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Election day means plenty of choices for voters – The Delaware County Daily Times

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Clouds and low temperatures are expected for today’s election, but luckily not much in the way of rain that might keep voters from heading to the polls as they select a wide range of candidates for everything from constables to county council members.
Judicial races including the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Superior Court and Commonwealth Court top the ballot, and voters locally be will asked to fill two open seats on the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas.
There, Democrats Deborah Krull of Media and Tinu Moss of Yeadon will face Republicans Michael Ruggieri of Haverford and Deborah Truscello of Garnet Valley.
Incumbent Democratic County Councilman Kevin Madden is also seeking re-election for another four years, while current council Chairman Brian Zidek has decided not to run.
Former Darby Township Commissioner and labor leader Richard Womack will instead vie with Madden for county council against Republican challengers Frank Agovino, treasurer of the Springfield School Board, and outgoing Clifton Heights Mayor Joe Lombardo.
There are also three races for row officers, where incumbent Democratic Sheriff Jerry L. Sanders Jr. faces Republican Lawrence E. Weigand III; incumbent Democratic Controller Joanne Phillips hopes to hold off GOP challenger Sherry Smyth; and Democratic incumbent Register of Wills Rachel Ezzell Berry faces Republican David J. Bartholf.
Despite a voting edge of 201,951 registered Democrats to 151,063 Republicans in the county, Delco GOP Party Chairman Tom McGarrigle said Monday he was confident some recent issues will drive the faithful and independents out for his candidates.
McGarrigle pointed to a recent NBC News poll that put Democratic President Joe Biden’s approval rating at just 42 percent, as well as about 670 mail-in ballots that were apparently sent to the wrong people by a third-party vendor as potential turnout drivers.
Agovino and Lombardo filed an emergency petition asking that those ballots and another 5,500 sent out late be sequestered after a full accounting of the situation. Court of Common Pleas Judge Kelly Eckel dismissed the suit late Monday.
“I feel real good with our two candidates,” said McGarrigle. “They’re both small business guys with solid business experience.”
McGarrigle added that he hoped putting a couple Republicans back on county council – which is under full Democrat control for the first time in history – would provide some checks and balances. McGarrigle said he would also be watching contested school board races in Radnor and Haverford, as well as local government races in Springfield, Newtown and Concord.
Delaware County Democratic Party Chair Colleen Guiney worried about the amount of money flowing into school board races for “anti-science, anti-knowledge” candidates and said she is hoping that voters keep in mind the work that county council has done in the past two years.
She pointed to council working to get people vaccinated without a health department, establish a health department, and dispersing money to businesses, landlords and utility companies during the COVID-19 pandemic in a bid to save lives and keep residents in their homes or working as the economy faltered.
Guiney also pointed to Madden’s work in taking back control of the county jail from the private, for-profit company GEO, and council’s overall desire to have a more open and transparent government that is more responsive to residents.
“It takes a long time to fix things,” said Guiney. “There’s so much they’re still trying to do and I just hope voters want more of that.”
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