County Council Seats
The current Delaware County Council has 3 Republicans and 2 Democrats. All 3 of the seats held by Republicans are on the ballot in 2019. Democrats can gain the majority this year. Below are the individuals seeking the Delco Democratic Party’s 3 endorsements at the party’s County Nominating Convention on Feb. 24. All elected Democratic Party Committee members are expected to attend and vote in the endorsement process.
Larry Arata: As a founder of Citizens for Good Government in 1997, Arata successfully lobbied for open space preservation and putting the insurance broker contract out to an open bidding process in Haverford. Following the 2017 overdose death of his 23-year-old son, Brendan, Arata established the Opioid Crisis Action Network and a platform for provision and coverage of best practices treatment that 102 candidates adopted. He ran for U.S. Congress in the new PA-5 in 2018. A graduate of Haverford High School and Princeton University, with an MA in Education from Cabrini College, Arata teaches history and English and coaches football and wrestling at George Washington High School in Philadelphia. Prior to teaching, he spent 20 years in software sales. He lives in Havertown with his wife, Heather, and his daughter, Shelby.
Sharon Booker: Currently in her second term on Sharon Hill Borough Council, Booker is also on the Democratic State Committee and represents the 8th state senate district on the Executive Committee of the state Democratic Party. A 30-year veteran of various political campaigns, she is a founder and active member of the Sharon Hill Art and Culture Commission, for which she secured initial funding. Booker is the owner of a small business, previously worked in government administration, and is an alum of Temple University and Eckerd College. She lives in Sharon Hill Borough with her husband, 3 daughters, 2 sons-in-law, and six grandchildren.
Brett Burman: A resident of Edgemont Township, Burman is currently a private healthcare consultant, formerly a vice-president in the healthcare industry. He currently serves on the Pennsylvania Democratic Party’s State Committee and volunteers for the Delco Historical Society and as a consultant in campaign policy research. Burman has a B.A. from Washington University, St. Louis and did graduate work in Education at CUNY Lehman, followed by service as a Social Studies teacher with Teach for America.
Anthony Moore: Anthony Moore is the current Parks Service Manger for the City of Chester. During his tenure, under the direction of Councilwoman Elizabeth Williams, Mr. Moore has been able to secure funding for and was project coordinator for several recreational projects, throughout the City of Chester. Mr. Moore’s passion with the environment has led him to work with Chester Shade Tree commission, Pennvest to have more than 500 trees planted throughout various parks and locations in the city of Chester. Anthony Moore is the current Chairman of the City of Chester’s Planning Commission, which makes recommendations to Mayor and Council and/or the Zoning Hearing Board concerning various construction projects. Projects during Mr. Moore’s tenure include; Chicago Pizza Uno restaurant, Candlewood Suites and Hotel, Chester Charter School for the Performing Arts, Dollar General stores, and Kimberly Clark Natural Gas co generation power plant.
Tinu Moss: Currently the Borough Manager for the Borough of Yeadon and an attorney at Schuster Law in Media. On management team for Municipal Solutions, LLC, which handles financial management for Borough of Yeadon. Moss has a B.A. from Duke University, a law degree from Temple University, and a post-graduate law degree in Taxation. At Schuster Law, she specializes in family law and juvenile criminal matters. Moss has been an elected Committee member in the Yeadon Democratic Party since 2008 and ushers at the First Baptist Church of Darby. Moss is currently a board member of the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology in Media, PA. She lives in Yeadon with her husband Anthony and their son Aidyn.
Andrew E. Nelson: An associate consultant for Municipal Solutions, the financial management company for the borough of Yeadon, Nelson is also an adjunct professor in Business at Harcum College and a business owner. After ten years in the U.S. Marine Corps, including combat duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, Nelson served as the Administrative Officer in charge of regional financial operations for the Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration. A graduate of Chester High School, Nelson has a degree in Business Administration from Penn State and an MBA from Temple. He lives in Chester City with his wife Troyanna and their three young children, is a member of Prince Hall Franklin #58 Masonic Lodge, and has sat on the boards of Chester EastSide Inc. and Chester Young Professionals.
Robert Radich: A resident of Lansdowne, Radich was Lansdowne Borough Auditor, 2007-2011 and Vice President of the Lansdowne Borough Council, 2011-2017. With a B.S. from Duquesne University and MBA from the University of Pittsburgh, Radich has worked in public finance and global banking. He now owns Special Needs Advocacy Services, which offers advice to special needs families on benefits eligibility and financial planning. He passed the Uniform CPA examination and has held Series 7, 24, and 66 Securities licenses administered by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. He lives with his wife Mary and has a son and daughter in their early twenties.
Christine Reuther: Formerly a Nether Providence Township Commissioner and appointed member of the township’s Planning Commission, Reuther is now in her second 3-year term as the township’s appointed board member on the Central Delaware County (sewer) Authority. She is currently chair of the Nether Providence Democratic Committee as well as the solicitor for the Rutledge Borough and an elected Judge of Elections. She ran for County Council on the Democratic ticket in 2015. As a graduate of Haverford High School, Reuther earned an AB degree in Government from Harvard and a law degree from U.C.-Berkeley. She is a partner at McCausland Keen & Buckman in Devon, specializing in tax and business law. Reuther lives in Wallingford with her husband John. They have 3 daughters, ages 18-26.
Elaine Schaefer: As a two-term member of the Radnor Township Board of Commissioners, Schaefer became the first woman to serve as Board Chair. Trained as an attorney, Schaefer is currently Executive Director of Schuylkill River Greenways National Heritage Area, a non-profit that advocates for the river’s watershed and watershed communities. Previously, she was co-founder and Executive Director of the Radnor Conservancy, focused on land preservation and protection of natural resources. Still engaged with the Radnor Conservancy and on the boards of two regional trails, she is also active with the League of Women Voters and ran for state representative from the 165th district in 2016. A graduate of Boston College with a law degree from William & Mary, Schaefer has lived with her husband John in Newtown Square for 20 years, which is where they raised their three grown children.
Monica Taylor: Currently a Director on the Upper Darby School Board, Taylor is co-chair of the Finance & Operations Committee, overseeing a budget that is second in size to Delaware County’s operating budget. After earning her BA from the University of Maine, playing professional basketball in Ireland, and training female cadets at West Point, she earned her Ph.D. in Kinesiology at the University of Pittsburgh. Taylor is now a professor and Director of the Exercise Physiology Program at the University of the Sciences where she also leads projects to teach high school students about careers in health care and introduce inner-city elementary students to STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math. She is on the Democratic Party State Committee and on the executive boards of the Women’s Democratic Club of Delaware County and the Delco Young Dems. Taylor lives in Drexel Hill with her husband and two young daughters.
Richard Womack: Serving now as President of the Board of Commissioners for Darby Township, Womack is the Northeast Regional Field Representative for the National AFL-CIO in Washington, D.C. Elected to the Darby Board of Commissioners in 2009, re-elected in 2013, elected Vice-President of the Board in 2015 and appointed Darby Township Police Commissioner in 2015. Chair of the Darby Township Democratic Party and President and Founder of Darby Township Community First, a non-profit community organization. Graduate of Darby Township High, attended Mansfield State College, graduate of the National Labor College and the Negro Trade Union Leadership Council. He is member of the Communication Workers of America and lives in Darby Township with his daughter and granddaughter.