Democrats sweep race for Radnor commissioners posts
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.
Ward 7 Commissioner Sean Farhy, left, and Republican challenger Jane Galli, center, speak with a voter.
Ward 7 Commissioner Sean Farhy, left, and Jack Larkin, who won the Ward 1 commissioner contest.