Home Local News Al-Amin wins Coatesville City Council at-large seat

Al-Amin wins Coatesville City Council at-large seat


COATESVILLE >> A longtime activist and community advocate for city residents was victorious in her bid to join City Council as a way to continue her efforts to serve the citizens.

Democrat Khadijah “Jackie” A. Al-Amin defeated incumbent Republican Councilman John Guerrera in a special election Tuesday for an at large City Council seat with 606 votes, or 58.6 percent of the vote.

“A big thank you to all the citizens of Coatesville,” Al-Amin said in a Facebook post after the election. “You came out and made your voices heard loud and clear. I am so honored to be your new Coatesville City Council at large rep. My vote will always be the voice of the citizens. Thank you all again. Moving Coatesville forward.”

Guerrera came in second with 281 votes, or 27.2 percent, and Libertarian Nicholas S. Panagakos finished third with 25 votes, or 2.4 percent. There were also 122 write-in votes in the race.


All election results are unofficial until certified by the county Board of Elections.

Al-Amin grew up in West Chester, and she’s lived in Coatesville for almost 40 years. She’s been in the real estate business for about 16 years, and she has experience in retail as a project manager, she said.

She has been active in community organizations as a civil rights advocate for the citizens of Coatesville, and attended many council meetings to speak on behalf of citizens during public comment times, she said.

“I stand for the citizens at the podium, but now is the time I’d do better by the citizens on council, letting my vote be the citizens’ voice,” she said.

Guerrera was appointed by council in March to fill the at large seat which had been vacant after a council member left the seat before their term expired. He previously ran to represent the 4th Ward on council in the general election last year but was defeated by incumbent Councilwoman Carmen Green.

Guerrera was born and raised in Coatesville, and he said his family has been in the city for four generations. His grandparents worked at Lukens Steel, and his father built many buildings in the city, he said.

Guerrera is an associate broker at Remax and has more than 30 years of experience in the real estate industry. He said he would like to share his experience with council and the Redevelopment Authority to help with revitalization efforts in the city.

“I want to see the city thrive and flourish like it used to,” he said.

Panagakos grew up in Easton and spent some time in Montgomery County before buying a house in Coatesville and settling down in the city with his wife. He is a business analyst at DaVita Kidney Care in Malvern, and a member of the board of directors for the Millview Homeowners Association.

He said when he found Coatesville, it felt like home and it was like “a match made in heaven” because the city reminds him of the industrial towns in the Lehigh Valley with the same sort of hardworking folks who put family and community first.

Panagakos said he was running for council because he’s always wanted to have a hand in the community and contribute back to the community.

Al-Amin said as a council member she would work to avoid any tax increases in the city, and make sure the city is running on a balanced budget with department heads being held accountable to stay in line with the budget. She said her business experience would help when reviewing the budget. “Million-dollar budgets don’t scare me,” she added.

She said she would work with current developers and future developers for revitalization of Coatesville, and that qualified residents in Coatesville should be considered for new jobs created by development in the city.

“In my heart of hearts, I believe that Coatesville can be as vibrant as Downingtown or West Chester, and I want to help that process along however I can,” Al-Amin said.

Al-Amin has been involved with the local chapter of the NAACP, served as the head of Coatesville Concerned Citizens, and is a member of the Movement Community Development Corporation, a local nonprofit that is raising money for the goal of re-opening the public swimming pool at Ash Park.

Source link


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here