Upper Darby Republican Committee Candidates

Candidates

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Magisterial District Judge

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Harry J. Karapalides, Esquire

Harry J. Karapalides, Esquire

The son of immigrant parents and the father of two daughters, Harry J. Karapalides, Esquire has served as Magisterial District Judge in Upper Darby Township and the Borough of Millbourne for 18 years. He has administered over 120,000 cases and presided over many high-profile cases in Upper Darby and Millbourne. A graduate of Delaware Law School of Widener University, J.D., and Widener University, B.A., Judge Karapalides practiced law for 35 years as an attorney with offices in Upper Darby and is a member of the Delaware County Bar Association. He has an extensive and impressive resume, formerly holding the titles of President of the Delaware County Magisterial District Judge Association, Solicitor for the Millbourne Borough of Delaware County, Chairman of the Delaware County Personnel Grievance Committee, and legal clerk for the General Counsel Office of the United States Department of Commerce.

Judge Karapalides is the Assistant Baseball Coach at Holy Child Academy and is an active member of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church. He enjoys serving as a panelist for the Delaware County Bar association presentations and has been a frequent guest lecturer at college classes as well as local social and civic organizations. He is a supporter of Upper Darby and Millbourne businesses, and has held the position of President and many other offices for local, civic, and nonprofit organizations, including the Greek American Heritage Society of Philadelphia, Inc. and the Federation of Hellenic American Societies and Greek Orthodox Churches of Philadelphia and Delaware Valley, Inc.

Additionally, Judge Karapalides is an accomplished published author. His works include historical novels, historical non-fiction writings, magazine articles, and a textbook that has been cited in archeological digs in Williamsburg, VA, and a revolutionary fort in South Carolina. He has also worked in the musical direction and selection, writing, and producing of several documentaries.

Upper Darby Council

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Meaghan Wagner 1st District

Meaghan Wagner was raised in Delaware County and has been fortunate to truly see Upper Darby grow over time. Her dedication to academia and professionalism speaks for itself, as she was named Valedictorian of the Archbishop Prendergast Catholic High School’s Class of 1999 and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honors from Temple University in Political Science. She then went on to obtain a law degree from the Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law. Because of her commitment to the township as a whole and the necessary background she possesses, Meaghan is seeking your support for the Upper Darby’s 1st District Council Seat.

As a former Delaware County Prosecutor and now private defense attorney, Meaghan will bring a unique perspective to the critical issues currently confronting the township, including but certainly not limited to keeping our streets safe, the wellbeing of our senior citizens, and holding local government accountable.

During her lifetime, Meaghan has proven to be truly resilient, as she has not only an impressive professional background but is also a cancer survivor. She is a true fighter for Upper Darby Township and those who live within it, making her a wonderful candidate who can spearhead change for citizens in the 1st District and the community as a whole.

Brian Andruszko 3rd District

Brian Andruszko is seeking your support for Upper Darby’s 3rd District Council Seat. A graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, Brian is an Upper Darby native and has been heavily involved throughout the community, especially within Saint Bernadette’s Parish. There, he served as the Vice President of CYO, the Development Chair of the Advisory Board, and the President of the Alumni Association.

Upper Darby is near and dear to Brian’s heart, as it has been his home for the past 23 years. He believes the township is a special place that offers things you will not find anywhere else. He is seeking the Council Seat because he wants to see a rejuvenated Upper Darby.

There is no doubt that we have challenges facing us in Upper Darby, but Brian does not think the best days of this township are behind us. He hopes to bring a fresh new energy to our Township Council and work to unite the next generation, elevating Upper Darby to new heights.

Bill Scott 5th District

Bill Scott

A Philadelphia native and resident of Drexel Hill since 1998, Bill Scott is running for Upper Darby’s 5th District Council Seat. Bill joined the Marine Corps in 1985 and was both reserve and active for almost 10 years. He was deployed in support of Operation Desert Storm in 1991 and was then honorably discharged in 1994. Following his time in the military, Bill has been involved in the trucking industry, where he made his way up to hold the titles of supervisor and manager. In this profession, he has been able to make a great living with minimal training and put his smart working skills to great use.

Bill has been all over the world and has seen its entirety, but he has chosen to live and work in Upper Darby Township and loves this area. He is running for the Council Seat because he believes there should be more accountability within our local government and more respect for the citizens who live within the community. During his term, Bill hopes to continue to make Upper Darby a great place for residents to raise their families.

Council At-Large

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Jeff Jones

Jeff Jones, a longtime resident of Upper Darby Township, is seeking your nomination for the office of Council At-Large. As a local soccer coach, insurance provider, and member of the Upper Darby Economic Development Committee among other things, Jeff has the true experience of serving and working to enhance all areas of the Upper Darby community.

Jeff is stepping up to the plate and seeking your nomination because he feels the township deserves great leaders who have the necessary experience and their finger on the pulse of the community. We all want to ensure that we have safe streets for our children to play on and well-equipped emergency responders to protect our citizens. Jeff’s common-sense approach to policy allows him to do just that, and his wide range of experiences gives him the ability to bring a fresh perspective to Upper Darby and truly advocate for you.

If elected, common sense legislation and fiscal responsibility will be reflected in the policy of the Upper Darby Council, and Jeff will continue to place our citizens before party to initiate change in the community and the township as a whole.

Steve Cianciola

Steve Cianciola

Steve Cianciola, an Upper Darby Township native and current resident, is seeking your endorsement for Council At-Large. Steve attended Saint Dorothy Roman Catholic School, Cardinal O’Hara High School, and Widener University, and he credits his education for laying the foundation for his professional life. He is the Senior LED Lighting Specialist and a business partner of NGU Sports Lighting, which is uniquely based out of West Palm Beach, Florida. His professionalism and involvement in the community are evident, as he is currently serving as the Vice President of the Saint Dorothy Advisory Board as well as the President of Llanerch Hills Baseball.

Steve’s dedication to the Upper Darby community, professional background, leadership skills, and clear vision for the township make him an exceptional candidate for Council At-Large. He believes that we need to restore community values and build a township that allows its citizens to thrive. This means not only empowering small businesses to prosper within the area, but also giving our children the opportunity to grow up in a safe and healthy environment. Steve has a plan, and if elected, he will continue to utilize his leadership skills to ensure every resident of Upper Darby is cared for.

Treasurer

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Dave Schaeffer

Dave Schaeffer

As a candidate for Upper Darby Township Treasurer, Dave Schaffer is seeking your endorsement this election cycle. He has enjoyed living in the Upper Darby community and attended Saint Andrew School as well as Monsignor Bonner Catholic High School. He later obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in the Sociology of Law from the University of Delaware. Currently, Dave serves as the Office Manager of Schaffer Sound Productions, where he manages day to day operations and leads a large team. Dave is a true leader within the community, serving as a volunteer coach for Drexel Hill Little League, a coaching volunteer for Upper Darby Soccer, and a social member and supporter of the American Legion Manoa Post.

Dave’s decision to run for Treasurer came from his belief that Upper Darby Township needs to have more accountability and transparency, especially when it comes to utilizing taxpayer dollars. If elected, he will analyze every expenditure to ensure that the right and financially smart choice is made for all who reside in Upper Darby. Dave believes the community deserves a leader that is competent and considerate of your dollars, and he vows to be just that. Due to his longtime professional experience managing day to day financial operations and his commitment to the community, Dave is an exceptional candidate for this position and is looking forward to fulfilling the role with dignity and integrity.

School Board

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Frank Guglielmelli

Frank Guglielmelli has dedicated his entire adult life to education. A Philadelphia native and resident of Upper Darby township for the past 18 years, Frank attended Bishop Neumann High School and went on to study at the Philadelphia College of Textile and Science in addition to earning a degree from Temple University. He taught 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades at Saint Elizabeth’s School and eventually worked for the School District of Philadelphia. Since his retirement, he has started his own Voice Acting business, where he aids clients with public speaking skills, commercial scripts, and e-learning.

Frank’s extensive background in education, professional qualifications, and leadership skills make him an ideal candidate for the Upper Darby Township School Board. If elected, Frank will ensure that our schools are structured in such a way that allows our children to thrive academically. He hopes to implement a vision for the curriculum that is taught within our schools, ensuring that it includes beneficial material that will set our children up for success. Frank is seeking your endorsement and is looking forward to serving the community.

Oswald Okebata

Oswald Okebata

Oswald Okebata is a Nigerian American who has been a resident of Upper Darby for the past 19 years. He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Cheyney University and then went on to work in the Department of the Auditor General as an Auditor and Auditor Supervisor. Oswald is a board member of the Bywood Community Association and the secretary of Ikempa Organization USA, Inc., a nonprofit organization that serves the interests of the Nigerian community in the Delaware Valley area.

Oswald is a husband and father of four. His family is his motivation for running for the School Board. He has an incredible understanding of public finance and budgeting, which will enable him to serve the school district in managing and allocating resources. Oswald believes that education is the best gift we can give our children and looks forward to formulating a curriculum that benefits of children’s academic growth and making the Upper Darby School District one of the best in the country.

Rosemary Davis

Rosemary Davis

From an early age, Rosemary Davis has studied under wonderful teachers and desired to emulate them. Upon graduation from Chestnut Hill College, she pursued a successful career in finance until decided to remain at home with her children when they were born. During that time, she worked towards her Master of Education degree and began teaching at Holy Spirit School and Annunciation School. She enjoyed working with high school students to prepare them for the college admissions process, assisting with applications and essays. Ultimately, she decided to reenter the education field as a student in pursuit of her doctorate in Educational Leadership. While completing this degree, she was granted the opportunity to work with student athletes at Saint Joseph’s University and remains in this position today.

Rosemary believes every child in the District deserves a quality education. While we are fortunate to have dedicated professionals working with our students on a regular basis, we are unable to reach our full potential largely due to financial constraints. Her current position allows her to work with students from multiple school district, and she has seen firsthand the discrepancies in education that are based primarily on where a student lives. Rosemary is eager to work with the School Board to ensure that Upper Darby students receive the highest quality education possible.

Jim Plummer

Jim Plummer

As a resident of Upper Darby Township for 42 years, Jim Plummer is excited for the opportunity to serve as a member of the School Board. He is a veteran of the United States Army and a current professor at Eastern University. These experiences have provided Jim with a wide range of experience that will enable him to be an outstanding advocate for your children. He recently obtained a Doctorate in Management and Strategic Leadership degree from Thomas Jefferson University as well as a Masters in Healthcare Law degree from the University of Oklahoma. Jim is a seasoned leader in the healthcare industry with experience working in a number of health systems, including the Axia Women’s Health Group where he currently serves as a Group Administrator.

Having obtained five different degrees and residing in Upper Darby Township for quite some time, Jim firmly believes in the quality of public school education. Not only does he hope to develop a clear vision for the Upper Darby School District, but he is looking forward to working with a team that can influence the fiscal health of the school district as a whole. As a member of the School Board, Jim will work hard to make our schools better each day.

Constable

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Jack Kelly

Jack Kelly

As a lifelong resident of Upper Darby Township and a graduate of Monsignor Bonner Catholic High School, Jack is seeking reelection for the Pennsylvania State Constable position. He is a proud graduate of the Pennsylvania Municipal Police Academy, Pennsylvania State Constable Academy, and the Pennsylvania Sheriff’s Academy at Dickinson Law School and is certified annually with the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. His dedication to law enforcement spans over 38 years, as he has held the positions of Constable, Deputy Constable, and Delaware County Deputy Sheriff. Jack is an active member of Saint Eugene’s Parish, an SAL Member of the American Legion, Post 214, Upper Darby, and a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.

As the incumbent Constable, Jack has obtained the necessary credentials needed to exceptionally fill the position and is dedicated to preserving the peace while performing his judicial duties with fidelity. During his term, Jack has and will continue to serve the citizens of Upper Darby with honesty, integrity, and professionalism. His goal is to ensure that all residents of Upper Darby feel respected and protected in the community.

Ernie Aguirre

A current resident of Westbrook Park and lifelong resident of Upper Darby Township, Ernie Aquirre is seeking your endorsement for the Pennsylvania State Constable. His profession in law enforcement began when he graduated from the Philadelphia Academy in 1989. He went on to obtain a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Temple University and work as a police office at the University of Pennsylvania. He later served as an officer for the Upper Darby Township Police Department for 11 years, working in the Anti-Crime Undercover Unit. Ernie is currently a member of the Delaware County Board of Assessment Appeals and enjoys working in Real Estate.

Ernie’s lifetime involvement in law enforcement has provided him with the firsthand experience he feels is necessary to serve as Constable. He seeks to provide Upper Darby residents with a safe environment, especially within the courts. The court system relies heavily on an efficient and full-time Constable, and Ernie is an exceptional candidate. He hopes to establish an exemplary working relationship with the courts, police department, and school district to ensure that we are keeping our citizens safe at every level.

The people of Upper Darby deserve to be represented and serviced with Honesty, Dedication, Integrity, and Competence, and because of his lifetime commitment to keeping people safe along with his lifelong involvement with the community itself, Ernie Aguirre would be a great Constable.

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