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Next Meeting: January 16, 2019 7pm,
114 W Wayne Ave, Wayne, PA 19087
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Chair George Badey, Vice Chair Tsiwen Law, Treasurer Rob Armstrong, Secretary Danielle Kleinman

January 13, 2019 (HAPPY NEW YEAR!)




NEWS
 

SETTING THE ELECTION STAGE FOR 2019!
 
While Democratic supporters all across our community are still celebrating the transformational outcomes of 2018, it’s time to turn our attention to another critically important upcoming election cycle, the 2019 RADNOR MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS.  
While the saying, “all politics is local” might seem trite, it’s important to remember that our locally elected officials - township commissioners and school board members in particular - have some of the most impactful effects on our daily lives and may also become the future leaders of government at the state and federal level.  
In addition, the original blue wave election in 2017 restored the democratic majorities at both the township and school board, providing outstanding Democratic public servants the opportunity to lead.  Many of those seats are up for election again this year and we need just as much engagement from each and every one of you!  The activities of the 2019 election begin shortly with petition circulation and filing beginning on February 19.  
(The full 2019 election calendar is listed in the "Quick Links" section of the newsletter under "Important Dates in 2019".)
In addition to township commissioners and school board members, there will also be very important races at our county level of government including County Council and judgeships.  
We will keep you up to date with all the election activity, candidates, and campaign needs.  
Please stay tuned and engaged!!
 


On January 3rd, more than 80 people attended Elaine Schaefer's first campaign Meet and Greet. 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         



                                                                                                                                (photo credit: Elaine Schaefer)


On December 14th, Chair George Badey hosted the annual Radnor Democrats holiday party at his home on Chamounix Road.


                 

                                                                                                                                                                                (photo credit: George Badey)


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UPCOMING EVENTS

Radnor Democrats January Meeting

Wednesday, January 16, 2019  
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
114 W Wayne Ave, Wayne, PA 19087


LWV DelCo & Penn State Extension Workshop 

Wednesday, January 23, 2019
7:30-9:30 pm
Workshop, How to Run for Office: Toss Your Hat in the Ring 
at the Media Municipal Center,
301 N Jackson St., Media, Pennsylvania 19063

SPOTLIGHT ON:
Jack Stollsteimer
Candidate, District Attorney

Jack Stollsteimer announced his candidacy for Delaware County District Attorney during a meeting of the Haverford Township Democratic Committee, which he chaired from 2014 to 2018. Jack is the experienced, fair, and independent prosecutor we need as Delaware County District Attorney to protect our communities and restore faith in our criminal justice system.

Jack is the proud son of a union family who has lived his American Dream in Delaware County.

His father Fred dropped out of Upper Darby High School at 17 to join the U.S. Army during the Korean War. After proudly serving his country, Fred raised his family into the middle class through his hard work as a SEPTA driver and member of the United Transportation Union (UTU).  

His mother Henrietta was born in Soviet Ukraine and immigrated to America as a World War II refugee from a Nazi slave labor camp. After the war, Henrietta and her family lived homeless on the streets of war ravaged Europe until they settled in the City of Chester in 1951  and began their lives as free people.

Inspired by his parents’ pursuit of the American Dream, Jack worked his way through college, graduating at the age of thirty-four by completing his course work at night and on weekends. While still in law school, Jack joined the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office as an intern representing the Commonwealth in pre-trial hearings.  In 2000, Jack graduated from Temple University’s Beasley School of Law, passed the bar, and was appointed as an Assistant Delaware County District Attorney prosecuting criminals in juvenile and adult criminal courts.

In 2006, Governor Edward G. Rendell appointed Jack as Pennsylvania’s Safe Schools Advocate for the Philadelphia School District. In this unique watchdog role, Jack established a reputation for independence and integrity by publicly reporting the School District’s systemic failure to properly report violent crimes. Because of his work, District officials made changes in policy to better protect children and teachers. In 2012, the Philadelphia Inquirer won a Pulitzer Prize for a series on school violence that based in part on Jack’s advocacy.

Appointed Deputy State Treasurer for Consumer Programs in 2017, Jack worked with State Treasurer Joe Torsella to establish the PA ABLE savings program for people with disabilities and the Keystone Scholars grant program to give every child born or adopted in Pennsylvania after  a brighter future by seeding a 529 higher education savings account to encourage every child to reach their dreams through higher education and career training.

A long time Delco resident, Jack graduated from St. Denis in Havertown and attended Archbishop Carroll before graduating from Ridley Senior High School.

Jack currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Delaware County Bar Association and as a founding member of Delco Coalition for Prison Reform (CPR). He lives in Havertown with his wife Judi, son John, and daughter Sarah, both students at Haverford Middle School.  



 


 

FROM THE CHAIR
 
2019 will be the most historic year in more than a century of Delaware County politics. Democrats will, for the first time in over 140 years, likely take over control of Delaware County government after the November, 2019 elections. I say “likely” because, while all signs point to this happening, we can expect an all-out vicious and ugly campaign from Republicans who will be cornered and desperate. Many Republicans have already jumped off their sinking ship in Radnor and nationwide, and our registration figures prove it. The Trump supporters among us remain strident and angry, even in the face of daily debacles and the meltdown of their party.
We will need to work hard, get out our vote and remain calm in the face of vicious attacks
 
In addition to discussing our Radnor Commissioner and School Board races, the first political order of business in 2019 will be for us to endorse candidates. Right now, we have ten candidates for County Council, including our own Elaine Schaeffer, vying for three  seats, nine candidates for judge vying for four seats and, thankfully, one candidate, Jack Stollsteimer, for District Attorney.
 
Our Endorsement Convention will be held on Sunday, February 24, 2019 at Chester High School and credentialing will begin at 2 pm. Doors close by 3 pm, so arrive long before then. Between now and then, our job as Democratic Committeepersons will be to learn as much as we can and to endorse the best candidates.
 
Please come to our meeting on January 16th at 7 pm at the Library to be part of history and to meet and hear the candidates.
 
Democratically yours,
George Badey
Chair, Radnor Democratic Committee
 
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