Pattye Benson

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Dust Barely Settled on Tuesday’s Election . . . Announcement on Upcoming Available Chester County District Attorney Position

In reading today’s Daily Local newspaper, I glanced at the headline that Chester County District Attorney Joseph Carroll has announced that he will not seek re-election but instead will take a run at judge of the Chester County Common Pleas Court.

You might wonder what the connection is between Community Matters and the Chester County DA; and why my interest. Over the last few months, I had heard rumblings that District Attorney Carroll might be moving on but my real interest was with talk of one of the possible DA candidates.

I had heard that Tredyffrin’s solicitor, Tom Hogan, a partner in the West Chester law firm Lamb McErlane (and former Assistant DA) might be on the list of those considering the District Attorney opportunity. This rumor was confirmed in today’s Daily Local article. When asked by the reporter about the DA possibility, Tom Hogan’s response — “At this point, the (midterm) elections have just finished. At some point I’ll sit down and talk with my family, and talk with law enforcement (groups) and make a decision.”

In addition to Tom Hogan, other possible candidates being discussed are First Assistant DA Patrick Carmody, Former Chief DA Susan DiGiacomo, Deputy DA Stephen Kelly and Assistant DA Norman Pine. I do understand the discussion is early in the process and names can come and go on the ‘list’.

I have known Tom for several years and he is truly one of the good guys. In addition to his service to our township, Tom and his wife Victoria have continued to be very supportive of historic preservation and Tredyffrin Historic Preservation Trust. Tom has generously served as a sponsor of many Trust activities including our Annual Historic House Tour and our annual In the Mood fundraiser.

Obviously, if Tom decided on the District Attorney direction, it would be a loss to our township but the residents of Chester County would be the winners. For what it is worth, I will state that if Tom Hogan decides to run for Chester County District Attorney he has my complete support!

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  1. Tom Hogan would be a good choice for DA.

    WOW!!! Pattye, Petersen and I are in agreement for once. A sign of the end times? Or perhaps, a new dawn of peace and harmony.

    Naw…I wouldn’t read anything into, other than it shows that Hogan has broad appeal.

  2. It makes most sense for longtime ADA and current First Assistant DA Pat Carmody to get the job. Pat’s probably been doing most of the heavy lifting around that office for years now and would be able to transition seamlessly into the top spot. Those are some good names on that list, Tom among them, but Pat Carmody is the most logical choice.

  3. Tom Hogan is a great solicitor, but he lacks criminal experience. Pat Carmody lacks people skills, Stephen Kelly is the best choice for DA, in my opinion. He is tough on domestic violence, child predators, and has in mind the quality of life that we all enjoy in Chester County, and has the experience and personality to be an excellent DA.

  4. No one better embodies what a District Attorney is suppose to be than Pat Carmody. One only has to look at his website site to see that he truly cares about the rights of average citizens above politics, and has devoted his life to fighting wrongs on behalf of the Chester County community. He’s won awards for fighting on behalf of victims and is a recognized instructor for ADAs in the state. He has the skill and the soul for the job.

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