Why I Vote Local: Public Health

Delaware County ranks worst among neighboring suburban counties for lifespan, quality of life, & other social factors affecting public health. Some of our air pollution indicators even rival those of Los Angeles. Yet our county is the only one without an active Department of Public Health; instead, our Department of…

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Why I Vote Local: Pipeline

The Mariner East II pipelines for carrying natural gas liquids began to cut across Delaware County earlier this year—and almost immediately spilled contaminants into residential wells, creeks, & groundwater. Despite expressing concerns about safety, the Republican-controlled County Council has taken no action. Thanks to activists and Democratic leadership at the…

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Why I Vote Local: Transparency

Who gets all the insurance business, financial management fees, or building contracts issued by our county?  In Delaware County, finding budget details like county contracts & employee payroll information takes time and money, requiring multiple requests for information, forensic accounting, & in-person attendance at assembly & county council meetings. Compare…

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Why I Vote Local: Gun Violence

Young people in Chester are dying, & more than three quarters of their murders remain unsolved. Chester has the highest homicide rate of any city in the US–67 murders for every 100,000 residents, more than 13 times the national rate. If the current violence persists, 1 in 13 fifteen-year-old boys in Chester today will…

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Why I Vote Local: Education

Delaware County is home to 2 of the “Top Ten” high schools in PA, yet our county school districts combined have the 4th lowest graduation rate in the state. Compared to neighboring Montgomery & Chester counties, almost twice as many Delco students fall below grade level in math & reading,…

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