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Next Meeting: Friday, Dec. 14th, 7pm, 238 Chamounix Rd.
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Chair George Badey, Vice Chair Tsiwen Law, Treasurer Rob Armstrong, Secretary Danielle Kleinman

November 22, 2018
 

NEWS (HAPPY THANKSGIVING!)

Radnor Democrats Seek School Board and Commissioner Candidates
Now that the midterms are behind us, it's time to start planning for next year. In 2019, five of Radnor's nine school board seats and the seats representing Wards 1, 3, 5 and 7 on the Radnor Township Board of Commissioners will be up for election. If you are, or anyone you know is, interested in serving our community by running for School Board or Commissioner, please contact Gretchen MacKenzie or Sandra Ryeom (for the School Board campaign) and John Nagle or Lisa Borowski (for Commissioner campaigns) by December 15th. They can help you better understand the role of these elected offices and what to expect when campaigning and governing. Any resident of Radnor Township can run for School Board, but a Commissioner candidate must reside in the ward that they seek to represent. Only the odd-numbered Wards (1, 3, 5 and 7) are up for election in 2019. You can view the ward map here. 
Photo credit: Theji Brennan

Radnor High School (RHS) and Villanova Students Get Out the Vote
The Radnor Democratic Committee (RDC) would like to thank the many RHS and Villanova students who volunteered to get out the vote for Democrats in the midterm elections. These motivated youngsters spent the cold, rainy Election Day knocking on doors throughout Radnor to make sure that our less frequent voters (which the RDC targeted via mailers) also got in-person reminders to go to the polls. Some of the students who canvassed on Election Day attended the RDC meeting on November 15th and were recognized there for their efforts. The future looks very promising in terms of Democratic youth voter engagement in Radnor! RHS students included Morgane Wisehart, Estelle Atkinson, Lydia MacKenzie, Caroline Kaplan, Keira Seasholtz, Anahita Darvish and Meredith Forman. Villanova students included Victoria Martin, Emily DiMatteo, Abby Bartlett and Margaret Lindenburg.
Two of the RHS Young Democrats getting out the vote on Election Day (photo credit: Amy Goldman)

Delaware County Democrats Aim to Take Council Majority, DA's Office and Judgeships in 2019
In 2017, Kevin Madden and Brian Zidek made history by becoming the first Democrats in decades to be elected to Delaware County Council. Only 2 of the 5 County Council seats were up for election that year, so Democrats were not able to seize the majority despite sweeping those races. Next year, we can finish the job because the other 3 Council seats will be in play, and Radnor's own Elaine Schaefer intends to run. There will also be races for District Attorney and for 5 judgeships on the Court of Common Pleas.

Thank You to All Poll Locations, Workers and Volunteers
The Radnor Democrats want to say thank you to all of our precinct locations for opening up their facilities to voters on Election Day. Many of our hosts go above and beyond by providing free refreshments and even tents to help shield our volunteer greeters from bad weather. The mechanics of voting, which are so crucial to our democracy, is largely a volunteer effort. During this holiday season, we are especially thankful for everyone who make it all possible.
 
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We need to replenish our coffers so that we can support our local School Board and Commissioner candidates next year. Every dollar you contribute helps; please help by clicking here!

UPCOMING EVENTS

Delaware County Democrats Holiday Party
Friday, November 30th, 7-10pm
Drexelbrook
4700 Drexelbrook Drive, Drexel Hill, PA
Our theme this year is "Celebrate Democracy!" There is much else to celebrate, too! Purchase tickets here.

Radnor Democrats Holiday Party
Friday, December 14th, 7pm
Home of George Badey
238 Chamounix Road, Saint Davids, PA
Let's celebrate the Blue Wave! All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

DID YOU KNOW?

2018 was indeed The Year of the Woman. At least 123 women will be sworn into Congress in January, the highest number in history. They include Madeleine Dean, Chrissy Houlahan, Susan Wild and Delaware County's own Mary Gay Scanlon, who broke up Pennsylvania's all-male Congressional delegation and make up the largest contingent of women that our Commonwealth has ever elected to federal office.

The Year of the Woman was overwhelmingly fueled by Democrats. In fact, only 19 of the 123 women who will serve in the 116th Congress are Republicans.
SPOTLIGHT ON:

Alida Pegg
Incoming Editor
Radnor Democrats Newsletter

Alida Pegg has been a resident of Radnor Township for the past 3 years. Prior to moving to Wayne, Alida lived and worked in New York City for over 15 years as a Sales and Marketing director in the hospitality and medical fields. She has been featured on the Today Show, ESPN and New York public radio. Alida is passionate about volunteer work, having volunteered for numerous organizations, including local and national political campaigns. She and her husband, Chris, have two children in the Radnor school district.

Alida will be assuming editorial responsibilities for this newsletter beginning with our next issue and can be reached via email.


FROM THE EDITOR
 
After 18 months at the helm of this newsletter, during which we published 22 full-size issues, I am pleased to hand over my editorial duties to Alida Pegg. With her marketing background and demonstrated commitment to our party, I have no doubt that Alida will take this publication to new heights.

Before I moved to Radnor in 2012, I was your typical once-every-four-years Democrat who only canvassed for Presidential campaigns and gave money to candidates whose national campaigns were featured in the New York Times. I knew next to nothing about local politics, and I certainly did not appreciate how our school boards and municipal governments actually have a much greater influence on the quality of our day-to-day lives.

I credit the Radnor Democrats for my political awakening. I was first elected to represent 4-2 as a Democratic Committee person in 2012, and, with two young children in Radnor public schools, I served as co-chair of our school board campaign in 2015. In 2016, I had the honor of serving as a pledged delegate for Hillary Clinton to the Democratic National Convention, and, had she won the election, I would have served as one of Pennsylvania's 20 electors in the Electoral College.

While I cherish each of those experiences, nothing compares to being a part of the political sea change that has swept through our community since that fateful day in November 2016. The Radnor Democrats are stronger than ever, thanks to the efforts of readers like you. Thank you for putting your trust in us. Let's go make more history together.

Onward, 
Jannie Lau
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