WEST CHESTER – Republican Chester County Commissioner Carol Aichele officially launched her bid to become Pennsylvania’s next Lieutenant Governor today.
In announcing that she is running for Lieutenant Governor, Aichele said it was time for a new approach to governing in Harrisburg. “Pennsylvania has steep challenges ahead that require strong leadership,” Aichele said. “It’s time to write a new chapter in Pennsylvania’s history and fix what is broken in our state. If I have the honor of serving as Lieutenant Governor, I’ll work hard with the newly elected Governor to do just that,” she added.
Aichele’s first official event as a candidate is being held today in King of Prussia and is hosted by former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Sandra Schultz Newman. The event is responsible for raising over $100,000 for Aichele’s campaign.
Joseph “Skip” Brion, treasurer of the Republican Party of Pennsylvania and Chairman of the Chester County Republican Committee, enthusiastically endorsed Aichele and said she is the right person for the job. “Carol Aichele has been a top vote-getter in one of Pennsylvania’s largest suburban counties,” Brion said. “She will help attract voters next year in all areas of the state, but especially in large suburban areas that are critical in statewide elections. Carol is the kind of accomplished and experienced leader we need working for us in Harrisburg,” he added.
Aichele, a fiscal conservative, noted that Pennsylvania’s next administration will face many daunting tasks. “We must focus on creating jobs, fixing our economy and providing relief to families and businesses struggling with high taxes,” Aichele said. “Pennsylvania needs a new beginning,” she added.
Aichele is serving in her second term on the Chester County Board of Commissioners. As Commissioner, Aichele led the effort to help the county achieve a Triple A bond rating from Moody’s Investors Services, one of the few counties in the country to achieve this status, resulting in millions of dollars in savings for taxpayers each year. She implemented county budgets that kept Chester County’s tax rate among the lowest in Southeastern Pennsylvania. In addition, Aichele helped taxpayers save millions of dollars by eliminating pay raises for elected officials and reorganizing the county’s workforce.
Aichele has helped foster a special quality of life in her region that led Forbes.com to recognize Chester County as one of the top ten counties in the country to raise a family. She was instrumental in preserving over 17,000 acres of open space and farmland, helping her county earn the prestigious 2008 Land Conservation Leadership Award from the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association. Chester County is also known as having one of Pennsylvania’s strongest local economies and lowest unemployment rates.
In addition to serving two terms as Commissioner, Aichele was the first woman elected Controller in Chester County and has served as the Chair of the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission. Aichele, a former math and science teacher, also served six years as a member of the Tredyffrin-Easttown Board of School Directors, with two years as its President. She has served in numerous leadership positions on various boards and community organizations for over 25 years.
Aichele is a graduate of Cornell University with a degree in economics. She and her husband, Steve, have three grown children and three grandchildren.
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