Newly Elected Democrats Promise More Transparency at Swearing-In Ceremony

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Image of Jerry Sanders at the swearing-in ceremony via Laura Benshoff, WHYY.

Newly elected Democrats in Delaware County promised a more transparent two-party government at the recent swearing-in ceremony for public servants, writes Laura Benshoff for WHYY.

The elections in November saw Democrats take two out of the five council seats, as well as three row offices. This is a historic change as Delaware County has long been a Republican stronghold.

New Sheriff Jerry Sanders, who previously worked for the sheriff’s office in Philadelphia, said that he’d like to do an assessment upon taking office.

“We’ll see what works, what can be improved on, what is being done that has served its purpose and can be dispensed with,” he said.

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In addition to Sanders, the new Register of Wills, Mary Walk, and new Controller, Joanne Phillips, won row offices in the county as Democrats.

Meanwhile, newly elected Councilman Kevin Madden credits the unexpected shakeup in Delaware County on the current disillusionment with entrenched political divides.

“Delaware County has been a county run by a lot of good people, but run by an organization that’s seen things through one lens,” he said. “That’s one-party rule.”

Read more about the historic ceremony at WHYY here.

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