September 2020
Supporting Policies and Candidates
for Economic Growth and Prosperity

Doing What’s Right for Radnor...and America!
In This Issue

  • Chairman's Message
  • Mail-In Voting in PA
  • Think Before You Vote: A Difference in Perspective
  • Petition to Keep the Radnor Raider
  • On the Lighter Side: Rules for Thee, Not for Me
  • Virtual Candidate Forums Scheduled
  • On the Lighter Side: Rioters
  • Volunteer Positions Available
  • Signs Still Available
  • What YOU Can Do Now!
  • In Case You Missed It
  • Election Calendar
  • Upcoming Meetings and Events
  • Keeping You Informed (article and video links)
  • On the Lighter Side: Proxies
Chairman's Message

Dear Friends of the Radnor Community:

Last week we paused to reflect upon and remember the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on America that killed nearly 3,000 innocent Americans and plunged us into two decades of war. Among those killed, were more than 400 first responders, including 343 NY firefighters and 60 police officers from NYPD and the Port Authority, who ran into danger in order to protect and serve their fellow Americans on that tragic day.

Today, our police are under attack and deserve our support and respect, which is why I have attended multiple “Back the Blue” events in the area, and why I have a Back the Blue sign in front of my home. At this past Saturday’s event, Kathy Barnette, the Republican Candidate for U.S. Congress in the 4th PA District, spoke eloquently and forcefully about the importance of policing in minority and impoverished communities that benefit the most from active policing. Watch Kathy’s inspiring video here.

Also in this issue:

  • Mail-In Balloting: Find information below, including on how you may be impacted.
  • School District Board of Directors Dysfunction: Education takes a back seat to cancel culture in Radnor. While our students while away the day on Zoom, the nine Democrats on the School Board are more interested in how to cancel the Radnor Raider. See the note and petition below from a concerned group of parents.
  • Candidate Events This Week: See schedule below. I encourage you to participate in the “virtual” candidate forums this week. I am certain that you will see how incredibly competent are your Republican candidates, and demonstrably superior to their divisive Democrat opponents.
  • Black Voices for Trump event on September 26th at Valley Forge Park: Be inspired by Erin Johnson and her team, who so value the actions and deeds of the Trump administration that support the black community: Permanent funding of HBCUs, school choice, opportunity zones and prison reforms, to name a few. More information is available here.

Of late, I have been inspired by you – the many who have volunteered to support our community and our candidates this fall, and those who display signs supporting our country and our first responders in Radnor. Please consider supporting our efforts by volunteering (email us at volunteer@RadnorGOP.org) and supporting our candidates by displaying one of their yard signs (email us at signs@RadnorGOP.org).

I am proud of our candidates and our community (except for the annoying few who steal signs) and look forward to an exciting home stretch to the election.
Howard Gartland
Chairman
Radnor Republican Committee
Mail-In Voting in PA
The Wall Street Journal published an excellent article on the challenges of mail-in voting in PA (read it here and below), most of which are self-inflicted. The PA Republican House and Senate put forth a bill to correct and clarify many deficiencies in voting rules; however, it was vetoed by Governor Wolf. It is clear that the Democrats in Harrisburg and in Washington want chaos in PA in order to undercut a Trump Victory.

Issues of which you should be aware:

  • Polling places will return to their normal locations in Radnor. They will NOT be consolidated as they were in June. There will be some exceptions – for example, “4-2” cannot be in the Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Village and will move, perhaps permanently, to Ithan Elementary. A few final decisions are still pending, so check our website or the county website for updates.
  • Mail-In Ballot: When a voter applies for a mail-in ballot, the voter is asked if they want their mail-in ballot “just once” or “every time.” In Radnor to date, 3,600 voters have signed up for “permanent” mail-in voting, which means that you will always be mailed your ballot, and you DO NOT have the ability to vote in person, except by provisional ballot. Yes, you read that correctly. The ballot you receive in the mail from Delaware County is your official ballot. If you are unsure if you have signed up for permanent mail-in status, you should contact the election bureau.
  • Delaware County will begin mailing ballots during the week of September 28th, If you have signed up for mail-in voting be aware that your official ballot may arrive in the mail on or about October 1st. If you receive a ballot, I encourage you to mail it in early; there is a process to notify you that your ballot has been received by the county so that you can verify that your ballot was received.
  • Last month, we provided instructions for changing/rescinding your mail-in ballot status, but it requires mailing a form to Delaware County, and I would be concerned about the timing of any changes this close to the election. However, the form is available at the DelCo Board of Elections website here.

You can apply for either an absentee ballot or a mail-in ballot here.
Opinion | Mail-Vote Madness in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania has already suffered one interminable mail-vote delay in 2020, and a repeat in November could draw the entire country into a legal brawl, while putting the result of the presidential election into serious doubt.

Read more
www.wsj.com
Think Before You Vote: A Difference in Perspective
Petition to Keep the Radnor Raider
From Kate Hart. Radnor Resident (sign the petition here):

I am writing to express my disappointment in the Radnor School Board’s vote to remove the name Raider at Radnor High School. I believe they acted hastily and missed an important teachable moment for our children. The vote was taken after only one school board meeting that happened over the summer, during a pandemic, via a zoom call. Many residents were unaware that a meeting would be taking place, and that a vote would be cast to remove 100 years of history in our community. The board’s communication regarding this meeting said it would be a discussion and they would determine next steps. There was no email to parents or students that a vote would take place, or any indication in their communications that they would vote on this matter. Many thought they would certainly form a committee that would meet with the Athletic Director, the Booster Club Presidents, poll the student body on their thoughts on the issue, and look into the financial implications before making this decision. Where would the funds come from to rebrand the district - from student programs or higher taxes? Most people are wondering why the school board would even meet on this issue during a time their energy needs to be focused on getting our children and teachers back in the classroom. Quite simply, the consensus is that the school board acted too quickly and did not do their due diligence.
 
During the Board’s meeting in August, I wrote that they should consider the history behind the name Raider at Radnor, how a Raider is not an ethnicity, and that they should remove the offensive imagery and rebrand the name as students see fit. I encouraged them to introduce units on the Lenape Indians in the third grade and ninth grade social studies units on local government, and to teach children how the imagery was hurtful to Native people. This compromise and sensible approach fell on deaf ears.
 
Many people can agree that Native American imagery as associated with a mascot can be considered offensive. We can also be respectful of the Metoxen’s family’s request to remove the imagery even though it was originally intended to honor their grandfather who coached our football team for years. We can request that the school board reconsider their decision and keep the name Raider, as the name has no connection to any ethnic group. It can be a Pirate, a Navy Plane, a red bird, a ship, or a Viking. The Radnor Young Raiders football team existed in Radnor for years with a simple letter R as its logo. The school board’s rash decision has caused unnecessary division in the community when our students are already stressed about returning to school during a pandemic. 
 
As I write this letter, over 1,200 Radnor residents have signed a petition started by a Radnor High School Senior student. She is urging the board to reconsider their actions and allow the community to keep the name we have identified with for almost 100 years. We feel we did not have the opportunity to voice our opinions on this issue before a vote took place. We agree the imagery should be retired, but the name which had no connection to Native Americans initially, should remain.
              
We live in such a divisive and divided time and the one-party school board’s decision can be seen as politically motivated by some. This young woman’s petition is an example of how a community can find compromise during such a politically charged time. Our school board missed an important teachable moment for our children- to show them that you can disagree on issues, but you can also come together, and listen to people on both sides of an argument, and find a solution that benefits all. I am hopeful the over 1,200 voices and counting in Radnor will urge them to reconsider and heal our community.
On the Lighter Side: Rules for Thee, Not for Me
Virtual Candidate Forums Scheduled
The League of Women Voters has scheduled three Virtual Candidate Forums, as follows:

PA Senate 17th District Forum
Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 7 PM

The candidates are Ellen Fisher (R) and Amanda Cappelletti (D). The event will be livestreamed -- register to be reminded of the livestream link (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISJrWmTvVlM) and to submit your questions beforehand. More information is available here.
PA House 165th District Forum
Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 7 PM

The candidates are Robert Smythe, Jr. (R) and Jennifer O'Mara (D). The event will be livestreamed -- register to be reminded of the livestream link (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLNb77aixrc) and to submit your questions beforehand. More information is available here.
PA House 166th District Forum
Sunday, October 4, 2020 at 3 PM

The candidates are Christine Boyle (R) and Gregory Vitali (D). The event will be livestreamed -- register to be reminded of the livestream link (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmWbXOHUvEQ) and to submit your questions beforehand. More information is available here.
On the Lighter Side: Rioters
Volunteer Positions Available
Please email us at volunteer@RadnorGOP.org if you are interested in any of the following election-related roles this year:

  • Poll Worker on Election Day: Some positions are paid for the day as well.
  • Poll Watcher on Election Day: Help oversee election processes and counting on behalf of a candidate or committee.
  • Attorneys: The Biden Campaign has registered hundreds of attorneys to contest ballots nationally and in PA. if you are an attorney in Delaware County, we need your help on election day and during the count of ballots to ensure that all properly cast ballots are counted.
Signs Still Available
The Radnor GOP started deploying the signs below to patriotic individuals throughout Radnor last month, and the demand was substantial. If you're interested in displaying one or both signs, please contact us at signs@RadnorGOP.org. We will gladly accept donations to defray the cost of the signs.
 
Thanks to all who have already donated and supported the effort...and those that will!
What YOU Can Do Now!
 
Share your feedback. Email us at feedback@RadnorGOP.org.

Volunteer to help. Email us at volunteer@RadnorGOP.org.

Interested in running for office, in Radnor or elsewhere? Email us at info@RadnorGOP.org.

Make a donation to support Republican candidates representing our interests. No gift is too small. You can make a contribution by sending a check to Radnor Republican Campaign Committee, 242 Ravenscliff Road, St. Davids, PA 19087 or simply clicking here or on the yellow "Donate Now" button above or on any page of our website.
 
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Election Calendar
Oct 19
Monday
Last Day to Register Before the General Election
Register to vote here. It's easy!
Oct 27
Tuesday
Last Day to Apply for a Civilian Absentee or Mail-In Ballot
It is strongly recommended to apply well before this date. Apply for an absentee ballot or mail-in ballot here. It's easy!
Nov 3
Tuesday
8 PM
Last Day for County to Receive Absentee and Mail-In Ballots
If you missed the last day to apply for an absentee or mail-in ballot, you can still vote absentee by visiting the DelCo Voter Registration office in person, as long as you do so by close of business on Friday, October 30. You can apply for, receive and complete your absentee ballot in 10 minutes, right at the Registration Office. More information is available here.
Nov 3
Tuesday
7 AM-8 PM
GENERAL ELECTION
Radnor polls are open 7 AM-8 PM.
Find your polling place here.
Upcoming Meetings and Events
Sep 14
Monday
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 16
Wednesday
6 PM
Dasha for Congress Meet-and-Greet
Dasha Pruett is the Republican candidate for U.S. Congress in the PA 5th District. Click here for more information.
Sep 16
Wednesday
7 PM
Virtual Candidates Forum: PA Senate 17th District
Click here for more information, including the livestream link.
Sep 17
Thursday
7 PM
Virtual Candidates Forum: PA House 165th District
Click here for more information, including the livestream link.
Sep 21
Monday
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 22
Tuesday
7 PM
Radnor Township School District Special Board Meeting to Discuss Reopening Phases
Click here to view the School Board meeting agendas and minutes. Meeting videos may be viewed on the District's YouTube Channel.
Where: Possibly a virtual meeting
Sep 23
Wednesday
7 PM
Radnor GOP Committee Meeting
Where: Virtual Meeting - Please look under "Events" on our Facebook page.
Sep 24
Thursday
5:30 PM
Reception in Support of Bob Smythe for State Representative
Bob is our State Representative Candidate for the 165th District. Click here for more information. The event will be held outside and social distancing measures will be in place. Due to Covid-19 RSVPs are REQUIRED. Walk-ins will not be allowed. 
Where: Springfield Country Club, 400 W. Sproul Road, Springfield, PA 19064
Sep 26
Saturday
11 AM-1 PM
Black Voices For Trump Rally at Valley Forge National Historic Park
Click here for more information.
Where: Valley Forge National Historic Park, 1400 North Outer Line Drive, King of Prussia, PA 19406
Sep 29
Tuesday
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: Possibly a virtual meeting
Oct 4
Sunday
3 PM
Virtual Candidates Forum: PA House 166th District
Click here for more information, including the livestream link.
Oct 5
Monday
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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"Blow them out of office this November"

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On the Lighter Side: Proxies
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