NEWS (HAPPY HOLIDAYS!)
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN RUNNING FOR THE RADNOR TOWNSHIP SCHOOL BOARD?
Are you or anyone you know interested in the possibility of running for the Radnor School Board in the November 2019 election? Help us fill five open seats with individuals committed to the profound benefits of a quality public education. Not sure you have what it takes? Consider this perspective from currently serving board member, Andrew Babson:
“My first year on the board has shown me that the superintendent and his team, for whom we act in an advise and consent capacity, draw on many different skills to run the district: financial/budgeting, HR and organizational management, legal, real estate, engineering, writing/editing, public relations; in fact almost any skill set can be useful. I wholeheartedly encourage anyone who can contribute a few hours a week to this work to seriously consider it. It’s rewarding and it is a way to give more of yourself directly to the community."
Intrigued? Email: Gretchen MacKenzie (email@example.com) or Sandra Ryeom (firstname.lastname@example.org) by December 20. We are happy to answer any and all questions!
(photo credit: Radnor Dems for School Board committee)
Congratulations to Radnor’s own Doug McCone on receiving the Volunteer of the Year award at the Delaware County Democratic Committee’s Holiday Party!
(photo credit: Radnor Democrats)
Former First Lady Michelle Obama visited Philadelphia as part of her 10-city tour for her NYT best seller "Becoming"
Several Radnor township residents attended the sold-out event at the Wells Fargo Center.
(photo credit: Erin Buckley)
PA Dems have high hopes for redistricting:
The opportunity for Democrats to enhance their prospects in races for legislative and congressional seats for an entire decade is only three years away. With Gov. Tom Wolf getting elected to a second term and a Democratic majority entrenched on the state Supreme Court, the party now sees itself in the best position since the 1990s to draw post-Census boundaries for seats in Congress and the state Legislature.Every state is required to go through redistricting after a census. The next opportunity comes in 2021. Read more here: https://www.thestate.com/news/politics-government/national-politics/article222159135.html
View Radnor’s Official precinct by precinct totals from this past Election Day here.
May the peace & joy of the season stay with you all year long!
(photo credit: The office of Rep. Jennifer O'Mara)
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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.
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Radnor Democrats January Meeting
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
114 W Wayne Ave, Wayne, PA 19087
Elaine Paul Schaefer
Candidate, Delaware County
Former Radnor 4th Ward Commissioner Elaine Paul Schaefer has announced that she is running for one of the three open seats on Delaware County Council in the November 2019 election. Elaine was twice elected to Radnor’s Board of Commissioners and served from 2010 to 2018. She served as President of the Board for three of those years, and was in fact the first woman to ever serve as President of that Board in the history of Radnor Township. When Elaine was elected to the BoC in 2010, the Board flipped to Democratic control after decades of Republican rule. At that time, the Township was in a state of disarray with a financial corruption controversy, a record of deficit spending and high levels of resident distrust of the local government. The new Democratic majority completely revamped the government, appointing an entirely new management structure, instituting a higher level of financial reporting, increasing transparency and right-sizing the staff. The Board remains under Democratic control today, and Radnor serves as a model of accountable local government in our region.
Elaine has been involved in the Radnor community for 20 years, serving on many Boards including the Radnor League of Women Voters, the Radnor Educational Foundation, and serving as President of two Radnor parent teacher organizations. She has also served on the Delaware County Conservation District Board, and she is currently a board member of Conservation Voters of PA, the TriCounty Chamber of Commerce, the 9/11 Memorial Trail, the Circuit Trail Coalition, and Heritage PA. Professionally, Elaine is an attorney and is the Executive Director of the Schuylkill River Greenways National Heritage Area, a non-profit organization that champions the Schuylkill River and the Schuylkill River Trail and the communities in the Schuylkill watershed. Prior to becoming Commissioner, Elaine co-founded the Radnor Conservancy and became the President and Executive Director of that organization, where she served for seven years. While at the Radnor Conservancy, Elaine spearheaded a $20 million open space bond referendum that passed with 79% of Radnor’s voters approving it. With that success behind her, as Commissioner Elaine led the effort to purchase 71 acres of the Ardrossan Estate, preserving it forever and laying the groundwork for what will soon be an extraordinary trail system.
Elaine lives in the Newtown Square section of Radnor with her husband, John, of 27 years and her poorly trained but lovable Labrador Retriever, Biggie Smalls. Her three children are grown, two working in Boston and her youngest a junior at UNC.
FROM THE CHAIR
Next year is an odd-numbered year, thus we have statewide judicial, county, county judicial, and municipal elections only. President, governor, senate and house (US and PA) are in even numbered years and generate (usually) much higher turnout. But make no mistake, these odd numbered years are in many ways much more important to the day to day lives of the people in communities like Radnor Township.
Next year, close to home, we'll have:
Radnor Township Commissioner: Four of seven seats are up in 2019 with elections in wards 1, 3, 5, and 7. Dems currently hold Ward 1 (Jack Larkin - running for reelection), Ward 5 (John Nagle - retiring), and Ward 7 (Sean Farhy - running for reelection). In Ward 3, the Republican incumbent Luke Clark, is not seeking reelection. We have an excellent chance to sweep all four, which would leave Dems in charge 5-2 on this seven member board.
Radnor School Board - Five seats are up (of 9 total). Last year, in 2017 post-Trump Radnor, we swept all four RSB seats. The five 2019 seats are held by 4 Republicans and 1 Dem (Amy Goldman - who is running for reelection). We are hoping for a repeat sweep over the GOP again.
Delaware County Council - Three seats (out of five) up for election.
Since a charter change over 40 years ago, Delaware County has been the only county – out of 67 counties in Pennsylvania – with no minority party representation. Every other county requires at least one minority party member in the county governing body. For example, Montgomery must have at least one of three members from the minority party. Philadelphia requires at least two minority party members on its 17 person City Council. But Delaware County had been 5-0 Republican for decades. Even before the charter change, no Democrat had ever beaten a Republican in a county council election for 140 years! That is, until 2017. Last year, two seats were up for election and Democrats Brian Zidek and Kevin Madden won them both. So the Delaware County Council has been under 3-2 GOP control since then. In 2019, the other three seats (all GOP held) are up for election. We hope to win all three and flip control of Delaware County for the first time in 140+ years. A large number of Democratic candidates have announced for the three available seats. Radnor’s own Elaine Schaefer is an odds-on favorite to win the Primary and go on to win in November to be the first Democratic woman ever elected to Delaware County Council. Elaine has a stellar record of accomplishment in Radnor and deserves our enthusiastic support. There are several other quality candidates too and we will have a chance to meet them at our upcoming meetings.
Delaware County Common Pleas Court Judge (four seats)
There will be four vacancies on the 20-member Delaware County Court of Common Pleas. For over 140 years, no Democrat has ever been elected to this court. A few Democrats have served when appointed to fill a vacancy, but then always lost the following election. Next year, four Democrats are likely to be elected. Among them will hopefully be Radnor’s own Steve Chanenson, currently a Villanova Law School Professor and member of the Pennsylvania Sentencing Commission. Steve ran in 2013 and was the only Democrat to receive the endorsement of the Delaware County Daily Times. Before coming to Villanova, Steve clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justices Brennan and Souter, was a federal prosecutor, and practiced law in the private sector. In addition to Steve, several other outstanding candidates have announced their intentions to run and we will have a chance to meet them at our upcoming meetings.
Delaware County District Attorney
Jack Stollsteimer, former state and federal prosecutor, currently Deputy State Treasurer and former Democratic Chair of Haverford Township is the preeminent announced candidate for District Attorney and will make us all proud as the first elected Democrat in history to hold that position.
So let’s take one last proud, happy, but fleeting glimpse behind us, before we move ahead and make history in 2019 by sweeping Delaware County into the solidly blue column for the first time.
You’ll be glad to know that Democrats won every race in every precinct in the entire township! This has never happened before. Even in previously ‘red’ precincts, Democrats won Radnor up and down the ballot this year. Wow!
We cannot be satisfied. We must keep winning to counteract the poisonous policies of the GOP. Our collective future is riding on it.
I hope you’ll be able to attend the Radnor Democratic Committee Holiday Party at my house next Friday, Dec. 14th at 7 pm
Lastly, please mark your calendars for 7:00 pm on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at the Library for the next RDC meeting.
Have a great holiday season!
Chair, Radnor Democratic Committee