The Delaware County Democratic Committee endorsed a full slate of candidates for county seats that will be on the ballot this year, from county council to the row officers to two Common Pleas Court judgeships.
"The Delaware County Demcoratic Committee met on Thursday in a hybrid convention - with the overwhelming majority of voters participating in a zoom call and electronic voting," Colleen Guiney, chair of the committee, said. "A smaller number voted in person in a socially distanced, COVID safe environment. We are pleased with the endorsement of a highly qualified and dedicated team of public servants, and look forward to the opportunity to work to earn the votes of the people of Delco."
For county council, the Democrats endorsed incumbent Councilman Kevin Madden and labor advocate Richard Womack.
"I am honored and humbled by the continued support of the Delaware County Democratic Committee," he said. "The work that Brian and I began four years ago continues today, and I look forward to working with Richard Womack and my current colleagues on County Council to build a government that serves all its residents, not just the connected few, as it did for so long. Much work remains, and I am excited to complete the job."
Madden of Haverford was first elected to council in 2017 and also serves as chairman of the Delaware County Jail Oversight Board.
In addition to an extensive career with the AFL-CIO and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Womack served as a Darby Township commissioner for 12 years.
“I am so honored and humbled to be endorsed by the Delaware County Democrats for my campaign for county council," he said. "Thank you to the Delco Dems for organizing this convention in unprecedented times, and to all of the committee people for supporting me. I am looking forward to working with you, and my fellow candidates as we move onward to victory in November."
Council Chairman Brian Zidek has chosen not to seek re-election for personal and business reasons.
Three other incumbents - Controller Joanne Phillips, Sheriff Jerry L. Sanders Jr. and Register of Wills Rachel Ezell Berry - also received backing from the committee.
“I ran for County Controller to build good government from the ground up. Serving the people of Delaware County is a great honor and a greater responsibility," Phillips said. "I emphasize in my office that our number one priority is to work for our residents and safeguard our resources, and I have built a strong team that is dedicated to our mission. I am grateful to be nominated to run for a second term because I want to continue our work, especially when our community faces incredible challenges. I will continue to be a steady independent voice for the people.”
In addition to being the first Black row officer in Delaware County, Sanders also advocated on behalf of his deputies when he lobbied county council for a $5 an hour raise for them. His deputies did see a raise and the request led to the county engaging in a compensation study for its employees.
"I thank the people of Delaware County for the vote of confidence given to me in 2017," Sanders said upon receiving the Democratic endorsement. "As sheriff of Delaware County, I have worked hard to live up to your expectations. I ask you for a second term to build upon what we started. “You are the wind beneath my wings.”
Ezell Berry was appointed to the Register of Wills position in March 2020 after Mary J. Walk resigned from that position to become the director of the Delaware County Office of Judicial Support.
"I’m honored to receive the endorsement. In less than one year on the job and during unprecedented challenges, I designed systems to probate over 2,000 estates and issue over 1,500 marriage licenses virtually; opened an e-commerce store; brought our records online; implemented innovative e-signature and print-at-home options that saved taxpayers thousands of dollars; and ran a budget surplus," she said. "I’m running to bring the register of wills office into the 21st century and want to finish what I’ve started."
The committee also made endorsements for two open Common Pleas Court positions.
Tinu Moss of Yeadon is an attorney who specializes in family, civil and criminal law with an emphasis on youth offenders.
"I'm honored to be endorsed by the Delaware County Democratic Party," she said. "I know how much time and energy the committee members have put into this process, and I'm thankful to have their support. Together, we will bring more impartiality, diversity, and experience to the Delaware County Court of the Common Pleas."
Magisterial District Judge Deborah Krull, covering the Media, Swarthmore and Nether Providence district, also received the support of her party.
"I am humbled and deeply grateful to have earned the endorsement of the Delaware County Democratic Party this evening in the race for the Court of Common Pleas," Krull said. "To all the members of the Democratic Committee: I cannot express enough how thankful I am for the time you have devoted to listening to and evaluating all of us candidates. To all of the candidates who sought the endorsement: Thank you for your desire to represent our party and serve the residents of Delaware County."
Earlier this month, the Delaware County Republican Party also announced their endorsements. They include Frank Agovino and Joe Lombardo for county council, Sherry Smyth for controller, Joshua Brown for sheriff and David Bartholf for register of wills and attorneys Deborah Truscello and Michael Ruggieri for the two open seats on the Common Pleas Court.