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Chair George Badey, Vice Chair Tsiwen Law, Treasurer Rob Armstrong, Secretary Danielle Kleinman

November 7, 2019 

A Note from the Chair

We made history on Tuesday, and we could not have done it without all of you.

As you likely know, our Radnor and Delaware County Democratic candidates earned sweeping, decisive and transformative Democratic victories in Radnor Township and in Delaware County. Ten years ago this week in 2009, Radnor became the largest of the 49 municipalities throughout Delaware County to attain Democratic leadership of its governing body, the Board of Commissioners. After over a century of consistent Republican rule, Elaine Schaefer’s election as Radnor's 4th Ward Commissioner in 2009 gave Radnor’s Board of Commissioners its first ever Democratic majority, a majority we have worked hard to maintain ever since. Now, once again it is Elaine's election ten years later to the Delaware County Council, along with her victorious running mates Christine Reuther and Monica Taylor, that has created another Democratic leadership first.  It has given us the very first Democratic majority of the Delaware County Council after 144 consecutive years of Republican control. 

And on Tuesday night, we had even more Democratic firsts to celebrate at the county level. We elected four Democrats to the four open judgeships on the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas - Nusrat Rashid, Stephanie Klein, Kelly Eckel and Rick Lowe.  The Delaware County bench has 20 judges and before this election it was all-Republican. Clearly, we have more to do in the future as judicial vacancies occur. In addition, we elected veteran prosecutor Jack Stollsteimer as Delaware County’s District Attorney. These elections represent the first time any Democrats have ever won these positions in Delaware County since the 1800’s!  Perhaps even more important is that these extremely well-qualified attorneys and their decades of experience will bring a welcome fresh perspective to the administration of justice in our county.
Right here in Radnor, we also attained impressive victories.  All of our four township commissioner candidates won their elections, and won them decisively.  Three of the four seats had been held by Democrats, so in winning, we defended those and picked up one Republican seat. Jack Larkin was elected to a second term for the 1st Ward, Damien Enderle was elected to a first term for the 3rd Ward, Moira Mulroney was elected to a first term for the 5th Ward, and Sean Farhy was elected to a second term for the 7th Ward.  Even though Moira ran unopposed, she, like her fellow commissioners, pounded the pavement and made sure to earn her seat along side her fellow candidates who had opponents.  A special nod goes to Damien Enderle whose persistent and effective campaigning helped him flip the 3rd Ward from red to blue and prevail over a very well known opponent.  Our Radnor Board of Commissioners now enjoys a 5-2 Democratic majority not seen since the 2011 elections, with estimable people serving to meet the needs of Radnor residents. We look forward to 2021 when the three even numbered wards, including the only two remaining Republican-held seats, come up for election. 

And last but not least, we are celebrating our historic School Board victories.  Led by incumbent candidate Amy Goldman, new candidates Liz Duffy, Nancy Monahan, Jeff Jubelirer and Bradley Moore swept their election and gained all five seats, securing Democratic leadership on Radnor’s School Board and creating the first ever 9-0 Democratic board.  Prior to 2005, there were decades of 9-0 school boards in Radnor, but they were all Republican.  Not only did this group sweep, but the margins by which they swept were unprecedented.  Thanks to the assistance of many of you, they were able to execute a campaign strategy that included knocking on nearly 2,800 doors, creating six marketing materials, launching various social media campaigns, and coordinating multiple meet and greets to get out the vote among many different constituencies, and more. 

There is no substitute for hard work.  And coupled with the 'Blue Wave’ that continues to crash on shores both near and far in Upper Darby Township, Bucks and Chester Counties, as well as in Kentucky and Virginia and elsewhere, our Democratic candidates have attained leadership in many places after decades of unilateral and often unchecked Republican control.  Now we are poised to have a greater role in ending our national nightmare next year in the presidential election.

Most important, all of our Democratic candidates in Radnor and Delaware County ran campaigns with absolute dignity and professionalism, based on the issues, and with an abundance of hard work and respect; not only with respect for the offices they sought, but also with respect for their opponents.  However, it was not lost on many members of our community of all political persuasions that some of our Republican opponents stooped to unthinkable lows to unfairly attack some of our candidates, and attack them with extreme and bizarre allegations that were completely out of bounds  - even in a political campaign.  At the end of the day, all of us will likely have ideological differences, and during campaign seasons, those differences will and should be used as a means to compare and contrast.  But what should never be lost among the differences we assert is our sense of decency and community.  Neighbors turning on neighbors in the ugliest of fashions is something we should all commit to resist.
Yet, despite these attacks, we Democrats still won by massive and unprecedented margins, and we prevailed knowing that we conducted ourselves entirely with honesty and dignity. That is what makes the sweetest of our victories even sweeter.  Please take a look at the links below to see our impressive election results and news articles chronicling them.

I offer my heartfelt admiration, gratitude and congratulations to all of our Democratic candidates and to all of you who supported them. Running for office is hard work, and when our community comes together like we did this year to support our shared values, we all win. Well done! 

Democratically yours,
George Badey


2019 ELECTION RESULTS
ELECTION NEWS

DEMOCRATS MAKE HISTORY BY WINNING CONTROL OF DELAWARE COUNTY - The Philadelphia Inquirer

DEMOCRATS SWEEP RADNOR TOWNSHIP, SCHOOL BOARD RACES - Main Line Media News

DEMS SWEEP ALL DELCO COUNCIL RACES IN HISTORIC ROUT - Delco Times
UPCOMING EVENTS

Radnor Democrats Monthly Meeting
Tuesday, November 12
 7:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Winsor Room, Radnor Memorial Library
114 West Wayne Avenue, Wayne 
Join us for a recap of precinct -specific numbers, a victory lap for all of us, a chance to talk about your experiences on Election Day, and a look forward to 2020.

Jenn O'Mara for the PA 165th District and 30th Birthday Party
Special Guest US Rep Mary Gay Scanlon

Friday, November 15
7:00 - 10:00 PM
At the home of Lisa Goldstein and Rick Mankin
670 Malin Road, Newtown Square

Reception for Valerie Plame
Sunday, November 17
5:00 - 6:30 PM
At the home of Jannie Lay and Todd Longsworth
132 Trianon Lane, Villanova
Details

Radnor Democrats Holiday Party
Saturday, December 7
4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The Badey residence
238 Chamounix Road, St. Davids
RSVP

Delaware County Democrats Holiday Party
Thursday, December 12
 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Drexelbrook
4700 Drexelbrook Drive
Drexel Hill, PA 19026
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