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Next Meeting: Tuesday, April 10th, 7pm, Township Building
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Chair George Badey, Vice Chair Tsiwen Law, Treasurer Rob Armstrong, Secretary Danielle Kleinman

April 9, 2018
 

NEWS

Delaware County Democrats Fail to Endorse a Candidate in PA-5 Race
On April 8th, 513 voting members (or their proxies) of the Delaware County Democratic Committee (DCDC) gathered at Upper Darby High School to consider the matter of whether and whom to endorse in the Democratic primary for the 5th Congressional District (PA-5). Some candidates in the race, including public school teacher Larry Arata, State Representative Margo Davidson, and State Representative Greg Vitali, urged the DCDC at the outset to decline to make any endorsement and embrace an open primary. This motion was voted down by the committee at the start of the meeting. Ultimately, 12 candidates were nominated for the endorsement: Arata, lawyer and Radnor Democratic Committee Chair George Badey, former CIA officer Shelley Chauncey, Chester Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland, former Philadelphia Deputy Mayor of Labor Rich Lazer, former Morgan Stanley wealth manager Lindy Li, former federal prosecutor and healthcare advocate Ashley Lunkenheimer, attorney Dan Muroff, attorney Mary Gay Scanlon, bioengineer Molly Sheehan, Vitali, and journalist David Wertime.

After the first round of voting, the following 6 candidates garnered the most votes and advanced to the second round: Scanlon (100), Lunkenheimer (86), Sheehan (63), Kirkland (55), Chauncey (49), and Badey (44). At this time, Chauncey withdrew her name from consideration for the endorsement and urged her supporters to vote for Lunkenheimer. Following the second round of voting, the top 3 vote-getters advanced to the third round: Scanlon (148), Lunkenheimer (134), and Sheehan (69), and Kirkland and Badey were eliminated. At this point, Badey urged his supporters to vote for Scanlon. After the third round, Sheehan was eliminated, with Scanlon (200) and Lunkenheimer (177) emerging with the most votes to advance to the fourth round of voting. At this time, Sheehan instructed her supporters to cast abstentions in all subsequent rounds of voting. Following the fourth round of voting, Scanlon received 218 votes and Lunkenheimer received 155, but there were 112 abstentions, which meant that neither candidate had garnered the support of 55% of those present and entitled to vote, which is required under the DCDC's bylaws to gain the endorsement. In the end, this means that we will have an open primary after all. However, the Democratic committees of each municipality, including Radnor, can still decide for themselves whether to endorse in this race. This will be a major topic of discussion at our April 10th meeting, so we strongly encourage you to attend.

Delaware County Democratic Committee Nominating Convention for PA-5

Shelly Chauncey Withdraws from PA-5 Race and Endorses Ashley Lunkenheimer
In a statement released on April 9th, Chauncey withdrew from the PA-5 race and threw her support behind Lunkenheimer: "In the interest of party unity, I am withdrawing my candidacy for PA’s 5th Congressional District. . . . We need a candidate with strong credentials and thoughtful stances to take our fight and our voice to Washington. For these reasons and more, I wholeheartedly endorse Ashley Lunkenheimer. She has fought for underserved populations in this district for decades and I am confident that Ashley will represent our district with honor, integrity, and tenacity."
 
ACTION ITEMS

Prevent Gun Violence: Tell Congress That Their "Thoughts and Prayers" Are Not Enough
On February 14th, a high school in Broward County, Florida, experienced a mass shooting when a former student used a legally purchased assault weapon to kill at least 17 students. This marked the 30th mass shooting and 18th school shooting to that point in 2018. Donald Trump and Members of Congress continue to extend “thoughts and prayers,” but it’s not enough. It is time for Congress to do something to stop this type of gun violence. Find out how you can pressure them to do so here.

Contribute to the RDC Special Election Fund
With the Vacancy Board's appointment of Republican Matt Marshall as the Interim Commissioner of Ward 1 on January 22nd, we have lost our Democratic majority on the Township Board of Commissioners. We need your support so that we can help Jack Larkin and Sean Farhy run strong, effective campaigns in their wards. Even if you do not live in Ward 1 or 7, you will be well served if Democrats regain the majority on the full Board. Every dollar you contribute helps; please help by clicking here!

UPCOMING EVENTS

Monthly Radnor Democrats Meeting
Tuesday, April 10th, 7pm
Radnorshire Room, Radnor Township Municipal Building
301 Iven Avenue, Radnor, PA
All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Whether the Radnor Democratic Committee should endorse a candidate in the primary for PA-5 will be a major topic of discussion, and we expect some of the PA-5 candidates to attend and speak.

Delaware County Democrats Annual FDR-JFK Dinner
Friday, April 13th
Drexelbrook
2700 Drexelbrook Road, Drexel Hill, PA
RSVP here. You can also support the DelCo Dems by becoming a member of the Chairman's Circle. Membership entitles you to two tickets to this annual FDR-JFK dinner and their annual holiday party, as well as the Chairman's Circle reception at the home of Chair David Landau.

Voter Registration Deadline
Monday, April 16th
Click here to register to vote or change your party affiliation in time for the Primary and Special Elections on May 15th!

Around the World Wine & Cheese Social for Sean Farhy, Commissioner Candidate for Ward 7
Saturday, April 21st, 6:30-8pm
Main Line Vintage
1217 West Chester Pike, Havertown, PA
Stop by Main Line Vintage for this social featuring fine wines and rare cheeses from all over the world and support Sean Farhy's campaign for 7th Ward Commissioner.

Monthly Radnor Democrats Meeting
Tuesday, May 1st, 7pm
Radnorshire Room, Radnor Township Municipal Building
301 Iven Avenue, Radnor, PA
All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Delaware County Council Meeting
Wednesday, May 2nd, 6pm
Radnorshire Room, Radnor Township Municipal Building
301 Iven Avenue, Radnor, PA
The governing body of our county will be holding one of its regular meetings right here in Radnor (they are usually held in Media, the county seat). For the first time in over a century, the County Council now has Democratic representation through members Kevin Madden and Brian Zidek. Come see what goes on at the county level. There is a period for public comment at the end of the meeting.

Deadline to Apply for Absentee Ballot
Tuesday, May 8th
Will you be out of town or otherwise unable to vote in person on Primary Day (May 15th)? If so, click here to request an absentee ballot in time for the Primary and Special Elections!

PRIMARY AND SPECIAL (WARDS 1 AND 7) ELECTIONS
Tuesday, May 15th
Click here to find your polling place. THEN GO VOTE!

Monthly Radnor Democrats Meeting
Tuesday, June 12th, 7pm
Radnorshire Room, Radnor Township Municipal Building
301 Iven Avenue, Radnor, PA
All are welcome and encouraged to attend.
DID YOU KNOW?

While the Delaware County Democrats failed to endorse a candidate in the PA-5 race, our counterparts, the Delaware County Republicans, have endorsed Radnor resident and lawyer Pearl Kim to be their nominee.
SPOTLIGHT ON:

Jack Larkin
Candidate, 1st Ward Commissioner

John “Jack” Larkin is an attorney and partner at Gawthrop Greenwood, PC, where he works in the firm's Litigation Department. Jack focuses his practice on municipal and corporate litigation. He is a member and former chair of the American Red Cross Leadership Board. His wife, Bobbie Nenno Larkin, is a Wealth Advisor at the Glenmede Trust Company, and their six-month-old daughter Margaret recently started daycare at Les Petits Cherubs at Bolingbroke Mansion. Jack and his wife are both conservatory violinists, and are members of St. Katharine of Siena Parish in Wayne.

Prior to joining Gawthrop Greenwood, Jack was an appellate litigator in the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office, where he appeared regularly before the Pennsylvania Superior Court, and periodically handled appeals to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. He continues his appellate practice today, civilly, before the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, and Pennsylvania’s Superior and Commonwealth Courts.

Jack’s published works have appeared in law journals at the Georgetown University School of Law, Vanderbilt Law School, the University of Florida Law School, and the American Journal of Trial Advocacy, as well as in the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Bar Quarterly and At Issue publications.

Jack is an alumnus of Oberlin College, where he graduated with honors. While at Villanova Law School he received the Pennsylvania Environmental Law Forum scholarship and was a Dean’s Merit Scholar. He has also received the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers’ Association’s James J. Mandarino Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy. He was named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers Magazine, and a “Top Lawyer” by Main Line Today in 2014-through-2017. To find out more about Jack and to support his campaign, click here.


FROM THE CHAIR
 
Last night’s Delaware County Democratic Committee Endorsement Convention was a microcosm of democracy in action. It was loud, it was contentious, but it was real. No one candidate was selected as the endorsed choice, but it was clear that two frontrunners emerged for Delaware County’s support: Ashley Lunkenheimer and Mary Gay Scanlon.

I want to thank the Radnor Committeepeople who supported me for your loyal and enthusiastic support of my candidacy throughout this process. We made it into round two, and somebody quipped to me on the way out last night that “...hey, you came in first out of the six white guys running, and you were the only one to make it to round two...” I was disappointed that I didn’t do better, but nobody can tell me now that this is not ‘the year of the woman.’ I was even more disappointed that we as a county committee did not succeed in endorsing one candidate. That was the whole point of having a convention. But we will move forward, at least in Radnor, with civility and decency. Either Mary Gay or Ashley will do a fine job in Congress.

This Congressional race will be a major topic of our discussion at tomorrow night’s meeting. We will also have our last meeting before the primary on May 1st, two weeks before the May 15th primary, when we can choose to endorse, or not.

In the meantime, our efforts must now be redirected toward making sure we win both special elections for commissioner--in Ward 1 and Ward 7 on May 15th.
I look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow night.  --George Badey
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