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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.
Donald P. Bonnett Council President / 1st District
I was raised in the Westbrook Park section of the Township attending Holy Cross Elementary School and participating in youth baseball and football programs and enjoying the Township supported recreational programs at the Westbrook Park Elementary School Playground in the summertime. I served on active duty in the U.S. Navy aboard the U.S.S Dupont (DD-941), after Upper Darby High School. Shortly before and after my military service, I began my carrier working for Philadelphia and Delaware County Architectural and Engineering firms. After receiving an "Honorably Discharge" from the U. S. Navy, I attended Drexel University for the requisite education preparing and qualifying me for licensing by examination as a Registered Architect, the profession I practice today as President of a Delaware County based Architectural and Engineering Firm. I am a member of various professional organizations including the American Institute of Architects, AIA Pennsylvania, AIA Philadelphia Chapter, National Fire Protection Association, U.S. Green Building Council, Delaware Valley Green Building Council and the International Code Council.
I currently serve as the First District Councilman and President of the eleven member Upper Darby Township Council. In my years of service on Upper Darby Township Council I have been active on many committees including serving as Chairman of the Planning and Zoning Committee as well as a member of the Finance, Law and Government and Health Committees. I was the Chairman of the Township Comprehensive Plan Committee and subsequently Chairman of the committee that developed the current zoning ordinance of Upper Darby Township. Previously, I was a Charter Member of the Board of the Upper Darby Education Association and a charter member of the Aronimink Station Business Association Board of Directors.
I live in the Pilgrim Gardens section of Drexel Hill with my wife Donna and two of our six grandchildren, Bella and Gabby, who are good students in the Upper Darby School system, Bella at Drexel Hill Middle School and Gabby at Aronimink Elementary School. Donna and I are members of the Pilgrim Gardens / Aronimink Civic Association.
Thomas P. Wagner Council Vice President / 3rd District
Councilman Tom Wagner was appointed as a member of the Town Council in 2005 to fill an unexpired term. He was elected to a full term as a Councilman-at-large in November of 2005. After completing his first term, he was elected in 2009 as the Councilman for the Third District.
Mr. Wagner has contributed to a number of the Town Council's major initiatives during his seven years of service. He was a principal proponent of the Township's change to single stream recycling, and he spearheaded the public education effort which introduced the new recycling program throughout the entire Township. He was the Township's chief spokesman on the Llanerch Quarry Project, and this effort resulted in major concessions by the developer to ease the traffic impact on Upper Darby's residents. He has played a major role in the selection and promotion of police personnel, and unwavering support for the police department has been a hallmark of his council service. Currently, Mr. Wagner is the Vice President of the Council, and Chairman of its Committee on Finance and Appropriations.
In his private life, Mr. Wagner is married with five children, all of whom have attended the Upper Darby School System through the eighth grade. They are all also graduates of Prendie or Bonner. Mr. Wagner and his wife are active supporters of St. Dorothy's Parish, where he served for ten years on the Finance Committee.
When he isn't tending to Township duties, Mr. Wagner is an attorney, practicing law with a large Philadelphia law firm. He specializes in litigation and trial work. His clients include manufacturing companies, transportation authorities, travel agents and tour operators. He also has extensive experience representing municipalities and their employees.
Mr. Wagner graduated with honors from Fairfield University, and he attended law school at St. John's University, where he was an editor of the Law Review. The members of the legal profession have voted him a "Super Lawyer" every time the balloting has been done. He has twice been voted among the Top 100 Lawyers in Pennsylvania, a state with more than 50,000 licensed attorneys.
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
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.
Jacob "Jack" A. Bierling, Jr. Council At Large
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 Council At Large
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.
Mario J. Civera, Jr. Chairman
Mario J. Civera Jr., a public servant with 41 years experience in various levels of government, was elected to Delaware County Council in 2009 and began his four-year term on County Council in January 2010. Councilman Civera was born and raised in Delaware County. He attended school in his hometown at Upper Darby High School, graduating in 1965.
Mario served with distinction in the U.S. Air Force. From 1971 to present Mario has been a self-employed businessman. This experience proved invaluable in his legislative career in dealing with the challenges facing the business community.
His dedication to public service began in 1974 when he was appointed to the Upper Darby Board of Commissioners. Then, in a special election held in April 1980, Mario was elected to the state House of Representatives in the 164th Legislative District. In February 1992, Mario relinquished his position with the Upper Darby Township Council to concentrate his attention on the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
As an example of Mario's ability to take real life experiences and apply them to good public policy; while serving on Upper Darby Township Council, he served as chairman of the Public Safety Committee. Public safety has always been a top priority for Mario. He wrote legislation, enacted in 1998, which dramatically improved emergency telephone service for all Pennsylvanians. Act 17 gives the state greater oversight of county 911 plans and requires dispatchers and operators to receive adequate training. In addition, Mario was one of the forces behind organizing the General Assembly’s Pennsylvania Firefighters' and Emergency Services Legislative Caucus in 1991; where he served as President until 1998 and then became President Emeritus.
In June 2001, Mario was appointed by the Speaker of the House to serve as Chairman of the House Select Committee on Public Education Funding. The 15-member bipartisan committee held hearings throughout the state with the goal of developing policy initiatives leading to reducing the public school system's reliance on real property taxes as the primary source of local education funding.
Mario has received much acclaim in his district, including the Upper Darby YMCA Spirit, Mind and Body Award; Man of the Year Award, and the Man of the Year Award from the local Benvenuto Sons of Italy Chapter. He was nominated and received the national Sons of Italy Purple Aster Ball Award in 2003. In addition, Mario is recognized in the Capitol as a prominent member of the Italian-American Caucus.
As a result of his leadership and dedication to the people whom he serves, Mario was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Public Service from Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology in 2007.
In November 2006, Mario was elected by the House Republican Caucus to serve as the Republican Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, a position he held until January 2010. In this leadership role, he was responsible for helping craft Pennsylvania's annual $27 Billion state budget. This seat is considered among the most influential in all of state government.
Mario was first elected to a leadership position in 2003 as the Caucus Secretary. Prior to his elevation to a position with the House Republican Leadership Team, Mario served as the Majority Chairman of the House Professional Licensure Committee for nine years.
Mario resides in Drexel Hill with his wife, Donna. He has one son, Mario J. Civera III, who is married and resides in Delaware County.
Colleen P. Morrone Vice Chairman
Colleen P. Morrone was elected to Delaware County Council in November 2011 and sworn into office in January 2012.
An active member of both the Delaware County and state of Delaware communities, Colleen contributes her time and talent as a professional business leader, an elected leader and a volunteer with many organizations. The first person from the western end of Delaware County to hold a seat on County Council, Colleen was named Concord Person of the Year for 2011 as recognition for her tireless involvement in the township.
In January 2004, Colleen was elected to the Concord Township Board of Supervisors as the first woman to serve on that board in the township's 320-year history. In 2010, she was elected to her second term and served as vice-chair of the board.
Colleen is the Chief Mission Officer for Goodwill of Delaware and Delaware County, Inc. where she has worked for 22 years, starting as an administrative assistant and later serving as public relations manager, human resources director and was named Chief Mission Officer in 2003.
In her current position with Goodwill, Colleen provides direction for human resources, employee benefits and staff development for nearly 700 employees. Her responsibilities include workforce development programs and family strengthening services for 15,000 individuals who face barriers to employment.
Through her efforts, Goodwill has initiated innovative programs and collaborative efforts with local non-profit and state agencies to provide vocational and job placement services and family strengthening services to improve the quality of life for individuals through the Power of Work.
In January 2008, she was elected to the Delaware Association of Rehabilitation Facilities.
She also serves as a member of the Society of Human Resources Management, the St. Cornelius Parent's Association, the Delaware County Women's Commission, the Insuring Delaware County's Children (CHIP) Committee, the advisory committee for the Delaware County Community Foundation, and the advisory board for the Neumann University Center for Community Leadership and Entrepreneurship.
In 2008, Colleen received the Leaders of Distinction Award from the Foundation of the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce. In 1993, she was recognized by Goodwill Industries of America Inc. as the recipient of the North American GIVS Scholarship. She is a 1989 United Way Leadership Delaware graduate, a 2007 Leadership Delaware County graduate and completed the Goodwill Industries International Executive Development Program in June 2011.
She is a graduate of Wilmington University where she earned a degree in business management.
Born in Wilmington, Del., she and her husband, Anthony, live in Concord with their three children.
John P. McBlain Councilman
John P. McBlain, a lifelong resident of Aldan Borough, was elected to Delaware County Council in November 2011 and began his four-year term on County Council in January 2012.
Mr. McBlain comes to County Council with a strong legal background, having served as County Solicitor for over eight years prior to his election. He was appointed as the Solicitor of Delaware County in 2003, with a Delaware County Daily Times headline at the time calling McBlain Delaware County's "Top Lawyer". In his role as Solicitor, he oversaw the legal affairs of County government and worked on a daily basis with the Delaware County Council, developing County policy.
He also served for a time as guardian ad litem, an advocate for abused and neglected children involved with the County Children and Youth Services.
Councilman McBlain is a graduate of St. Joe's Collingdale grade school and Monsignor Bonner High School. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Villanova University, majoring in Political Science. Following college, he worked for the United State Department of Veterans Affairs. Mr. McBlain attended law school at the Widener University School of Law in Delaware and graduated cum laude with a Juris Doctor degree.
After graduating law school, Mr. McBlain began practicing as an attorney in Delaware County. He joined the firm of Swartz Campbell in 1996 and has since practiced in the areas of civil litigation and municipal government law. Mr. McBlain helped found the firm's municipal law unit and represents various municipalities, zoning boards, government authorities and nonprofit corporations.
Mr. McBlain's representation of the County's Redevelopment Authority and Economic Development Oversight Board placed him in a position where he negotiated the agreements that landed the largest economic development projects in Delaware County. He negotiated the agreements that brought Harrah's Chester Casino and Racetrack to the City of Chester and led the negotiations that brought the Philadelphia Union Major League Soccer Team and PPL Park to Delaware County.
Mr. McBlain's interest in government began at a young age when he was appointed to the Aldan Borough Council at age 24. He subsequently was elected to four terms on the Borough Council.
He and his wife, Barbara, live in Aldan Borough with their three daughters.
Michael F. Culp Councilman
Michael F. Culp of Springfield was appointed to Delaware County Council on January 7, 2015 to fill the unexpired term of Senator Thomas J. McGarrigle.
Councilman Culp is a lifelong resident of Delaware County who currently resides in Springfield Delaware County with his wife Nicole and three children.
Councilman Culp is a partner operating a small law firm in Media Delaware County.
Prior to being appointed to Council, Michael was a Springfield Township Commissioner. In Springfield, Councilman Culp, Chaired the Parks and Recreation Department and was a member of the Public Safety Committee. Before being elected to Commissioner, Councilman Culp was a member of the Springfield Township Zoning Hearing Board and Springfield Township Parks and Recreation Board. Previously Michael served as a member of the Delaware County Housing Authority and is currently a member of the Delaware County Chester City Revitalization and Improvement Authority.
Councilman Culp volunteers his time with the Springfield Township Athletic Association and Springfield Youth Club and St. Francis of Assisi CYO. Mr. Culp was previously the Director of the Springfield Fund for the Elderly.
Mr. Culp is a graduate of Cardinal O'Hara High School, Widener University and Widener School of Law.
David J. White Councilman
David J. White of Ridley Township was appointed to Delaware County Council on Jan. 3 2012 to fill the unexpired term of John J. Whelan, who took office as the Delaware County District Attorney.
Councilman White was elected to a four-year term in 2013 and sworn into office in January 2014.
Councilman White is a lifelong resident of Delaware County, growing up in Springfield, and then moving to Ridley Township 32 years ago with his wife, Debbie.
Councilman White is a steamfitter and owner of a small Delaware County business, DWD Mechanical Contractor Inc., where he employs 20 men and women.
He has served his community for years, both as an elected leader and a volunteer.
He was sworn in as a Commissioner of Ridley Township in January 1994 and served as vice president of the commissioners before resigning to take County office. In Ridley, he chaired the Building Committee, the Public Safety and Police Committee overseeing the township’s 35-person police department, and the Economic Development Committee.
As a Ridley Township commissioner, he worked to create a multi-use development project along Route 291 and was instrumental in bringing the Marriott Springhill Suites Hotel to the township and in the redevelopment of a blighted housing area in the Crum Lynne section.
Councilman White volunteers his time with the Kedron Youth Association and is a board member of the Ridley Township YMCA and the Delaware County Division of the American Red Cross.
Mr. White is a 1979 graduate of Cardinal O’Hara High School and also attended Delaware County Vocational Technical School.
He currently serves as chairman of the Ridley Township Police and Fire Memorial Foundation.
He and his wife have four children.
Mary McFall Hopper, Esquire
Mary McFall Hopper is a life-long resident of Delaware County and currently lives in Ridley Park Borough, Pa. A graduate of Ridley High School, she was elected the 63rd Sheriff of Delaware County, Pa. on November 5, 2013. An experienced attorney, she holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania. She went on to study law at Dickinson University Law School graduating magna cum laude in 1990 with a J.D. degree.
Mary has always been an active member of her community as both a parent of two sons and as a citizen. She served as a member of the Ridley Park Borough Council from 2002 to 2007 and during her time on council served as Vice President, Finance Chair and President.
Mary's has served as a Commissioner for the Delaware County Women's Commission, Committeewoman for Ridley Park Republican Committee, as well as serving as a Board member for local sports clubs and the Ridley Education Foundation.
She was sworn into office on Monday, January 6, 2014 for a 4-year term as Sheriff.
Delaware County District Attorney
John J. "Jack" Whelan
John J. "Jack" Whelan was elected Delaware County District Attorney in November 2011 and took office in January 2012, for a four-year.
District Attorney Whelan has been dedicated to criminal justice and law enforcement from the time he was in college, majoring in criminal justice at Temple University, to his term on Delaware County Council where he made public safety a priority. From 1986-1991, he was a Delaware County Assistant District Attorney, serving as a trial team leader. He prosecuted many defendants for capital offenses as well as for other felonies and misdemeanors.
Mr. Whelan is a respected practicing attorney for 25 years, and led the firm of Whelan, Doyle & Pressman LLC in the area of civil litigation, municipal representation and decedent estates. Before becoming District Attorney, Mr. Whelan served as Chairman of Delaware County Council, which oversees the county government operations that serve the 550,000 residents of Delaware County. He was first elected to a four-year term on County Council in 2005, was re-elected to a second four-year term in 2009 and took the oath office in January 2010.
As Council Chairman, he partnered with the District Attorney's Office on many crime prevention initiatives, such as the Senior Exploitation Unit, the Safe Schools Summit, and the RSAN and Delco Alert systems, which provide emergency notification to people through their mobile and electronic devices. In 2010, he helped establish the Delaware County Veterans Justice Initiative with the goal of establishing a Veterans Treatment Court to address the post-service needs of veterans who land in the criminal justice system.
As District Attorney and Chief Law Enforcement Officer for Delaware County, he has taken the lead on many public safety initiatives. Mr. Whelan established the Anti-Violence Task Force with the mission to provide collaborative programs and resources to assist the community in recognizing and reporting violent crimes. Beginning in January 2012 and continuing since, Mr. Whelan expanded the Senior Exploitation Unit, investigating crimes and raising awareness about the many illegal schemes perpetrated against seniors. In September 2012 District Attorney Jack Whelan formed the Delaware County Heroin Task Force to raise awareness about the epidemic of prescription drug and heroin abuse impacting the nation and the county. As chairman of the Heroin Task Force, he has been the driving force behind several opioid prevention and awareness initiatives that have received state-wide recognition. Mr. Whelan also serves on the House Resolution 659 Opioid Addiction Advisory Committee.
Mr. Whelan has been honored by several groups for outstanding leadership and public service, including the Delaware County Library System's Outstanding Public Official Award, and the Delaware County Victims' Rights Week Award, both presented in the spring of 2009. In 2010, Chairman Whelan received a Child Advocacy Angel Award from CASA Youth Advocates of Delaware County, which provides advocates for neglected and abused children.
In recognition of a personal act of bravery, Mr. Whelan received a Citizenship Award from the Ridley Township Board of Commissioners, recognition by the Delaware County Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation, as well as the Citizens Crime Commission Award for Bravery, presented in 2009. In 2011, the Delaware County Chiefs of Police Association honored Mr. Whelan with the George G. Weidner Award, presented for outstanding leadership and support of law enforcement and criminal justice. In 2011, he was given a Special Recognition Award by the Ridley Township Business Association. Mr. Whelan also received a Loyalty Day Award from the Herbert W. Best VFW Post in Ridley Township. In 2012, Mr. Whelan was awarded the David Henderson Humanitarian Award by the Delaware County Leadership Council of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Red Cross. He is also the recipient of the Citizen of the Year award by the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce and 2013 Man of the Year award by Police Chiefs Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania.
He currently serves as co-chair for the Pennsylvania Drug & Alcohol Department Naloxone Law Enforcement Advisory Committee.
A graduate of Temple University School of Law, he also has a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Temple University.
He and his wife, Peggy, live in Ridley Township with their four children.
Jamie Santora PA Legislative District 163rd
Growing up on Childs Avenue in Drexel Hill was truly something special. Bud & Elena Santora knew they found the perfect home to raise their four children when they relocated from Hartford, Connecticut in 1969. Two years later their fifth child was born. James "Jamie" Santora has lived in Drexel Hill for over 38 years. He was taught from an early age that education was the most important thing in life. Not only the education you receive in the classroom but what you learn on the street, in your friends' homes or when going to work with one of his parents.
Jamie's parents met while attending the University of Pennsylvania. His mother was an immigrant from Spain whose parents relocated to Philadelphia to escape the Franco regime. Jamie's father grew up in upstate New York and Connecticut and worked for his father from the time he was a teenager, and then he worked for himself after serving in the military and attending college. Jamie's parents instilled in him and his siblings, that if you work hard and believe in yourself and what you are doing, you can achieve anything and overcome any obstacles. Jamie's father ran A & E Construction and was working 10 hours days then came home and prepared the company's books. His Mother started her career as a teacher, and then worked for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia serving the less fortunate in the Philadelphia Area. Jamie was 20 years old when he lost both of his parents, eight month apart. Jamie was dedicated to his education, he worked fulltime during the day, and in the evenings he worked towards his degree. He always kept in mind what his parents had taught him about overcoming obstacles and believing in himself. Jamie's family is his biggest supporters.
Jamie Santora is a graduate of St. Dorothy School, Cardinal O'Hara, and Cabrini College. Jamie is a licensed Real Estate Broker. After 15 year career with O'Neill Properties group in King of Prussia, Jamie became a partner in a local real estate firm, Moore & Ryan Real Estate. Currently, Jamie proudly serves as a Councilman At Large in Upper Darby Township, a position he was honored to be elected to in 2011.
Jamie credits his Mother's commitment to public service as a major reason that he began giving back to his community, and ultimately why he decided to seek public office. Jamie is devoted to our community, our schools, our local economy, our infrastructure, and all of the residents of the 163rd district.
To Jamie, dedication is not just shown by words on a piece of paper but is shown by action. He served on the Board of the Pilgrim Gardens Aronimink Civic Association as president, until he was elected to office in 2011. He is still very actively involved; this Board is involved in zoning issues, safety of the residents, and community pride. He is also on the Executive Board of Time for Teens, a community outreach program focused on Teenagers, headquartered in Upper Darby. Jamie was elected to St. Dorothy's Parish Council in 2012 where he is currently serving a two year term. He is a past president and current member of The Greater Philadelphia Chapter of UNICO, an Italian American charitable organization of business leaders, who give back to their community. In 2012 Jamie was instrumental in the creation of the Faith in the Future Foundation that oversees the Philadelphia Archdiocese High School system. Lastly, Jamie Santora serves as a Councilman for the Upper Darby Township, a community he was born in and has chosen to raise his own family. He works tirelessly serving the residents of Upper Darby, a community he is proud to call home. Three of Jamie's four siblings still live in Drexel Hill, and they are all dedicated to this great neighborhood. Jamie and his wife Amy are the proud parents of three children Ryan a graduate of Monsignor Bonner High School, Tyler a 6th grader at Drexel Hill Middle School, and Kyra a 5th grader at St. Dorothy.
Tom McGarrigle 26th Senatorial District
Senator Tom McGarrigle was elected to represent the 26th District in November 2014.
He is Chairman of the Intergovernmental Operations Committee and Vice Chairman of the Local Government Committee. In addition, he serves on the following Senate committees: Aging and Youth, Banking and Insurance, and Community, Economic and Recreational Development.
McGarrigle has been a resident of Delaware County for more than 30 years and is a successful small business owner and job-creator. Located in Springfield Township, Tom's automotive business supports jobs and sponsors a range of community activities and events. He is a member of the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce.
Prior to running for the Senate, McGarrigle served on the Delaware County Council, where he played an integral role in projects that helped to create jobs for Delaware County residents. He also served as a Springfield Township Commissioner.
Tom is a dedicated member of the Delaware County community and has donated his time to a number of community and youth organizations. He was actively involved in the Springfield Youth Club and is a member of the Springfield Lions Club and the Greater Springfield Business Association.
Tom is also a founding member of the Run for Heroes, an annual 5K Run in Springfield that raises $25,000 each year for the Delaware County Hero Scholarship Fund. Those funds provide needed support and educational assistance for the children of fallen police officers, firefighters, and EMS personnel.
Tom resides in Springfield Township with wife of more than 30 years, Michele. They have three sons, Thomas Jr., Patrick, and Daniel.
United States Congressman
Patrick Meehan Pennsylvania's 7th Congressional District
Patrick Meehan represents Pennsylvania's 7th Congressional District in the United States Congress. Meehan "is avoiding the partisan fights that trap some of his DC colleagues and building a reputation as a pragmatic problem solver in SEPA," according to PoliticsPA.com.
Currently serving his third term in Congress, Meehan serves on the influential House Ways and Means Committee, as well as the Committee on Ethics. On the Ways and Means Committee, Meehan serves on the Human Resources and Oversight Subcommittees. The Ways and Means Committee is the House's chief tax-writing body, with broad jurisdiction over issues critical to Southeastern Pennsylvania like health care and trade.
Elected to Congress in 2010, Meehan has made economic growth in Southeastern Pennsylvania a top priority by supporting projects like the revitalization of the area's refineries, the expansion of Philadelphia International Airport and the deepening of the Delaware River shipping channel - projects that mean jobs for the region. He's fighting to reform our broken tax code, reduce our national debt, and rein in out-of-control Washington regulations.
In the 113th Congress, Meehan chaired the House Homeland Security Committee's Subcommittee on Cybersecurity. Meehan focused on protecting America's critical infrastructure -- our transportation, energy, financial and communications systems -- from cyberattack. He's worked with his colleagues on the committee to craft bipartisan cyber legislation that strengthens our government's response to cyberattacks, helps the private sector prevent intrusions, and protects the privacy and civil liberties of Americans.
Rep. Meehan is working tirelessly to root out wasteful federal spending and hold Washington accountable for poor management and misconduct. Meehan has taken his experience working with victims as a prosecutor with him to Congress, and has been a leader in the effort to protect the victims of brutal crimes such as sexual assault. He's teamed up with both Republicans and Democrats to combat sexual violence on college campuses and in the military. He's fighting to provide vital support to victims through legislation like the Violence Against Women Act.
Prior to his election to the United States Congress, Meehan earned an impressive record as one of the Philadelphia area's most respected prosecutors. Appointed by the President, Meehan served as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, a position that made him the top federal prosecutor in a district that spanned nine counties with a population of over five million residents. During his tenure, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Philadelphia became a national leader in prosecuting corrupt government officials. Meehan helped to put behind bars some of the biggest names in Philadelphia's corrupt pay-to-play political culture, including former Philadelphia Treasurer Corey Kemp, Councilman Rick Mariano, and State Senator Vincent Fumo. Meehan earned praise from both sides of the aisle for his integrity and his commitment to rooting out political corruption.
Prior to his appointment as United States Attorney, Meehan served as the District Attorney of Delaware County. As D.A., he successfully prosecuted several high-profile cases, including the murder trial of millionaire John DuPont and the trial of the murderer of local college student Aimee Willard. Meehan formed the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, a working group dedicated to protecting children from online predators.
A native of Cheltenham, Montgomery County, Meehan is a graduate of Bowdoin College and the Temple University School of Law. Prior to entering public service, Congressman Meehan spent two years as a referee in the National Hockey League. Meehan, his wife Carolyn, and their three sons live in Drexel Hill, Delaware County.
United States Senator
Senator Pat Toomey was elected to the U.S. Senate from Pennsylvania on a platform of limited government, economic and job growth, and restoring fiscal responsibility.
The Philadelphia Inquirer wrote that he has emerged as "a leading voice on money matters."
Since joining the Senate in 2011, he has distinguished himself as a leader on economic, financial services and budgetary issues, striving to restore fiscal discipline to Washington and economic opportunity for all Americans.
In this first two years in the Senate, Sen. Toomey introduced a 10-year balanced budget proposal. His idea received more votes in the Senate than any other budget plan in 2011.
The senator serves on the Finance; Banking; and Budget committees.
He previously served on the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction.
Sen. Toomey previously served in Congress as a member of the House of Representatives from Pennsylvania's 15 Congressional District, where he championed economic growth and fiscal discipline. Honoring his three-term pledge, he did not seek re-election in the House in 2004.
In addition to his public service, the senator has also served as president of the Club for Growth, owned and operated a small restaurant chain in the Lehigh Valley, and worked in the financial services industry.
A graduate of Harvard University, he lives in Zionsville with his wife, Kris, and their three children.
Donald J. Trump President
Donald J. Trump is the very definition of the American success story, continually setting the standards of excellence while expanding his interests in real estate, sports and entertainment. He is a graduate of the Wharton School of Finance. An accomplished author, Mr. Trump has authored over fifteen bestsellers, and his first book, The Art of the Deal, is considered a business classic and one of the most successful business books of all time.
During the 2014 political cycle, Mr. Trump was a top contributor and fundraiser for Republican efforts. Mr. Trump also campaigned across the country, with each candidate winning by a record margin.
Mr. Trump has over 7 million followers on social media. He frequently uses this platform to advocate for Conservative causes, Republican candidates and to educate the public on the failures of the Obama administration. Mr. Trump appears on Fox and Friends on Monday mornings and devotes much of his time to media interviews in order to promote a Free Market, the importance of a strong family, a culture of Life, a strong military and our country’s sacred obligation to take care of our veterans and their families.
Mr. Trump has long been a devoted supporter of veteran causes. In 1995, the fiftieth anniversary of World War II, only 100 spectators watched New York City’s Veteran Day Parade. It was an insult to all veterans. Approached by Mayor Rudy Giuliani and the chief of New York City’s FBI office, Mr. Trump agreed to lead as Grand Marshall a second parade later that year. Mr. Trump made a $1 million matching donation to finance the Nation’s Day Parade. On Saturday, November 11th, over 1.4 million watched as Mr. Trump marched down Fifth Avenue with more than 25,000 veterans, some dressed in their vintage uniforms. A month later, Mr. Trump was honored in the Pentagon during a lunch with the Secretary of Defense and the entire Joint Chiefs of Staff.
In New York City, the Trump signature is synonymous with the most prestigious of addresses, among them the world-renowned Fifth Avenue skyscraper, Trump Tower, the Trump International Hotel & Tower, Trump World Tower at the United Nations Plaza, 40 Wall Street, and Trump Park Avenue. His portfolio includes the historic Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida and his ever expanding collection of award-winning golf courses (seventeen thus far) which span the U.S from Los Angeles to New York, New Jersey, Washington, D.C., and Florida, and internationally from Scotland and Ireland to Dubai. He recently added the iconic golf resorts of Turnberry, Scotland, and Doonbeg, Ireland, to his portfolio and Trump National Golf Club Washington, DC, has been highly acclaimed. The Trump Hotel Collection has grown to include properties in Chicago, Las Vegas, Waikiki, Panama and Toronto in addition to Trump SoHo/New York and the acclaimed Trump International Hotel & Tower on Central Park West which once again won the coveted Mobil Five-Star Award as well as the Five Star Diamond Award from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences. The Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago was awarded the #1 Hotel in the US and Canada by Travel & Leisure Magazine. Recent acquisitions include the iconic Doral Hotel & Country Club (800 acres) in Miami, and the historic Old Post Office Building in Washington, D.C. which is being developed into a world class luxury hotel. Seen as a generational asset by the Trump family, the redevelopment plan will infuse the building with new life. Groundbreaking was in July of 2014.
Mr. Trump is the Emmy-nominated star and co-producer of the reality television series, “The Apprentice” which quickly became the number one show on television, making ratings history and receiving rave reviews and world wide attention. “The Celebrity Apprentice” has met with great success as well, being one of the highest rated shows on television. The Apprentice’s record fourteenth season premiered in January, 2015. “You’re fired!” is listed as the third greatest television catchphrase of all time. In 2007, Mr. Trump received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and he is among the highest paid public speakers in the world. The Apprentice has raised over $15 million for charity.
Mr. Trump was born in Queens, New York. He is married to Melania Trump and father to Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka, Eric, Tiffany and Barron. He is a proud grandfather of seven.
Mike Pence Vice President
Mike Pence is a former six-term U.S. congressman from Indiana and current governor of Indiana. In 2016 he was chosen as the Republican vice presidential nominee on Donald Trump's ticket.
Born in Indiana in 1959, Mike Pence attended Hanover College and the Indiana University McKinney School of Law. After losing two bids for a U.S. congressional seat, he became a conservative radio and TV talk show host in the 1990s. Pence successfully ran for Congress in 2000, rising to the powerful position of Republican conference chairman, before being elected governor of Indiana in 2012. In July 2016, he surfaced as the vice presidential running mate for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Michael Richard Pence was born on June 7, 1959, in Columbus, Indiana. One of six children of Nancy and Edward Pence, a U.S. Army veteran who operated a series of gas stations, Mike Pence was politically influenced by the Irish Catholic leanings of his family. He grew up idolizing former President John F. Kennedy, and volunteered for the Bartholomew County Democratic Party as a student at Columbus North High School.
While church had played an important role in Pence's early family life, he became more deeply religious as a student at Hanover College. Additionally, although he voted for Jimmy Carter in 1980, he became inspired by Ronald Reagan and the Republican Party. After graduating with a B.A. in history in 1981, he moved to Indianapolis in 1983 to attend the Indiana University McKinney School of Law, earning his J.D. in 1986.
Mike Pence went into private practice following his graduation, and tried his hand at politics by becoming a precinct committeeman for the Marion County Republican Party. Seeking to make a bigger splash, he ran for Congress in 1988 and 1990, losing both times to Democrat Phil Sharp. However, Pence learned a valuable lesson in defeat; disgusted by his own line of attack ads, he penned an essay in 1991 titled "Confessions of a Negative Campaigner," and vowed to preach a positive message from then on.
Meanwhile, his public profile continued to grow. Pence served as president of the Indiana Policy Review Foundation from 1991 through 1993, before making the leap to radio talk show punditry with "The Mike Pence Show." Referring to himself as "Rush Limbaugh on decaf," Pence was unapologetic in his support of a conservative agenda, but was commended for his level-headed manner and willingness to listen to opposing views. His radio show was syndicated in 1994, and he branched out to television as a morning show host the following year, before ending both programs in 1999.
Mike Pence revived his political career by running for Congress again in 2000, this time winning a seat. Describing himself as "a Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order," he quickly demonstrated that he wasn't afraid to buck party lines. He opposed President George W. Bush's No Child Left Behind policy in 2001, as well as the Medicare prescription drug expansion the following year. While his positions rankled party elders, they bolstered his reputation as a man of strong convictions, and he easily won reelection five times.
Climbing the ranks of Republican leadership, Pence was named head of the Republican Study Committee in 2005. He was unsuccessful in his bid to become minority leader in 2006, losing to Ohio's John Boehner, but two years later he was unanimously elected to the powerful position of Republican conference chairman.
A staunch fiscal conservative, Pence insisted on cuts to the federal budget before supporting funding for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts in 2005, and was among the leading opponents of the federal bailout in 2008. He also drew attention for his social views, notably supporting a plan to shut down the government over a fight to defund Planned Parenthood in 2011.
In 2011, Mike Pence announced his intention to run for governor of Indiana the following year. Despite strong name recognition and a platform focused on tax cuts and job growth, he became embroiled in a heated race with Democrat John Gregg, eventually pulling out a close win with just under 50 percent of the vote.
Pence got to work on fulfilling his promises, and in 2013 he sealed the deal on a $1.1 billion give-back, the largest tax cut in state history. He also signed into law the state's first pre-K funding program and steered funds toward infrastructure improvements. By 2016, Indiana was enjoying a $2 billion budget surplus and a pristine triple-A credit rating, but critics point out that the state's wages are below national average.
However, Pence found himself in the national spotlight and on shaky ground after signing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in March 2015. Intending to protect business owners who didn't want to participate in same-sex weddings, Pence instead encountered resistance from moderate members of his party and corporations that threatened to pull out of the state, and he was forced to alter the bill to provide exemptions for LGBT communities. Similarly, he came under fire in the spring of 2016 for signing a bill that prohibits abortions when the fetus has a disability.
Shortly after announcing his intention to run for a second term as governor, Pence returned to the national spotlight when he surfaced as the vice presidential candidate for likely 2016 Republican nominee Donald Trump. Although Pence had opposed some of Trump's views, he was believed to be a good running mate for the New York business mogul due to his ties to congressional leaders and strong support among conservatives. (Pence had originally endorsed Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz during the primaries.)
On July 15, 2016, Trump officially announced that Pence was his choice for vice presidential nominee via Twitter.
At a press conference a day later, Trump called Pence “a man of honor, character and honesty.”
Pence has been married to wife Karen since 1985. A former elementary school teacher, Karen has also been involved with youth-related nonprofit organizations. The couple has three adult children: Michael, Charlotte and Audrey.
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