PHOENIXVILLE - Democratic vice presidential candidate John Edwards will join Chester County supporters for a block party at Reeves Park on Sunday to rally voters and make the case for why he and his presidential running mate, Sen. John Kerry, should be sent to the White House.

"I think that there's just so much at stake in this election for all of Chester County," said Mark Nevins, Pennsylvania Communications Director for the Democratic campaign, upon being asked why Phoenixville was chosen as a campaign stop. "This election is a choice between continuing on the wrong path we've been on for the last four years or putting us on the right path. If the people in Chester County think George Bush is doing a good job in Iraq and the economy is OK, then they should vote for George Bush. If they think we can do better, they should vote for Kerry/Edwards, and I think Mr. Edwards will make that point on Sunday."

Local Democrats were excited about the upcoming event.

"I think it's wonderful. I think it's a good opportunity for residents of the Phoenixville area to hear somebody of his position," said John Messina (D-North), Phoenixville Planning Commission Chair and Borough Councilman. "It certainly shows the importance of Pennsylvania to both candidates with the number of visits they've made to the state."

"This event on Sunday is quite notable in it's been quite some time since we've had a presidential or vice presidential candidate in Phoenixville. This is the shot in the arm we need in this part of Chester County to bring the message of John Kerry and John Edwards to the community," said Karen Johns, Vice Chairman of the Phoenixville Democratic Committee. "We're looking forward to it, expect a good turnout and will enjoy the day."

The local Democratic Committee will have a table with voter registration forms and sign-up sheets for volunteers to work with the Kerry/Edwards campaign.

Sen. Edwards was elected into Congress in his home state, North Carolina, in 1998. He was a primary presidential candidate earlier this year, before he was picked as Kerry's running mate.

The 51-year-old candidate has had four children with his wife, Elizabeth. He worked his way through North Carolina State University and graduated with an honors degree before earning a law degree with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Edwards co-authored the Patients' Bill of Rights and helped pass it in the Senate. Edwards is a member of the Select Committee on Intelligence and served as a member of the joint House and Senate panel investigating the terrorist attacks in the wake of Sept. 11.

Gates for the block party open at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday at Reeves Park on Second Avenue (between Main and Starr streets), rain or shine.

Tickets for the block party are required to attend. Tickets are free and can be obtained online at: www.johnkerry.com/phoenixville.

Tickets can also be picked up in person at the following locations after 1 p.m. today:

Phoenixville, Lois Murphy for Congress headquarters, 375 Morgan St., 2nd Floor;

West Chester, PA Victory 2004, 125 West Market St.;

Norristown (Montgomery County), PA Victory 2004, 14 West Marshall Street;

Media (Delaware County), PA Victory 2004 in Office of Delaware County Democrats, 318 Baltimore Pike; and

Reading (Berks County), PA Victory 2004, 524 Washington St.

Visit www.johnkerry.com for more information on the Kerry/Edwards campaign.

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