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2019 will be a difficult year for Radnor Democrats. Only one Republican seat is in contest in 2019, compared to three Democratic seats. The result is that Republicans have three opportunities to win a seat, while the Democrats have just one.

And it gets tougher.  Of the three Democratic seats that are in play, one will have no incumbent candidate, since John Nagle is retiring.  The other two seats are being fought for by me and my colleague Sean Farhy; we're technically incumbents, but because we were both elected in 2018's special election, neither one of us has the benefit of four full years on the job. 

Compounding the problem, 2019 is an off-off-year election, meaning that no high-profile state or national candidates are on the ballot. Motivating Democrats to get out and vote for Township Commissioners and School Board Members will be a challenge.

Most of the work we do as a Township is nonpartisan.  My Republican colleagues are not ideologically opposed to well-paved roads, and they don't cheer when our homes flood.  Nevertheless, I do believe that maintaining a Democratic majority in Radnor matters, and is important.

Ten years ago, Radnor Township elected a Democratic majority for the first time in a century.  The change came about after the exposure of financial irregularities that resulted in the termination of the Township's manager, some of which are still haunting the Township today.  The Radnor Democrats have committed themselves to transparency and financial responsibility since then, and the Township's success shows that it's been working.

But Jim Higgins, a Democrat, retired mid-term in 2018, and the Township Vacancy Board appointed a Republican to replace him, flipping the representation of the First Ward over the objections of the voters, and giving the Republicans a majority for the first time since 2010.  During the interval between that appointment and the special election, the Republican majority terminated the Township Solicitor and hired a titan of the Delaware County Republican Party to replace him.  Since then, my Republican colleagues have voted unanimously against necessary revenue increases for the Township, and have failed to support the financial commitment necessary for ending our stormwater problem.  Simply put, returning the Township to a Republican majority would be a step backward.

As a result, your help is crucial to securing the Township's future. Thank you so much for your generous support.

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Support the CampaignDonate Now

We need your help.

2019 will be a difficult year for Radnor Democrats. Only one Republican seat is in contest in 2019, compared to three Democratic seats. The result is that Republicans have three opportunities to win a seat, while the Democrats have just one.

Most of the work we do as a Township is nonpartisan.  My Republican colleagues are not ideologically opposed to well-paved roads, and they don't cheer when our homes flood.  Nevertheless, I do believe that maintaining a Democratic majority in Radnor matters, and is important.

Ten years ago, Radnor Township elected a Democratic majority for the first time in a century.  The change came about after the exposure of financial irregularities that resulted in the termination of the Township's manager, some of which are still haunting the Township today.  The Radnor Democrats have committed themselves to transparency and financial responsibility since then, and the Township's success shows that it's been working.

As a result, your help is crucial to securing the Township's future. Thank you so much for your generous support.

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A Local AttorneyAbout Jack Larkin



John “Jack” Larkin is an attorney and partner at Gawthrop Greenwood, PC, where he chairs 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 toddler daughter Margaret goes to daycare in Radnor. 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-2018. 

 

THE PLANA simple roadmap to keep Radnor moving forward.


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    Step 1: Infrastructure.

    Radnor Township is right at the heart of the Main Line, ideally placed for growth and development consistent with our small town feel. In spite of that, our aging infrastructure threatens our quality of life. It’s time for Radnor to move aggressively on storm water management and our sewers, and to work collaboratively with utilities to keep the community working.

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    Step 2: Integrity.

    The majority was elected because Radnor residents are committed to financial integrity. That means paying for the infrastructure and services we need and right sizing the ones we don’t. Fiscal responsibility needs to come before politics.

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    Step 3: Investment.

    Radnor’s economic engine is driven by its businesses and residents. Working in partnership with our colleagues in business and industry, Radnor can continue the good work it has begun to revitalize its downtown, parks, library, and public spaces.