Democrats sweep race for Rad­nor com­mis­sion­ers posts

Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - NEWS - By Linda Stein lstein@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @lstein­re­porter on Twit­ter

RAD­NOR » In both Ward 1 and Ward 7, the Demo­cratic can­di­dates for com­mis­sioner won hand­ily, ac­cord­ing to un­of­fi­cial re­sults Tues­day night.

Ward 7 Com­mis­sioner Sean Farhy, a small-busi­ness owner and fa­ther of two who was ap­pointed as in­terim com­mis­sioner, bested Re­pub­li­can chal­lenger Jane Galli by 535-256 in un­of­fi­cial num­bers that in­cluded ab­sen­tee bal­lots. This was Galli’s sec­ond try for the po­si­tion.

In Ward 1, where in­terim Com­mis­sioner Matt Mar­shall had de­cided not to run for the seat, lawyer Jack Larkin out polled Bill Mor­ris­sey, also a lawyer, for the seat formerly held by James Hig­gins, also a Demo­crat, by 500-294, to­tals that do not in­clude the ab­sen­tee bal­lots.

“It was a great night,” said Ge­orge Badey, chair­man of the Rad­nor Democrats.

“We are very ex­cited,” said Larkin. “This has been a long day. I’m ex­cited for the day to end and ex­cited for the re­sults. I thought this was go­ing to be a very tight race.”

He got to know Mor­ris­sey over the course of the campaign.

“Bill got as many peo­ple as turned out in the en­tire pri­mary last year,” said Larkin. “Bill did a fan­tas­tic job. He’s a great a guy. I wish he were a jerk. It would have been eas­ier.”

Larkin said he is anx­ious to be­gin to serve the peo­ple in Ward 1 af­ter the re­sults are cer­ti­fied, prob­a­bly by June.

“I’ve met a lot of peo­ple who are look­ing for help with issues,” said Larkin. “We’ve been bang­ing our heads as a town­ship, and I’m ex­cited to start help­ing them.”

“Congratulations to Jack, he ran a great campaign,” Mor­ris­sey said. “He’s a bright young man, a quick study, and I’m sure he’ll rep­re­sent our neigh­bor­hood with much needed en­ergy. I also want to say thank you to all my friends and neigh­bors who sup­ported me and ad­vo­cated on my be­half, many across party lines. I was hon­ored to see so many of them at the polls. We truly live in a spe­cial place.”

For his part, Farhy noted his “raw num­bers” show he re­ceived 66.5 per­cent of the vote.

“I am happy,” said Farhy. “I am ec­static the board is back Demo­cratic as it should have been and look for­ward to work­ing with ev­ery­one. And I also want to say thank you to Jane Galli. She ran a very clean campaign. She is a friend of mine and a friend to Ward 7, and I thank her for all of her ser­vice.”

Farhy added, “It’s not about me. It’s about what’s good for the ward and my friends and neigh­bors.”

Farhy also praised Mar­shall for serv­ing in the in­terim role “hon­or­ably.”

“I’m ab­so­lutely thrilled to be work­ing with Jack Larkin,” Farhy added. “He is a true pro­fes­sional and very knowl­edge­able about mu­nic­i­pal law.”

“Of course I’m dis­ap­pointed in the out­come,” Galli said. “I would re­ally have liked to help Rad­nor Town­ship as it moves for­ward. I think Sean and I ran good races. There wasn’t any back­stab­bing or snarky re­marks to­wards each other. We pre­sented the elec­torate with our points of you view for the town­ship, and they chose Sean to lead the 7th Ward. I have al­ready writ­ten to Sean to let him know that if he needs any help from me, he has it. The best part of this campaign was meet­ing old neigh­bors and new as I went door to door through­out the 7th Ward. I’d like to thank ev­ery­one who came out and voted. And a very spe­cial thank you to ev­ery­one who helped me dur­ing this campaign, most es­pe­cially my friends Toni Bai­ley, Sh­eryl Shin­del, Kelly Martin, Carol Grace, Carol Lohmeier, Alan Brink, Howard Gart­land and Austin Hep­burn and the en­tire Re­pub­li­can com­mit­tee who worked so hard with me. My big­gest thanks goes to my fam­ily, who sup­ported me with love, ad­vise and time, as I ran my campaign.”

“We had bet­ter can­di­dates than they did,” Alan Brink, chair­man of the Rad­nor GOP, said. “Un­for­tu­nately for the com­mu­nity, a lot of peo­ple can­not sep­a­rate na­tional pol­i­tics from lo­cal gov­ern­ment. The can­di­dates ran good cam­paigns.”

In Ward 1 and Ward 7, the Democrats also have more regis­tered vot­ers, he said.

“You had Demo­cratic turnout driven by that con­gres­sional race, as well,” Brink said.

The Ward 7 va­cancy oc­curred af­ter the ar­rest of for­mer Com­mis­sioner Phil Ahr, a Demo­crat, who had been board pres­i­dent at the time, on charges of possession and dis­tri­bu­tion of child pornog­ra­phy. Cases against Ahr re­main pend­ing in state and fed­eral court.

PETE BANNAN — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Ward 7 Com­mis­sioner Sean Farhy, left, and Re­pub­li­can chal­lenger Jane Galli, cen­ter, speak with a voter.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Ward 7 Com­mis­sioner Sean Farhy, left, and Jack Larkin, who won the Ward 1 com­mis­sioner con­test.

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