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Candidates

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Delaware County District Attorney

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Katayoun "Kat" M. Copeland

As a graduate of The Baldwin School, Bryn Mawr College and Temple University's Beasley School of Law, Ms. Copeland has a distinguished 25-year prosecutorial career. Throughout the past six years she has been a member of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania assigned to its Narcotics and Organized Crime Section. District Attorney Copeland previously served for 19 years in the Delaware County District Attorney's Office.

District Attorney Copeland 's tenure in the District Attorney 's Office began in 1992 as an Assistant District Attorney during which time she was assigned to the office's trial division, as well as its drug task force. In 2000, she became chief of drug enforcement overseeing the investigation and prosecution of these cases countywide and the office's newly established Criminal-Terrorism Unit coordinating with local, state and federal law enforcement to evaluate matters linked to national security concerns. In 2004, District Attorney Copeland rose to the position of Deputy District Attorney while continuing to supervise and manage the office's terrorism-intelligence concerns, as well as its drug enforcement efforts.

As a member of the United States Attorney 's Office since 2011, her responsibilities included working with federal investigators and prosecuting matters in the federal district courts involving international drug operations, armed robberies, large-scale racketeering conspiracies and attempted murders. She also successfully defended such convictions before the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.

District Attorney Copeland has been very active throughout her prosecutorial career in professional education having taught for a number of years at the Delaware County Municipal Police Academy and as an instructor for the Pennsylvania State Police, the Pennsylvania District Attorney 's Association, as well as more recently at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and El Paso Intelligence Center training program.

In addition to her well-honed prosecutorial skills, District Attorney Copeland readily appreciated broader systematic criminal justice concerns and was instrumental in establishing Delaware County’s first drug treatment court and its veteran’s treatment court. She has continued to recognize these restorative and re-entry issues through her current, collaborative efforts to initiate a federal drug treatment court program.

District Attorney Copeland, in recognition of her ongoing dedication and commitment to public service during her local and federal tenures as a prosecutor has received various awards and accolades from numerous agencies including the Marple Township, Media Borough, and Upper Darby Township police departments, as well as the Pennsylvania State Police, Delaware County Criminal Investigation Division, Drug Enforcement Administration and a Special Achievement Award for the successful prosecution of a violent, large-scale Philadelphia drug trafficking gang from at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

County Council

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Mayor

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Thomas N. Micozzie

Mayor Micozzie is a lifelong resident of Upper Darby Township. He has been involved in the Upper Darby Township community since his teenage years first as a firefighter; he rose to the rank of fire chief and chairman of the volunteer fire company board of directors as well as many other positions in the Fire Department. As a former fire chief, Mayor Micozzie has taken an active role in the emergency service organizations.

Mayor Micozzie currently works as the Risk Management/Labor Relations Director for the County of Delaware overseeing the Liability issues and Labor Management for the entire County.

A licensed nursing home administrator, Mayor Micozzie worked for twenty-eight years in the long term healthcare industry with several disciplines including facilities management, purchasing and administration.

Elected to Upper Darby Township Council in 1988, he served the second district of Upper Darby for over twenty years and was elected by his peers to the office of Secretary to Council and served as Chairman of the Public Safety Committee.

In January 2009, Mayor Micozzie was unanimously appointed by his Council peers to fill the unexpired term of F. Raymond Shay.

In 2011, Mayor Micozzie was elected to Office for a four year term.

Mayor Micozzie has been deeply involved in many community activities and has initiated a pastoral committee with church leaders and regularly meets with community leaders to solicit their ideas and opinions on how to keep Upper Darby Township a very liveable community. He also initiated Town meetings throughout the community and regularly meets with residents to hear their views, concerns and ideas.

Mayor Micozzie has been married to Susan for thirty four years. They have two married daughters, Nina and Nicole and four grandchildren, Matthew, Michael & David and Emily Susan.

Mayor Micozzie currently lives in the Westbrook Park section of Upper Darby Township.

Upper Darby Council

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Lisa Faraglia Council Secretary / 2nd District

Graduate, Penn State, Associate Degree Healthcare Management

Graduate, Delaware County College Nursing Program

Graduate, Fair Acres, Certified Nursing Assistance Program

Graduate, Upper Darby High School

West Brook Park Youth Association

Delaware County Hospital Operation Snowflake 2007 to present

Upper Darby Committee Women 2008 to present

Holy Cross CYO Board Communication and Fundraising 2008 to present

Holy Cross CYO Football Program 2008 to present

Cardinal O'Hara Lady Loins Basketball Board 2013 to present Communications

Holy Cross Social Committee 2014 to present

Mayor's Appointment of Comprehensive Plan Committee 2014 to present

Conroy Play It Forward Committee Fundraising 2010 to present

Primo's Pool 2008 to present

Marc J. Manfre 4th District

Marc J. Manfre

A lifelong resident of Upper Darby Township, he is a graduate of Monsignor Bonner High School and is a 20 year resident of Kirklyn where he lives with his wife May Beth and their children Meghan, Caroline and Joseph.

A graduate of Temple University where he earned his B.S. in Recreation and Sports Management, he serves as the Director of the Delaware County Parks and Recreation Department and is a member of the Pennsylvania Parks and Recreation Society.

President of the Upper Darby Police Athletic League ("PAL"), he served as President of the St. Laurence CYO.

A member of the Hero Scholarship Fund Board and Hero Bowl Committee, he served on the Upper Darby Time for Teens Board.

Council At Large

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Jacob "Jack" A. Bierling, Jr.

I have lived in Upper Darby Township for forty years. I married my high school sweetheart Noreen in January 1970. I returned to Pennsylvania from the USAF in March 1971 and lived in Drexel Hill. We then purchased a home in1972 in the Primos section of Upper Darby. We live there for 32 years with our three children Jack, Lynn and Colleen. In 2001 we moved to Drexel Hill where we presently reside.

I was born in Philadelphia and attended Our Mother of Sorrows Elementary school at 48th and Wyalusing through seventh grade. In 1961 we moved to Clifton Heights where I attended and graduated from St. Eugene’s school in Primos. I also played sports with the Clifton Heights PAL. I attended Monsignor Bonner freshman year and then transferred to the brand new school Cardinal O’Hara and graduated in 1966. I then went to work for a plumbing contractor for a year. In 1967 I entered the United States Air Force. In 1969 I volunteered to go to Viet Nam where I served in the 555th Red Horse Heavy Construction Squadron.

I became a member of Plumber’s Union Local 690 in September of 1971 as an Apprentice, Journeyman and Forman plumber. I have been a member for 43 years retiring in February 2013. I have been a licensed Real Estate agent for over 38 years. I graduated from Delaware County Community College in 2007.

In 1991 I started working for the Upper Darby School District I starting as a Mechanical Services Foreman. I was the Master Plumber of record for the school district. I soon became the Coordinator of Mechanical Services. In 2002 I became the Assistant Facility manager and oversaw the maintenance department. I held this position until 2006 when I became the Supervisor of Transportation for the school district. I retired from the Upper Darby School District in June of 2011. Presently I am employed at Williamson College of the Trades as the Facility Manager.

I was the Chairman of the Upper Darby Historical Commission for a number of years before resigning in 2006. I was on the Upper Darby Zoning Board for about 18 years which I was chairman for about 16 years. In 2011 I was elected to my present position of Councilman in Upper Darby Township.

In the community I coached in the Clifton Heights PAL for a number of years. I have been involved in the Knights of Columbus for over 40 years and have worked on a number of charitable events.

I have three children and eight grandchildren. Two of my children live in close proximity to my wife and I in Drexel Hill. My youngest daughter lives in Ridley Township.

I enjoy the challenges of my position as At- Large Council member of the Upper Darby Township Council. I believe that Upper Darby is a great place to Live, Work and raise a family and I would like to keep it that way.

Patrick V. Spellman

A lifelong resident of Upper Darby Township, he is a graduate of Monsignor Bonner High School and lives in Drexel Hill with his wife Trish and their children, Maura and Neve.

A graduate of Lycoming College, he earned his B.A. in Criminal Justice.

A member of Steamfitters Union Local 420 since 1988, he served as a delegate to the Delaware County AFL-CIO.

A member of the DeLaSalle Knights of Columbus Council 590, he coached for the St. Bernadette's CYO and the Drexel Hill Little League.

A Service Manager for Johnson Controls, he specializes in regional facility healthcare.

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