County Coun­cil: Dem Iraq, Afghan war vet gets in run­ning

Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Alex Rose [email protected]­tu­ry­ @arosedelco on Twit­ter

CH­ESTER >> A new chal­lenger has ap­peared in the crowded field of Democrats seek­ing three open seats on Delaware County Coun­cil this year.

An­drew E. Nel­son, 32, of Ch­ester, was poised to make his an­nounce­ment Fri­day evening at the MJ Freed Theater. His an­nounce­ment brings the num­ber of Democrats seek­ing the po­si­tion to an even dozen.

“My pas­sion is in my de­ci­sion to serve,” said Nel­son in a re­lease. “I want to de­velop and em­power young peo­ple. I want to use my gifts and my tal­ents to make Delco the best county it can be.”

An ad­junct pro­fes­sor at Har­cum Col­lege, Nel­son holds a B.S. in busi­ness from Penn State Univer­sity as well as a Master’s de­gree in busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion from Tem­ple Univer­sity.

Nel­son is also a 10-year com­bat vet­eran of the U.S. Ma­rine Corps serv­ing in Iraq and Afghanistan, which he said lends him a unique per­spec­tive on han­dling and im­prov­ing upon veter­ans af­fairs in the county.

Though he has not held an elected po­si­tion be­fore, Nel­son said his work as an ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer for the re­gional Depart­ment of Veter­ans Af­fairs Na­tional Ceme­tery sys­tem taught him the ins and outs of manag­ing bud­gets made up of state and fed­eral dol­lars and how to ne­go­ti­ate con­tracts.

Nel­son cur­rently works as a con­sul­tant for Mu­nic­i­pal So­lu­tions, which man­ages the Bor­ough of Yeadon. In that role, Nel­son said he helps man­age the staff and op­er­a­tions of the bor­ough, and he has be­come in­ti­mately ac­quainted with manag­ing the fi­nance, code, pub­lic works and other bor­ough de­part­ments.

Nel­son said he has seen first­hand the dev­as­tat­ing ef­fects of drug use on his own fam­ily, as well as the fail­ure of the jus­tice sys­tem to help those who strug­gle with ad­dic­tion re-en­ter so­ci­ety and bet­ter them­selves and their com­mu­ni­ties.

He is hop­ing to bring some di­ver­sity to county coun­cil as well as his mil­i­tary, busi­ness and real world ex­pe­ri­ences to fore in di­rect­ing the county’s path in the fu­ture.

Democrats Kevin M. Mad­den and Brian P. Zidek se­cured two seats on coun­cil in 2017, the first Democrats to do so in about 40 years. County coun­cil Chair­man John McBlain and Vice Chair­man Colleen Mor­rone have both served two four-year terms and are ineligible to run again due to term lim­its. The seat cur­rently held by Repub­li­can Michael Culp, who was ap­pointed to fill the re­main­ing term of state Sen. Tom McGar­rigle, R-26 of Spring­field, is also up for con­test.

Other Democrats who have ex­pressed an in­ter­est in run­ning are Larry Arata; Sharon Booker; Brett Bur­man; Fred Lesher; An­thony Moore; Tinu Moss; Robert Radich; Chris­tine Reuther; Elaine Paul Schaefer; Mon­ica Tay­lor; and Richard Wo­mack.

Delaware County Repub­li­can Party Vice Chair Carol Miller said she had also re­ceived two let­ters of in­ter­est from Cather­ine Chand­less and Stephanie “Sam” Fleet­man, but no one from the GOP has of­fi­cially an­nounced a can­di­dacy yet.

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