Balance of power in suburban Philly counties in voters' hands

Jim Melwert
November 05, 2019 - 6:39 am

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — For decades, county government in suburban Philadelphia was reliably Republican, but that's changed over the past few years. Voters today will have a big say where it goes from here. 

Start in Delaware County, where there hadn't been a single Democrat on County Council for decades, until two were elected to the five-person board two years ago. Now with the other three seats up for grabs, Christine Reuther, Elaine Paul Schaefer and Monica Taylor hope to sweep the board into unanimous Democratic control, facing Republicans Mike Morgan, Jim Raith and Kelly Colvin.

In Montgomery County, commissioners Val Arkoosh and Ken Lawrence aim to hold on to the Democratic majority on the board of commissioners. But the feud between Republicans Joe Gale and Fred Connors shows the enormous rift among the county's GOP. Connor has the backing of the county Republican Party, and while voters can pick two candidates, Gale is urging them to only cast a vote for him and not for Connor.

In Bucks County, the GOP is trying to hold on to the majority it's held since 1988, as Republicans Rob Loughery and Gene DiGirolamo face Diane Ellis Marseglia and Robert Harvie.

Chester County is the last collar county where Republicans still hold a registration edge. Republicans Michelle Kichline and Terence Ferrell are facing challenges from Josh Maxwell and Marian Moskowitz.