September 2019
Supporting Policies and Candidates
for Economic Growth and Prosperity

Fighting for Our Town – Fighting for Our Country
In This Issue

  • Chairman's Message
  • Candidate Statement: Benjamin Sydnes for School Board Director
  • Tell Me More: “What do Common Pleas Court Judges Do?”
  • In Their Own Words: Radnor School Board Candidates Interviewed
  • Supporting Our Candidates
  • Township Zoning Error Causing Garrett Hill Neighbors Grief
  • Flood Safety in Radnor
  • GOP Demands Stollsteimer Release of "Hate Hoax" Emails
  • What YOU Can Do Now!
  • Election Calendar
  • Upcoming Meetings and Events
  • Keeping You Informed (article and video links)
Chairman's Message

Dear Radnor Republicans and Friends:
The end of summer brings about many changes to our daily activities and, in the world of politics, it brings a focus on our pending elections. In 2019, it is all local – municipal, county and a few state-wide contests for Superior Court Judge.

In Radnor, we have excellent candidates running to serve our community on our Board of Commissioners, our School Board and for County offices of District Attorney, County Council and the Court of Common Pleas. The character of our community and its institutions are deeply affected by our local officials, and I hope that you can take the time to learn about each of them. When you do, I am certain they will have earned your vote on November 5 th.

You will be proud of each of our Republican candidates, who have records of serving their community thoughtfully, respectfully and competently. A profile of each candidate can be found on In this issue, we include a profile of Radnor grad Ben Sydnes who is running for School Board and bringing his information technology knowledge and local roots to better serve our community and his alma mater.

Tim Frey, 7 th Ward commissioner candidate, is already wielding influence to “right a zoning wrong” that adversely impacts the residents of Garrett Hill (more below). Tim’s rational, selfless competence is just what is needed to represent 7 th Ward residents.

Our District Attorney candidate, Katayoun Copeland, is a Radnor resident who we can all be proud of, and whose opponent models himself after Philadelphia’s D.A., Larry Krasner. Kat’s experience as a prosecutor and acting District Attorney and her success in drug trafficking convictions makes a vote for her in November critical to the future of Radnor and Delaware County.

Interested in assisting our exceptional candidates in the “home stretch” of their campaigns? 

  • Host a neighborhood “meet-and-greet” event for one or more of them.
  • Volunteer to assist their campaign before and during the election.
  • Ensure your vote counts. Not sure if you will be in town on Nov 5thRequest an absentee ballot, now, before it is too late to do so.
  • Make a financial contribution here.

Contact us at for more information on any of the above.

Read on for more information regarding our candidates and local issues of concern.
Howard Gartland
Radnor Republican Committee
Candidate Statement: Benjamin Sydnes for School Board Director
My name is Benjamin Sydnes, and I am running for School Board Director. As a member of the Radnor community for almost three decades, I am committed to continuing the legacy of excellence provided by the Radnor School District and building upon that foundation for future students. I attended Radnor Schools, starting at Ithan Elementary, and graduated from Radnor High before pursuing higher education. In service to the community, I was a member of the Citizens Advisory Committee and Technology Committee for the District and would be honored by your vote for School Board Director.

Education in our evolving environment is core to becoming a successful adult and we must prepare our children to meet the challenges of the future by giving them the tools for success. My background in information technology, financial management, and operational improvement taught me that, in order to fully understand a situation, we must be able to apply a general set of knowledge to break down a situation before attempting to solve it. Similarly, our students deserve a focus on their general well-being and, as a school director, I intend to focus on the mental, physical, and emotional needs of our students in a holistic approach to collegiate excellence. This includes initiatives to improve our use of technology within the classroom, a focus on good digital citizenship, combating bullying in all forms, teaching effective stress management, and instilling an interest in continuous learning.

I hope you will join me in our shared goals of continuing Radnor’s legacy of leading the state in excellence and blazing the trail for our future students to unlock our community’s potential.

Email Ben here .
Tell Me More: “What do Common Pleas Court Judges Do?”
Common Pleas Court judges preside over litigation matters. Instead of serving as advocates for a single party, which is the job of the lawyer, judges serve as the umpires, calling the balls and strikes and facilitating resolution of the controversies.
Delaware County is the fifth most populous county in the state.- The Delaware County Common Pleas bench is comprised of 21 judgeships. Currently there are only 17 sitting judges, which is why there are four open judgeships on the November 5, 2019 ballot .
Radnor’s own Steve Gerber is one of the candidates for Delaware County Court of Common Pleas.  If Steve is elected to the Court of Common Pleas on November 5, Steve will be the first Radnor resident elected to the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas in 20 years.
In Delaware County, judges serve in divisions to which they are assigned by the president judge, one of the sitting judges who is elected by the other judges. The four divisions are the criminal division, the civil division, the family division and orphans court.
Judges in the criminal division preside over criminal matters, ranging from petty theft and drug offenses to homicides. Judges in the civil division preside over civil matters, including tort matters arising out of car accidents and slip-and-falls, contract matters arising out of commercial disputes, labor and employment matters, land-use disputes and other civil controversies. Judges in the family law division preside over controversies such as marriage dissolutions and child custody issues. In the orphans’ court , the issues before the court often involve appointment of a guardian for an elderly person who may be incapacitated and will contests. Each of these divisions involves controversies where there are at least two sides to a dispute, each represented by a lawyer, and where the judge’s role is to take pleas, pass sentences, and, when a case goes to trial, preside over the trial.
As Steve says, if someone finds themselves in the Court of Common Pleas, life has thrown them a curve ball.  Just as in Steve’s legal practice, the sorts of occurrences which might lead to someone finding themselves in court are not the sort of events folks plan on. As a litigant and as a lawyer representing litigants, one wants a judge who will allow the parties to have their say, allow the lawyers to advocate for their clients and try their case, and then follow the law by calling the balls and strikes and facilitating a resolution to the controversy before the Court .
Among the candidates for Court of Common Pleas, Steve is eminently qualified to serve as a Judge . Steve has spent 27 years as a litigator handling property damage matters for property insurers and property owners. In fact, Steve just won a two-week jury trial in Cleveland involving a fire at a restaurant where Steve represented the property insurer . Steve is prepared to hit the ground running in whatever division to which he might be assigned.  Steve’s extensive experience in litigation and alternative dispute resolution (including mediation and arbitration), combined with his public service, including serving on the Radnor School Board , give him the practical background, experience and compassion to serve as a judge presiding over controversies and facilitating resolutions to those controversies, pursuant to existing law, with integrity and impartiality.

Review Steve's campaign collateral here.
Read Steve's bio here .
Email Steve here .
In Their Own Words: Radnor School Board Candidates Interviewed
Radnor's Republican School Board Director candidates were recently invited to appear on Radnor Studio 21's "Community Voices" program to discuss their reasons for wanting to be School Board Directors. Please click on the images below to watch what they had to say.

More information on the candidates is available at under "Candidates."
Laura Foran and Ben Sydnes : Click the image above to watch .
Mike Miller and Matt Mabe : Click the image above to watch .
Chuck Madden : Click the image above to watch .
Supporting Our Candidates
The Radnor Republican Campaign Committee and our township candidates need your help in funding their campaigns to support you and our community.  In addition to donating so much of their time and talent, they often fund much of their own campaign costs. You can help by making a donation today! Click on the yellow "Donate Now" button at right or mail a donation check to:
Radnor Republican Campaign Committee
242 Ravenscliff Road
St. Davids, PA 19087
The upcoming General Election on November 5 is all about local government and is a critical vote!
Thank you for your support!
Township Zoning Error Causing Garrett Hill Neighbors Grief

As reported recently on, in an article titled " Radnor Zoning Hearing Board hears arguments over too tall house ," a very unusual situation has pitted residents against a developer.

Tim Frey, Republican Commissioner candidate in the 7th Ward , opined "Garrett Hillians showed again just how important preserving our neighborhood is by showing up in numbers, and staying for hours, at zoning hearing on a Thursday night in late August. Since the zoning violation was first evident in late February, the community worked hard as we tried to get the Township to take action. Based upon what zoning board members said during deliberations, I fear that the Township acted too late because Garrett Hill’s commissioner had already conceded that he would accept a fine (which likely would be used outside of Garrett Hill) instead of compliance. Thankfully, by mobilizing, we still have a chance to address this matter now, and, by voting for me this fall, Garrett Hill will have a leader who will stand up for our laws and neighborhood ."

Radnor has a better choice for Commissioner of the 7th Ward: Tim Frey. Tim will be professional, thoughtful and a great representative of his community. Most assuredly he will not attack members of the community. Even the Democrats are embarrassed by Sean Farhy .

Visit Tim's website here and his Facebook page here .
Flood Safety in Radnor

Republican Ward 6 Commissioner Jake Abel posted the following on Facebook on August 13:

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the August 2018 floods, which impacted all areas of Radnor Township. While the Board continues to discuss stormwater issues, these projects are to manage water and will not prevent flooding during major storms. If the goal is to save lives and prevent damage to vehicles, we should adopt low-cost initiatives – prohibit vehicles from parking in flood prone areas, install arms to prevent vehicles from driving through flooded streets, and invest in a vehicle to support water rescues. We don’t need to spend millions to better protect our residents and first responders.
I have attached the subcommittee meeting [video] from September 2018 where I introduced several of these initiatives, including allowing residents to move their vehicles to parking lots for free during major storms (watch at ) . These lots are currently open for residents to use in anticipation of storms later this afternoon/evening.

Democratic Ward 7 Commissioner Sean Farhy, who is up for election this year, had a "nickel-and-dime" approach that didn't go over well with our first responders.
GOP Demands Stollsteimer Release of "Hate Hoax" Emails

Delaware County Republican Party Chairman Tom McGarrigle was joined by Delaware County Council Chairman John McBlain to demand answers and an apology for the “Hate Hoax” coordinated by Democratic District Attorney Candidate Jack Stollsteimer and the Delaware County Democratic Committee .
“This ‘Hate Hoax’ may be one of the lowest things I have ever seen in politics,” said Delaware County Republican Party Chairman Tom McGarrigle, “Eight weeks ago, Jack Stollsteimer and other Democratic officials from across the county stood on the Courthouse steps to falsely accuse innocent people of racism .”
“Prosecutors believe those claims are false,” continued McGarrigle, “And now, people may be going to jail for their lies.”
On July 26 th , 2019 Nik Hatziefstathiou, also known as ‘Nik the Hat,’ was criminally charged with three counts of tampering with public records, all felonies of the third degree. The records tampering involved forging racist content in emails from Delaware County employees. Led by Democratic District Attorney candidate Jack Stollsteimer, Democratic officials condemned courthouse employees on the courthouse steps via a press conference.

Read the full press release here .
What YOU Can Do Now!

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Election Calendar
Oct 29
Last Day to Apply for a Civilian Absentee Ballot
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Nov 1
Last Day to Submit a Civilian Absentee Ballot
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Nov 5
7 AM-8 PM
Radnor polls are open 7 AM-8 PM.
Find your polling place here.
Upcoming Meetings and Events
Sep 10
6-7:30 PM
Chester County Trump Victory Leadership Initiative Training
Click here for more information.
Where: 15 S. Church Street, West Chester, PA 19382  
Sep 14
12-5 PM
South Wayne PorchFest 2019
Click here for more information.
Where: (South) Wayne, PA
Sep 15
1-5 PM
27th Annual Radnor Fall Festival
Visit with our Republican candidates! Click here for more information.
Where: Wayne, PA
Sep 16
6:30 PM
Radnor Board of Commissioners Special Meeting
The purpose of this meeting is to discuss Tree Maintenance and Sidewalk Repairs . Click here to view the Board of Commissioners agendas and minutes. Meeting videos may be viewed on the  Township's YouTube Channel.
Where: Radnorshire Room in the Township Building, 301 Iven Avenue, Wayne, PA 19087
Sep 20
6 PM
Republican Party of Pennsylvania’s 2019 Fall Dinner
Special guest: The Honorable Dr. Ben Carson. Visit
Where: Hershey Lodge, 325 University Drive, Hershey, PA 17033
Sep 23
6:30 PM
Radnor Board of Commissioners Meeting
Click here to view the Board of Commissioners agendas and minutes. Meeting videos may be viewed on the  Township's YouTube Channel.
Where: Radnorshire Room in the Township Building, 301 Iven Avenue, Wayne, PA 19087
Sep 24
7 PM
Radnor Township School District Board Meeting
Click here to view the School Board meeting agendas and minutes. Meeting videos may be viewed on the  District's YouTube Channel .
Where: Radnorshire Room in the Township Building, 301 Iven Avenue, Wayne, PA 19087
Oct 6
1-4 PM
Fall Harvest & Great Pumpkin Patch
Click here for more information.
Where: The Willows Park, St. Davids, PA 19087
Oct 7
6:30 PM
Radnor Board of Commissioners Meeting
Click here to view the Board of Commissioners agendas and minutes. Meeting videos may be viewed on the  Township's YouTube Channel.
Where: Radnorshire Room in the Township Building, 301 Iven Avenue, Wayne, PA 19087
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