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

July 12, 2018
 

NEWS

Radnor Democrats Well Represented at Wayne Music Festival 
A big thanks to all of you who staffed or visited our booth at the Wayne Music Festival on June 9th!

Lisa Borowski, Elaine Schaefer, Jim Bowdre, Danielle Kleinman, George Badey, Mary Gay Scanlon, and Rob Armstrong

Colleen Guiney Elected Chair of Delaware County Democratic Committee     
On June 3rd, members of municipal Democratic committees throughout Delaware County met to elect the Chair of the Delaware County Democrats. Outgoing Chair David Landau and Plumbers Union leader John Kane jointly nominated unity candidate Colleen Guiney to lead our county party. With an overwhelming show of support from her fellow Delco Dems, Colleen was unanimously elected Chair. Please congratulate Colleen and honor her achievement by making a donation to the DelCo Dems here
Colleen Guiney addressing the Delaware County Democratic Committee on June 3rd

Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee Elects New Leadership
The PA Dems reorganization meeting was held June 15-16th in Harrisburg. The new State Committee members elected the following officers:
 
Chair - Nancy Mills 
Vice Chair - Senator Sharif Street
Recording Secretary - Kathryn Huggins
Corresponding Secretary - Janet Diaz
Treasurer - Alex Reber
 
The Chair of the Southeast Caucus, Jerry Lawrence, delivered a presentation in which he noted that the Southeast Caucus, which includes Delaware County, is now the largest geographic caucus. We now have 69 members on the State Committee and will be adding four at-large appointments. An explosion of the number of Democrats in our area means that the greatest growth in the PA Democratic Party is in the Southeast.
 
The State Committee also thanked the Women's Caucus for hosting a well attended candidates' forum for those running for leadership positions. Delaware County's own Mary Ellen Balchunis led the planning efforts for the forum. She has also recently been elected Vice Chair of the Women's Caucus. 
 
A total of 122 new members energized the State Committee meeting. The importance of reelecting Governor Tom Wolf and U.S. Senator Bob Casey was stressed often and throughout, as well as the need to pay more attention to the rural parts of our Commonwealth.
 
Training sessions included: Engaging GenZ, Best Practices for Party Building, and the "Hustle" texting platform. Readers of this newsletter can also receive training through PA Dems. For more information, please email Katie.
 
Outgoing Chair Jack Hanna and incoming Chair Nancy Mills talked about the importance of Democratic values, especially at a time when families are being torn apart at the border. Jack also mentioned the momentum and importance of student-led activism in the gun violence prevention movement since the Parkland shooting.
 
Members were also elected to the executive committee, by state senate district. Ray Santarelli, Sharon Booker, and Jean Davidson won from the Southeast district, giving DelCo three representatives on the state executive committee. 
 
The next State Committee meeting is in September, and the November general election will be the focus.
Colleen Guiney with members of PADSC representing Delaware County

ACTION ITEMS

Help Elect Jennifer O'Mara
Jenn needs your help to unseat Republican Alex Charlton from the PA State House! Sign up here to canvass or otherwise volunteer on her July 14th Day of Action.


#SaveSCOTUS
Trump has nominated Brett Kavanaugh as the next Supreme Court Justice. From Monday, July 9th, until Friday, July 13th, across the nation, we show up at Senate District Offices to demand that our Senators protect our democracy—our choice, our affordable health care, our rights—and #SaveSCOTUS. Find such an event here.

 
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!

UPCOMING EVENTS

Luncheon with U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Kamala Harris (D-CA)
Friday, July 13th, Noon-1:30pm
Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse
111 South 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA
Please join U.S. Senator Bob Casey and special guest U.S. Senator Kamala Harris for a lunch reception benefiting the Keystone Victory Fund, which will help elect candidates up and down the ballot in Pennsylvania this November. RSVP/contribute here.

Special Event with U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Kamala Harris (D-CA)
Friday, July 13th, 2:30-5pm
First District Plaza
3801 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA
Senator Kamala Harris will be in Philadelphia with Senator Bob Casey and other Pennsylvania Democratic candidates this Friday. Come show your support and hear Senator Harris talk about the importance of voting in the midterms in November. Pennsylvania is a battleground state in the fight to take back Congress, so don't miss this opportunity to get involved. This event is free to the public. RSVP here.

Radnor Democrats Monthly Meeting
Tuesday, July 17th, 7pm
Radnorshire Room, Radnor Township Municipal Building
301 Iven Avenue, Radnor, PA
All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Women's Democratic Club of Delaware County Crab Feast
Saturday, July 21st, 1-5pm
Lia's Catering
1405 Meetinghouse Road, Boothwyn, PA
Join the WDCDC for their Crab Feast to celebrate the 2018 winners of the WDCDC annual scholarship and meet candidates for local and state offices. Attendees will enjoy a full lunch, cash bar, raffle, dancing, and fun photos. Register here.

Delaware County Democrats Summer Picnic
Sunday, August 12th, 2-4pm
Ridley Creek State Park, Pavilion 11-A, Media, PA
Join your fellow Democrats for our annual Summer Picnic. Zac's Hamburgers will be serving delicious hamburgers and hot dogs. Bring a dish to share and come enjoy the food and fun. RSVP here.

Radnor Democrats Monthly Meeting
Tuesday, August 14th, 7pm
Radnorshire Room, Radnor Township Municipal Building
301 Iven Avenue, Radnor, PA
All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Radnor Democrats Monthly Meeting
Tuesday, September 11th, 7pm
Radnorshire Room, Radnor Township Municipal Building
301 Iven Avenue, Radnor, PA
All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

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!

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
Tuesday, October 9th, 7pm
Radnorshire Room, Radnor Township Municipal Building
301 Iven Avenue, Radnor, PA
All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Radnor Democrats Present: A Special Evening of Humor with Lucy Bell Jarka-Sellers
Thursday, October 18th, 7-9pm
Join the Radnor Democrats for a special evening of humor with Lucy Bell W. Jarka-Sellers, author of the political satire "Meet John Dough, Superhero: A Political Fantasy." Details to come.

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.

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

DID YOU KNOW?
 

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives is the lower house of the bicameral Pennsylvania General Assembly, the legislature of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. There are 203 members, each elected for two-year terms from single-member Legislative Districts.
 

Following the 2016 elections, the PA House consisted of 121 Republicans and only 82 Democrats. Republican Mike Turzai was first elected Speaker of the PA House on January 6, 2015.


We need to elect more Democrats this fall like Jennifer O'Mara in the 165th Legislative District in order to take back the PA House! Please volunteer and/or contribute to her campaign today.

SPOTLIGHT ON:

Mary Gay Scanlon
Candidate, U.S. House (PA-5)

From the beginning, Mary Gay Scanlon’s career has been dedicated to serving others and fighting for children, women, the disenfranchised and underserved. Mary Gay Scanlon has been fighting for progressive values for over 35 years.

Mary Gay began her advocacy for children with the Support Center for Child Advocates where she has served as a volunteer attorney or board member since 1985. This led to her appointment as co-chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Commission on Children at Risk and many other boards and initiatives fighting for better lives for our children.

Mary Gay’s work on behalf of children and families continued with her work as an attorney for the Education Law Center of Pennsylvania where she fought for access to a quality public education and the rights of students with disabilities.

At the Education Law Center, she led two class action lawsuits to enforce the rights of students with disabilities. Additionally, she represented parents and students in individual cases to defend and enforce their rights.

Her expertise in education law and policy led to her being appointed to state-wide interagency councils implementing federal special education laws. She testified before the Pennsylvania legislature about the ill-effects of zero-tolerance policies, drafted legislative and regulatory proposals and produced training materials about many other areas surrounding Pennsylvania education policy.

From 2007 until 2015 Mary Gay was an elected Democrat on the Wallingford Swarthmore School Board where she was elected as Vice President and President of the Board.

​​Serving and being involved in the nuts and bolts of local government has given Mary Gay a deep understanding of how government works at its most basic level. Faced with vastly differing opinions from members of the board, Mary Gay excelled at finding creative, common sense compromises that led to real and positive results for students.

Mary Gay has served as the national Pro Bono Counsel at Ballard Spahr for 14 years. In that role, she directs and supervises over 650 lawyers in 15 offices providing more than 43,000 hours of pro bono legal services annually to low income clients and nonprofit organizations.

This nationally recognized pro bono practice has worked on critical issues such as fighting for fair pay and equitable treatment for women. This includes representing the U.S. Women’s Hockey Team in their strike in 2017 and the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team. In both cases women athletes were able to gain more equitable working conditions and compensation.

​The practice also has a long history of assisting those fleeing violence and persecution. They represent refugees, seekers of political asylum, victims of crime, domestic violence, and human trafficking. This work has taken on fresh urgency with the Trump administration seeking to implement unconstitutional restrictions and bans on travel to the United States and deportation of long term residents. When President Trump, shortly after his inauguration ordered a travel ban that stranded thousands of legal immigrants, attorneys from the program sprang into action, arriving at airports and writing habeas petitions from airport waiting rooms.

Recently, as part of the pro bono practice, Ballard Spahr volunteers in New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C., were trained as legal observers for the massive Women’s March on January 21, 2017 protecting their right to peaceably assemble.

Mary Gay has fought to protect the right to vote, serving as Co-Chair of the Voting Rights Task Force of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel, a program that combats voter suppression and gerrymandering. She has been fighting for voting rights for decades and has the experience and knowledge to take the fight to those who would deny this basic right to citizens of this country.

With her leadership, the law firm embraced the Wills for Heroes program which provides free estate planning for veterans and first responders. She organizes and volunteers for dozens of Wills for Heroes clinics annually, giving peace of mind to first responders, veterans and their families.

​The pro bono practice also has a strong record of assisting the previously incarcerated with clearing their records, enabling them to fully participate and re-integrate into society. In addition to representing juveniles whose constitutional rights have been violated, she and her colleagues have obtained 29 Presidential grants of clemency for nonviolent offenders.

Mary Gay Scanlon attended the University of Pennsylvania Law School after graduating cum laude from Colgate University. Mary Gay then served as a Judicial Clerk for the Superior Court of Pennsylvania. Mary Gay and her husband Mark Stewart have raised three children Casey, Daniel and Matthew. All three children graduated from Wallingford-Swarthmore public schools. Mary Gay and Mark reside in Swarthmore with their two rescue dogs Abby and Emma, a cockatiel named TJ, and several chickens.


FROM THE CHAIR
 
We are in the summer calm before the fall storm / blue wave. Just last month, Colleen Guiney was elected unanimously, by acclimation, as the new Chair of the Delaware County Democratic Committee. It was the first time since 1992--26 years!--that we did not have a contested election for Delco Dems Chair. Also last month, we Radnor Dems unanimously reelected our unopposed slate of officers.

Although there will always be healthy disagreements, at least when it comes to party leadership, our local and regional Democratic committees are unified like never before. I want to personally thank all the committeepeople who voted for me and for our slate of officers so that we can continue our work. It has been gratifying to see Radnor first turn blue in 2009, and then strengthen our support in the township in the ensuing years. As the largest Democratically controlled municipality in Delaware County, we have been leading the way. I am so very proud to represent our township on the Delco Dems Leaders Council. We Democrats in Radnor are winners! Next year will be truly historic when Democrats are on track to take over the county completely. 

While we stay true to our values and treat our Republican neighbors with civility and decency, let's not forget that the Radnor Republican Party was out in force in 2016, working hard to elect Donald Trump. While we in Radnor helped to crush Trump by over 5,000 votes in a greater than 2 to 1 landslide in Radnor, Trump won the neighboring DelCo townships of Marple, Springfield, and Newtown. 

Just last month, the Radnor Republicans elected yet another new Chair--the third different chair since Democrats took control of Radnor in 2009. While there are still some nice people in the Radnor Republicans, they seem to be rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. Their once proud GOP national party has been hijacked by lunatics, and the Radnor Republican leadership still openly supports Trump! Racial polarization and scapegoating, environmental devastation, demonizing the media, and other fascist-leaning tendencies are the hallmark of being a Trump Republican in 2018. We must gently remind our friends that "friends don't let friends vote Republican anymore."

--George Badey
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