A Note from the Chair
Dear Radnor friends and neighbors,
I hope that everyone has had a fun, peaceful and joyous holiday season and is looking forward to the new year. In the coming days, there will be more celebrations of 2019’s historic Democratic wins in Delaware County and in Radnor. On January 6, both our newly elected and re-elected Radnor Commissioners and newly elected Delaware County Council members will be sworn into office. (See the events section of this Newsletter for more details).
Yet, as soon as we finish celebrating on January 6th, we can’t forget that 2020 will be an even more monumental year. We will need all hands on deck.
The excitement is palpable. Our 2020 goals are clear:
- Remove Donald Trump from the White House
- Regain the majority in the U.S. Senate (Currently 53R- 45D- 2 In)
- Enlarge our majority in the U.S. House (Currently 232D- 198R- 4 vacant)
- Regain the majority in the PA Senate (Currently 27R- 21D- 1 In- 1 vacant)
- Regain the majority in the PA House (Currently 109R- 92D- 2 vacant)
In PA in 2020 we will not have a U.S. Senate race (Pat Toomey’s term is up in 2022 and Bob Casey’s is in 2024).
Representing us in Radnor, we have Democratic state and federal officials who are up for re-election in 2020. They include:
U. S. Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon - 5th U.S. House District - first elected in 2018, Mary Gay will be running and is not expected to have a Democratic Primary opponent.
PA State Senator Daylin Leach - PA 17th Senatorial District - first elected in 2008, Daylin will have several Democratic primary opponents.
PA House Representative Jenn O’Mara - PA 165th House District - first elected in 2018, Jenn is not expected to have a Democratic Primary opponent. Jenn’s house district represents 8 of 15 Radnor wards/precincts 1-1, 2-3, 3-2, 4-1, 4-2, 5-2, 6-1, 6-2.
PA House Representative Greg Vitale - PA 166th House District - first elected in 1992, Greg is expected to have a Democratic Primary opponent. Greg’s house district represents 7 of 15 Radnor wards/precincts 1-2, 2-1, 2-2, 3-1, 5-1, 7-1, 7-2.
In addition, once every four years, any Democrat can run for a spot as a Delegate to the Democratic National Convention committed to a presidential candidate. This summer the DNC will be held in Milwaukee. The delegates are elected by Congressional district. If interested, please come to our meeting on January 15, 2020.
We will have a three-week period for circulating nomination petitions for all offices and delegates starting from Tuesday January 28th and ending on Tuesday February 18th.
Needless to say, the work ahead of us is enormous and supremely consequential, but I know we Radnor Democrats are up to the task. There is no room for mere wishful thinking. It will take the active engagement of every single one of us and we must count on one another to get our work done.
I know my resolution as your Chair for the new year is to work creatively and collaboratively with all of you starting NOW to design the most inclusive and impactful strategy possible to turn out every vote and get the 2020 results we want and need. Please mark your calendars to join us at as many of our Radnor Democratic Committee monthly meetings as you can where together we can mobilize our community and make sure the map goes vividly BLUE in PA in 2020.
I look forward to working with all of you to put our nation and our Commonwealth back on the right track. Our future, and more importantly, our children’s future is riding on it.
Chair, Radnor Democratic Committee