MTN Organizing Meeting Recap: Elected Dems Talk County Governance

Last Wednesday, March 27, Democrats elected to Delaware County government in 2017 talked to Moving the Needle members about their work, the difference they’ve been making on the job, and what’s at stake in the upcoming 2019 county elections. Register of Wills Mary Walk talked about the improvements she’s been making–like accepting appointments for getting licenses rather than making applicants wait indefinitely on benches–and  how she’s winning the respect of her office through hard work and even-handedness. Sheriff Jerry Sanders described being the only Democrat in the sheriff’s office as an opportunity “to make people see that we’re good people…The sheriff’s office puts the face of the court on the street, and it should be a human face.” He spoke about the challenge of keeping good staff when pay for deputies starts at $12.49/hour.

Council member Kevin Madden tied low pay for county employees to the county’s history of no-bid contracts for Council cronies, terrible hiring practices, and high taxes. He highlighted the county’s role in the debacle of the Mariner East pipeline project and the privately run George Hill Correctional Facility, and decried Delco’s slow response to the opioid crisis and lack of a public health department. He explained how critical it is to get a third Democrat on County Council in 2019—to have a majority—and highlighted the crucial roles of the Court of Common Pleas’ (four seats up for grabs this cycle) and District Attorney’s races.

Please join us next month at The Swarthmore Methodist Church (note change of venue: 129 Park Ave., Swarthmore, next to Borough Hall), to hear more about the judicial process and the problem of bail in Delaware County.