Next Meeting: Wednesday, Sept. 12th, 7pm, Radnor Memorial Library
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Chair George Badey, Vice Chair Tsiwen Law, Treasurer Rob Armstrong, Secretary Danielle Kleinman

September 9, 2018


Radnor Democratic Committee Passes Resolution on Nomination of Brett Kavanaugh
On August 14th, the Radnor Democratic Committee unanimously passed a resolution regarding the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court. You can read the full text of the resolution here.

Radnor Democrats Elect Committeemembers for 2018-2022 Term
On May 15th, Democrats in each Radnor polling precinct elected up to two individuals to serve as their representatives on the Radnor Democratic Committee for the 2018-2022 term. Your newly elected Committeemembers are:

Ed Kennedy
Gary Rathsmill
Anna Badey
George Badey III
Diane Edbril
Anthony Vetrano
Jim Bowdre
Dan Diefenderfer
Betsy Kalish
Rob Armstrong
Cheryl Tumola
Lisa Goldstein
Elaine Paul Schaefer
Jannie Lau
Tom Speranza
Ken Frohlich
Tsiwen Law
Maria Brooks
Danielle Kleinman
Noreen Piatt
Rose Bartley
Pat Riley
Matthew Brukman
Dianne Thompson
The Radnor Democratic Committee is also in the process of appointing additional Committeemembers. The list of appointed Committeemembers will be published in the next edition of this newsletter.

Radnor Democratic Committee Elects Officers for 2018-2022 Term
At its June 12th meeting, the newly constituted Radnor Democratic Committee reelected George Badey as Chair, Tsiwen Law as Vice Chair, Rob Armstrong as Treasurer, and Danielle Kleinman as Secretary. 

Rob Armstrong, Danielle Kleinman, George Badey, and Tsiwen Law

Monthly Meetings of Radnor Democrats Moved to Second Wednesdays at Radnor Memorial Library
The Radnor Democratic Committee has voted to hold its monthly meetings, unless otherwise noted, in the Windsor Room of Radnor Memorial Library on the second Wednesday of each month at 7pm.


Volunteer at Radnor Fall Festival
The Radnor Democrats will again host a tent at this year's Radnor Fall Festival on Sunday, September 16th. Please sign up here to help us greet festival-goers and generate excitement for our Democratic candidates ahead of the consequential November midterm elections.
Help Revive Young Democrats Club at Radnor High School
Due to the recent graduation of its leadership, the Young Democrats Club at Radnor High School is in need of new leaders to revive the club. If you know of any interested RHS students looking to make a difference by getting involved in politics and the school community, please have them contact Rob Armstrong.

Contribute to the RDC General Election Fund
The voters have chosen an incredible slate of candidates for this fall's general election, but our work is not done. Any "Blue Wave" will not be a weather event; we must work hard to make it happen! Please contribute to the Radnor Democratic Committee so that we can help elect Democratic candidates up and down the ticket, from the State House to the Governor's mansion. Every dollar you contribute helps; please help by clicking here!


Radnor Democrats Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, September 12th, 7pm
Windsor Room, Radnor Memorial Library
114 West Wayne Avenue, Wayne, PA
Join us as we kick off the fall campaign season! All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

26th Annual Radnor Fall Festival
Sunday, September 16th, Noon
North Wayne Avenue, Wayne, PA
Make sure you stop by the Radnor Democrats' big blue tent!

First Day to Apply for Absentee Ballot
Monday, September 17th
Will you be out of town or otherwise unable to vote in person on Election Day (November 6th)? If so, click here to request an absentee ballot in time for the General Election!

Radnor Democrats Fall Picnic
Saturday, September 22nd, Noon
Fenimore Woods Park
99 Fenimore Road, Wayne, PA (intersection of Paul and Eagle Roads in Saint Davids)
Hear from candidates for office running in the 2018 general election and meet current officeholders as we rally and prepare for November 6th.

Radnor Township Board of Commissioners Meeting
Monday, September 24th, 6:30pm
Radnorshire Room, Radnor Township Municipal Building
301 Iven Avenue, Radnor, PA
Meetings of Radnor Township's governing body are open to the public, and all residents are welcome and encouraged to attend.

The CommUNITY Breakfast of the Main Line Undoing Racism Day
Wednesday, September 26th, 7:30am
Villanova University, Villanova, PA
A conversation featuring Dr. Candace Robertson-James and Dr. Anthony Stevenson. Register here.

Voter Registration Deadline
Tuesday, October 9th
Click here to register to vote in time for the General Election on November 6th!

Radnor Democrats Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, October 10th, 7pm
Windsor Room, Radnor Memorial Library
114 West Wayne Avenue, Wayne, PA
All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Delaware County Democrats Fall Cocktail Party
Friday, October 12th, 6pm
The Radnor Hotel
591 East Lancaster Avenue, Wayne, PA
All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Meet Your Democratic Candidates
Thursday, October 18th, 7-9pm
The Cottage at Valley Forge Flowers
503 West Lancaster Avenue, Wayne, PA
Join the Radnor Democrats for a special evening of fun and politics in anticipation of the momentous November 2018 election. Show your support for our Democratic candidates and chat with like-minded friends new and old. Most importantly, learn how to get involved! Expected speakers include: 
Mary Gay Scanlon for U.S. House of Representatives (PA-5)
Representative Greg Vitali for State House (PA-166)
Jennifer O’Mara for State House (PA-165)
Colleen Guiney (Chair, Delaware County Democrats)
Local author Lucy Bell W. Jarka-Sellers will also talk about her book “Meet John Dough–Super Hero,” which is an illustrated political satire of the Trump administration. Buy tickets.

Last Day to Request Absentee Ballot
Tuesday, October 30th
Will you be out of town or otherwise unable to vote in person on Election Day (November 6th)? If so, click here to request an absentee ballot in time for the General Election!

Deadline to Return Absentee Ballot
Friday, November 2nd, 5pm
The Board of Elections in Media (201 West Front Street) must receive your absentee ballot by 5pm.

Pre-Election Day Distribution of Materials
Saturday, November 3rd, 2-4pm
Windsor Room, Radnor Memorial Library
114 West Wayne Avenue, Wayne, PA
We will distribute campaign signs, literature and other materials to Election Day polling place volunteers.

Tuesday, November 6th, 7am-8pm
Click here to find your polling place. THEN GO VOTE!

Radnor Democrats Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, November 14th, 7pm
Windsor Room, Radnor Memorial Library
114 West Wayne Avenue, Wayne, PA
We will recap (and hopefully celebrate!) the results of the general election. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Delaware County Democrats Holiday Party
Friday, November 30th, 6:30pm


A precinct is the smallest political unit in the country. Each precinct corresponds to one
polling place where the residents of that precinct will go to vote, and it is at the precinct
level where elections are won or lost. Most importantly, the precinct is YOUR
neighborhood. You know the people, the schools, and the community centers. You
understand the problems, can relate to the concerns, and have a desire to improve your
neighborhood and precinct!

The precinct is the most important voting and organizational unit within Democratic
Party. Do not underestimate the value and importance of the Precinct Committee
Person. It is these committee persons actively working with the Democratic Party who
win elections at the local, state, and national level.

A committee person is an elected official of the Democratic Party. Each voting precinct
can have up to two committee people elected by the Democratic voters of that precinct
every four years. Precinct Committee Persons report to their area leader and/or municipal chair and up the County Party structure. Voters view their committee people as a resource for questions about candidates, issues, and voting.

Tom Wolf
Candidate, Governor of Pennsylvania

Tom grew up in Mt. Wolf, a small south central Pennsylvania town where he still lives in the house he was brought home to from the hospital.

Tom graduated from Dartmouth College (BA), the University of London (MA) and M.I.T. (PhD). During his studies, Tom joined the Peace Corps where he worked on agricultural and irrigation projects for two years in a small rural village in India.

While at the University of London, Tom met Frances, marrying in 1975. Together for 42 years, Tom and Frances have raised two wonderful daughters.

Frances Wolf is an accomplished oil painter whose impressive professional career includes jobs as a market researcher for a publishing firm and a planner for an engineering, architectural and environmental consulting firm. She has held leadership positions on numerous boards in York county and its region where she has focused much of her attention on issues to do with urban redevelopment and education.

Tom and Frances’ daughters Sarah and Katie attended York County public schools before going to college. Sarah is an architect and lives with her husband, Joe, in New York. Katie is a geologist and lives with her husband, Jamie, in Boston.

Tom has been deeply and broadly involved with his community in York and beyond. He has served in leadership positions on a wide range of non-profit as well as business boards. 

Together, he and Frances volunteered as Planned Parenthood escorts. They have regularly served meals at soup kitchens, and even rolled up their sleeves to help build a Little League baseball field.

In his spare time, you can find Tom taking in a baseball game, immersed in a book, or driving around in his beloved 2006 Jeep Wrangler.

After graduating from M.I.T., Tom returned home and worked as a forklift operator and warehouse worker in the family business.

Later Tom took a risk by securing a loan with his two cousins to buy his family’s business — and as CEO, he turned it into America’s largest supplier of kitchen cabinets and a leading provider of specialty building products.

In early 2009, Tom was preparing to announce his bid for governor when he received an urgent phone call. The company he sold three years earlier — a company he spent twenty-five years building and growing — was on the brink of going bankrupt and closing.

Instead of walking away and leaving his former employees to join the ranks of the unemployed, Tom immediately ended his campaign, bought the business back, and put every penny he had into saving his family business.

Tom changed the business model, transforming it from just a distributor of other people’s products to a company that sources its own American-made cabinets, competing directly with Chinese imports.

Tom led this turnaround the right way, by treating workers fairly with good wages and benefits. He even returns 20 to 30 percent of the company’s profits back to its workers – because he knows that their work is what truly makes the company successful.

In November of 2014, Tom was elected Governor of Pennsylvania after driving hundreds of miles across the commonwealth in his 2006 Jeep Wrangler to meet with families, business owners, and hard-working Pennsylvanians.

The first thing Tom did as governor was to declare that he wouldn’t accept a salary or a pension, banned his administration from accepting gifts, reformed legal contracting to end the pay-to-play culture in Harrisburg, and made his daily schedule available to the public.

As promised during his campaign, Tom invested more in education at all levels than any governor before him. He has restored the billion dollar cut made by Harrisburg Republicans in the previous administration that devastated our schools so that we can set our children and our economy up for success, and he passed a fair funding formula to take politics out of school funding once and for all.

Tom is also growing the economy by moving ahead on large projects like the Shell Cracker Plant in Western Pennsylvania, the Port of Philadelphia, a steel plant in Johnstown, and expanding companies like Amazon to make Pennsylvania a technology hub. He even saved the jobs of working Pennsylvanians at a plant in Easton, Pennsylvania for Majestic Athletic the official provider of on-field uniforms for all 30 Major League Baseball teams.

Tom is also dedicated to ensuring that Pennsylvanians have access to quality and affordable health care. That’s why one of his first acts in office was to expand Medicaid which has given an additional 720,000 Pennsylvanians access to health care and he increased enrollment in CHIP by twenty percent. The governor’s actions have reduced Pennsylvania’s uninsured rate well below the national average to its lowest point in history and has made the commonwealth a national leader in new and innovative ways to battle the opioid epidemic that is ravaging Pennsylvania communities and families.

To protect our seniors, Tom has increased opportunities for older Pennsylvanians to remain in their homes, stood up to Donald Trump’s proposed “age tax” on insurance, and has saved more than 180,000 seniors from losing their Medicare Advantage health plans.

He’s also worked across the aisle to move long-stalled legislation like medical marijuana legalization, liquor modernization, and pension reform.

Labor Day is in the rearview mirror, so we now embark on the most pivotal and crucial midterm election in our lifetimes. The soul of our nation, indeed, the essence of what America stands for, will be determined on November 6, 2018. We must send a resounding message and turn the U.S. House and Senate solidly blue in order to stop the dangerous Trump agenda. In Radnor, we will do our part by reelecting Bob Casey to the Senate and sending Mary Gay Scanlon to the House. We must also reelect Governor Wolf, since with the extreme gerrymander still plaguing our State House and Senate districts, the Governor’s veto is all that stands between us Pennsylvanians and outrageous anti-environmental, anti-woman, anti-choice, and anti-worker state legislation. In Radnor’s two State House races, we must reelect Greg Vitali in the 166th and elect Jenn O’Mara in the 165th. If we do our job and register and turn out massive numbers of Democrats, it can and will be done. If the “Blue Wave” is achieved, we can begin to heal the damage and prevent further damage.
We will not achieve the “Blue Wave” by convincing delusional Trump supporters. If someone has lived through the last 20 months and still supports the madman in the White House, then they are probably too far gone. Your time will be much better spent getting out every single Democratic vote that we can muster. Our job and our solemn duty this fall will be to register and turn out as many Democrats as possible.
The LAST DAY TO REGISTER TO VOTE is October 9, 2018. Make sure all your friends and family are registered and will vote on November 6. The FIRST DAY TO APPLY FOR AN ABSENTEE BALLOT is September 17, 2018. (The last day to apply for an absentee ballot is October 30, 2018, but if you wait that long it probably will not arrive in time to be counted.)
We are still accepting requests to be appointed as an additional committeeperson in several Radnor precincts. If you are interested, please send me an
Remember, it’s 2018 now. Like it or not, the Republican Party is now the Party of Donald Trump. It’s a whole different world. And in Radnor, friends don’t let friends vote Republican.

--George Badey
All Politics Is Local, and positive change starts at home. Help us to build our party from the ground up, because today's local officials could become tomorrow's state and national leaders. Volunteer and/or donate today.
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