Democrats express interest in vacant county council seat

A pair of Democrats announced today that they have applied for the vacant county council seat created by Chairman Tom McGarrigle’s departure for the state Senate.

Former Lansdowne Mayor Jayne Young and Media tax collector Bob Dimond submitted their information to the county clerk earlier this week, according to the Delaware County Democratic Party.

McGarrigle, a Republican, is leaving council with one year remaining on his second term. The all-Republican board is charged with appointing a replacement within 30 days of McGarrigle’s Dec. 31 resignation.

No Democrat has held a seat on the board since the county’s Home Rule Charter went into effect in 1976.

Young, who previously served as three terms as mayor of Lansdowne, is a project manager at the Pennsylvania Resources Council. She unsuccessfully ran for county council in 2011.

Dimond, a Korean War veteran, has served as Media’s tax collector since 1999. He previously was the mayor of East Lansdowne for eight years and a council member there for eight years beforehand.

Young and Dimond joined Rev. Keith Collins in publicly announcing their interest. Collins has twice run unsuccessfully for council as a Democrat, though he indicated that he is switching his registration to independent.

The county is accepting resumes from candidates until Friday.

McGarrigle, who beat Democrat John Kane to win the open seat in the 26th Senatorial District, presided over his final county council meeting today. Council unanimously passed a $338 million budget that holds the line on real estate taxes in 2015.

 

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