John Linder (Pennsylvania)

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This article is about the Mayor of Chester, Pennsylvania. For the former Georgia Congressman, see John Linder.
John Linder
Mayor of Chester, Pennsylvania
Assumed office
January 3, 2012
Preceded by Wendell Butler, Jr.
Member of the Chester City Council
from the At-Large District
In office
January 4, 2010 – January 3, 2012
Preceded by Willie Wells
Succeeded by William Jacobs
Personal details
Born 1947
Political party Democratic
Residence Chester, Pennsylvania
Alma mater Widener University
Kutztown University
Occupation Politician, Professor
Website Mayor John Linder

John A. Linder is an American politician and retired college professor who is the Mayor of the city of Chester, Pennsylvania.

Education and professional career[edit]

Linder received his BA in Behavioral Sciences from Widener University, and M.Ed. from Kutztown University.[1]

Linder worked as an instructor and counsellor at Kutztown University from 1976 to 1980. From 1980 to 1989, Linder served as Assistant Director of the Human Services Program at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College, while concurrently holding the rank of Assistant Professor in Human services at the college. He has been a Master Trainer and an Associate of the Carkhuff Institute of Human Technology, specializing in Interpersonal Skills Training for teachers, counselors and other human services personnel. Linder also served as a professor of political science at Delaware County Community College.[1]

Political career[edit]

2008 Senate campaign[edit]

In 2008, Linder challenged incumbent Republican State Senator Dominic Pileggi for his seat. Pileggi, who was seeking his second full term in the Senate, was also the body's Majority Leader. On election day, Pileggi defeated Linder by about sixteen percentage points, or 22,000 votes.[2]

Chester City Council[edit]

On November 3, 2009, Linder was elected to an at-large seat on the Chester City Council on a ticket with Portia West. West and Linder defeated Republican Fred Pickett and Marsha Taylor, with Democrats gaining two formerly Republican seats.[3] Linder was the top vote-getter in the race.[4]

Mayor of Chester[edit]

In the 2011 Chester Mayoral election, Linder defeated longtime incumbent Republican Mayor Wendell Butler in a hotly contested race. With his election, Linder became just the second Democrat to hold the office since 1905, and the first since Barbara Bohannan-Sheppard left office in 1995.[5] His election was part of a broader sea change in city politics, with Democrats ending Republican dominance over Chester government.[6]

Following his swearing-in, Linder announced his retirement from his teaching position, a move allowing him to focus on his duties as Mayor full-time.[5] He was also appointed Director of the City Department of Public Affairs, which oversees Chester's police department.[5][1] In March of 2012, Linder was appointed to the White House's Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2) initiative, under the purview of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.[7]


  1. ^ a b c "Mayor John Linder, Director of Public Affairs". City Officials: Official Biographies. The City of Chester. Retrieved July 14, 2012. 
  2. ^ "2008 General Election Official Returns: Senator in the General Assembly". Official Election Returns. The Pennsylvania Department of State. Retrieved July 14, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Chester City Council At-Large". Delaware County Election Results. Our Campaigns. Retrieved July 14, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Municipal General Election 2009: Results for Chester City Local Races". Unofficial Returns from the Municipal Election of November 2009. The Delaware County Election Commission. Retrieved July 14, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c Kopp, John (January 3, 2012). "Linder sworn in as new Chester mayor". The Delco Daily Times. Retrieved July 14, 2012. 
  6. ^ Kopp, John (January 4, 2012). "Democrats are back in charge in Chester as mayor is sworn in". The Delco Daily Times. Retrieved July 14, 2012. 
  7. ^ "President Obama Announces White House Council on SC2". Strong Cities, Strong Communities Initiative Newsletter: Volume I, Issue I. United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. Retrieved July 14, 2012. 

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