Another power center for Republicans, the office of Upper Darby mayor, changed hands in last Tuesday’s General Election when voters put in first-term township council member Democrat Barbarann Keffer over longtime Republican incumbent Tom Micozzie, writes Michael Bond and Vinny Vella for The Philadelphia Inquirer.
MIcozzie had served since 2009.
Keffer edged out Micozzie by about 900 votes.
Micozzie has served since 1988, when he was elected as a council member. A former fire chief and a lifelong resident of the town of 83,000 residents, he ran unopposed in 2015
“I think people were ready for a change in leadership,” she said.
Keffer is an administrator for Rutledge Borough, a community of about 800 residents, and has a bachelor’s degree in government from Harvard University. She was elected to the township council in 2014.
At the polls Tuesday, Nancy Caruso, 71, said she voted all-Republican, as she’s done for decades. That included support for Micozzie’s reelection bid.
Saul Machles took the same approach, albeit for the Democrats. Machles, a public school teacher in Philadelphia, said he had nothing against Micozzie, but felt that Keffer was the stronger candidate.
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