Debate set for 19th-district Senate candidates

Voters in the 19th state Senate District will have a chance to hear both candidates on Sunday, Oct. 23.

Incumbent state Sen. Andy Dinniman will debate Republican challenger Jack London, a former police officer and professional athlete who has worked for 20 years in the financial sector, at 2 p.m. at Borough Hall in West Chester. The event is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Chester County, which will also moderate the debate.

Both Dinniman and London expressed appreciation for the league's involvement, but London said he was disappointed that Dinniman would not agree to more than one debate.

“In June, I offered him 25 dates for us to debate,” said London.  “He has refused. Like most career politicians, Sen. Dinniman says he wants transparency, but only when it does not involve his weak voting record. The voters of the 19th District deserve more than one afternoon of discussion so that they can make the most informed decision on Election Day.”

Dinniman said he has always participated in the League of Women Voters debate.

“The people of Chester County know that, they know me, they know the difference I’ve made, and they know how I continue to fight for them. I plan to discuss all of that and more on Oct. 23,” he said. “Many of us can’t tell where Jack London stands on the issues from anything he’s said or done. Maybe we’ll find out who he is and what he stands for. Maybe not.”

For more information on Dinniman, visit To learn more about London, visit


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