Biographical Information on Dems Seeking County Council Seats
The current Delaware County Council has 3 Republicans and 2 Democrats. All 3 of the seats held by Republicans are on the ballot in 2019. Democrats can gain the majority this year. Below are the individuals seeking the Delco Democratic Party’s three endorsements at the party’s County Nominating Convention on Feb. 24. They all spoke at the Haverford Democrats’ meeting on January 8. Below are brief biographies and very brief summaries of their remarks at the meeting.
Remember: all elected Democratic Party Committee members are expected to attend and vote in the endorsement process. If you are not an elected Committee member but want to share your views of these candidates with your representative to the convention, go to the Ward Organizations page to see your ward leader’s email and the names of all Committee in your ward and precinct.
Larry Arata: As a founder of Citizens for Good Government in 1997, Arata has lobbied for clean water and against hazardous waste in Delco. Following the 2017 overdose death of his 23-year-old son, Arata established the Opioid Crisis Action Network. He ran for U.S. Congress in the new PA-5 in 2018. A graduate of Haverford High School and Princeton University, with an MA in Education from Cabrini College. Arata teaches history and English and coaches football and wrestling at George Washington High School in Philadelphia. Prior to teaching, he spent 20 years in software sales. He lives in Havertown with his wife, Heather, and his daughter, Shelby.
Larry talked about his lifelong residence in Havertown, 1990’s activism around local environmental issues such as recycling, waste management, dangers of incinerator. Committed to preserving open space and close monitoring of LNG pipelines as well as reforming county bail system and providing drug treatment, not incarceration, for first offenders & probation violators. Calling for public health approach to opioid crisis.
Sharon Booker: Currently in her second term on Sharon Hill Borough Council, Booker is also on the Democratic State Committee and represents the 8th state senate district on the Executive Committee of the state Democratic Party. A 30-year veteran of various political campaigns, she is a founder and active member of the Sharon Hill Art and Culture Commission, for which she secured initial funding. Booker is the owner of a small business, previously worked in government administration, and is an alum of Temple University and Eckerd College. She lives in Sharon Hill Borough with her husband, 3 daughters, 2 sons-in-law, and six grandchildren.
Sharon argued that Democratic control of County Council can bring good government to a system corrupted by Republican monopoly, challenge the viability of the current private prison, create a public health administration so municipalities not doing the county’s work, institute a civil service exam to equalize access to those jobs, revise bidding process, and engage in economic development in neglected communities
Brett Burman: A resident of Edgmont Township, Burman is currently a private healthcare consultant, formerly a vice-president in the healthcare industry. He currently serves on the Pennsylvania Democratic Party’s State Committee and volunteers for the Delco Historical Society and as a consultant in campaign policy research. Burman has a B.A. from Washington University, St. Louis and did graduate work in Education at CUNY Lehman, followed by service as a Social Studies teacher with Teach for America.
Background in healthcare industry convinces him of need for a county public health system, which can be created without raising taxes. Experience in 2017 campaigns showed him the need to replace Republicans’ pay-to-play practices with transparent, ethical government. Prison reform to keep community safe and rehabilitate prisoners must also be priorities for County Council.
Anthony Moore: Currently Parks Services Manager for the City of Chester, he managed his mother’s successful campaign for Chester City Council in 2009. Involvement with City Planning Commission provided experience with bringing businesses to Chester.
Experience with Democrats taking over a governmental body from Republicans and finding evidence of records destruction, financial mismanagement, intent to leave such a mess that Democrats hobbled. Motivated by desire to end racist, sexist practices in the county that denies fair representation to all. Calls for county health system and improved services to seniors.
Tinu Moss: Currently the Borough Manager for the Borough of Yeadon and an attorney at Schuster Law in Media. On management team for Municipal Solutions, LLC, which handles financial management for Borough of Yeadon. Moss has a B.A. from Duke University, a law degree from Temple University, and a post-graduate law degree in Taxation. At Schuster Law, she specializes in family law and juvenile criminal matters. Moss has been an elected Committee member in the Yeadon Democratic Party since 2008 and ushers at the First Baptist Church of Darby. She lives in Yeadon with her husband Anthony and their son Aidyn.
Breadth of experience as financial consultant, lawyer, and office-holder in Yeadon leads her to call for a prison and prison board that is accountable to County Council and treats all offenders with care and respect. Need more resources and creativity in dealing with issues like homeless students. Wants to be part of the county-wide solution to problems of inequity in services and opportunities among county’s townships.
Andrew E. Nelson: An associate consultant for Municipal Solutions, the financial management company for the borough of Yeadon, Nelson is also an adjunct professor in Business at Harcum College and a business owner. After ten years in the U.S. Marine Corps, including combat duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, Nelson served as the Administrative Officer in charge of regional financial operations for the Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration. A graduate of Chester High School, Nelson has a degree in Business Administration from Penn State and an MBA from Temple. He lives in Chester City with his wife Troyanna and their three young children, is a member of Prince Hall Franklin #58 Masonic Lodge, and has sat on the boards of Chester EastSide Inc. and Chester Young Professionals.
Tough experiences growing up in Chester with father in prison, single mom, and violent streets drives him to see meaningful solutions to the current prison problem. Experience in Afghanistan with community development informs his relationship-based approach to building community in Chester. Sees need to end pay-to-play Republican rule, institute system of fair play in order to make real change.
Robert Radich: A resident of Landsdowne, Radich was Landsdowne Borough Auditor, 2007-2011 and Vice President of the Landsdowne Borough Council, 2011-2017. With a B.S. from Duquesne University and MBA from the University of Pittsburgh, Radich has worked in public finance and global banking. He now owns Special Needs Advocacy Services, which offers advice to special needs families on benefits eligibility and financial planning. He has passed exams for General Accounting and State Law administered by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. He lives with his wife Mary and has a son and daughter in their early twenties.
College-educated son of a Serbian immigrant father who became a UAW member. Wants to bring working-class perspective to Delco Council. Give residents more opportunities with public-private funds for microfinancing. Must transition out of private prison system because outsourcing is especially dangerous when dealing with a person’s civil rights. County needs to deal with opioid crisis as a public health issue.
Christine Reuther: Formerly a Nether Providence Township Commissioner and appointed member of the township’s Planning Commission, Reuther is now in her second 3-year term as the township’s appointed board member on the Central Delaware County (sewer) Authority. She is currently chair of the Nether Providence Democratic Committee as well as the solicitor for the Rutledge Borough and an elected Judge of Elections. She ran for County Council on the Democratic ticket in 2015. As a graduate of Haverford High School, Reuther earned an AB degree in Government from Harvard and a law degree from U.C.-Berkeley. She is a partner at McCausland Keen & Buckman in Devon, specializing in tax and business law. Reuther lives in Wallingford with her husband John. They have 3 daughters, ages 18-26.
Governing experience equips her to land running when we take control of Delco Council. Need an HR system with transparent hiring process to attract county workers who work for the citizens, not the Republican Party. Need for a public health department just one example of need for a county government that serves municipalities rather than pushing responsibilities on them. Vigorous reform will send the message that Democrats are here to stay on County Council
the first woman to serve as Board Chair. Trained as an attorney, Schaefer is currently Executive Director of Schuylkill River Greenways National Heritage Area, a non-profit that advocates for the river’s watershed and watershed communities. Previously, she was co-founder and Executive Director of the Radnor Conservancy, focused on land preservation and protection of natural resources. Still engaged with the Radnor Conservancy and on the boards of two regional trails, she is also active with the League of Women Voters and ran for state representative from the 165th district in 2016. A graduate of Boston College with a law degree from William & Mary, Schaefer has lived with her husband John in Newtown Square for 20 years, which is where they raised their three grown children.
Joined Radnor Board of Commissioners when Republican machine ignored overwhelming vote in favor of open space preservation. Brings experience with revamping government to make it transparent and accountable. Must reverse the damage of one-party rule in Delco and prevent it ever happening again. Need for prison reform, public health department, and meaningful open space and trails program underscores need for dramatic change in how we run the county government.
Monica Taylor: Currently a Director on the Upper Darby School Board, Taylor is co-chair of the Finance & Operations Committee, overseeing a budget that is second in size to Delaware County’s operating budget. After earning her BA from the University of Maine, playing professional basketball in Ireland, and training female cadets at West Point, she earned her Ph.D. in Kinesiology at the University of Pittsburgh. Taylor is now a professor and Director of the Exercise Physiology Program at the University of the Sciences where she also leads projects to teach high school students about careers in health care and introduce inner-city elementary students to STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math. She is on the Democratic Party State Committee and on the executive boards of the Women’s Democratic Club of Delaware County and the Delco Young Dems. Taylor lives in Drexel Hill with her husband and two young daughters.
Three policy priorities: workforce development, open space preservation, and linked reforms in prison system and public health. Was part of the slate that flipped the Upper Darby School Board and is ready to assert Democratic priorities in the county. Must provide more services, training, and opportunities for youth entering workforce out of high school and must approach criminal justice and public health as two sides of a coin, just as open space preservation part of creating a healthy county.
Richard Womack: Serving now as President of the Board of Commissioners for Darby Township, Womack is the Northeast Regional Field Representative for the National AFL-CIO in Washington, D.C. Elected to the Darby Board of Commissioners in 2009, re-elected in 2013, elected Vice-President of the Board in 2015 and appointed Darby Township Police Commissioner in 2015. Chair of the Darby Township Democratic Party and President and Founder of Darby Township Community First, a non-profit community organization. Graduate of Darby Township High, attended Mansfield State College, graduate of the National Labor College and the Negro Trade Union Leadership Council. He is member of the Communication Workers of America and lives in Darby Township with his daughter and granddaughter.
Part of transformation of Darby Township when Democrats took control from Republicans and 25-year-veteran of labor negotiations and contract hearings. Knows that reform can happen with organizing and strategizing skills. Must create more programs to prepare residents for jobs, improve services for seniors, and end privatization of the prison because incarceration cannot be about profit-making. Need government transparency and end to cronyism in Delco.