D.
Dr. VandePol graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and specialized in internal medicine and endocrinology. She founded and was the principal of EnPharma Consulting, a clinical research services corporation, from 1997 to 2013. Currently she teaches Human Anatomy and Physiology at Delaware County Community College and is a long-time volunteer ESL tutor in Chester County.
Her goal is a Chester County Coroner’s Office that is more transparent and accountable to the public, and more actively engaged in community efforts to improve public safety and tackle the epidemic of drug overdoses and deaths. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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