3 New Delaware County Council Members Sworn in as Democrats Take the Reigns

The 2020 Delaware County C ouncil. Shown are, from left, Brian Zidek, Christine Reuther, Dr. Monica Taylor, Elaine Paul Schaefer and Kevin Madden. Image via Delaware County Public Relations.

With the swearing in of three newly-elected members of County Council Monday, Jan. 6, at the Media Courthouse, the voters put Democrats in charge of Delaware County.

The three new members join Democrats Kevin Madden and Brian Zidek on the board, creating an all-Democratic County Council.

Also sworn in was the new District Attorney, Jack Stollsteimer.

The new Council voted for its new chairman and vice chairman following the induction ceremony.

The new council members are:

Christine Reuther, of Wallingford, is a Delaware County native and a graduate of Haverford High School.  She has a degree in government from Harvard University and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley Law School. Reuther is a tax lawyer at Ballard Spahr.

She was previously in-house counsel for PECO Energy and CIGNA Corporation and a shareholder at the Devon law firm of McCausland Keen and Buckman.

She is currently vice president of the board of Child Guidance Resource Centers in Havertown.

Reuther has served on the Nether Providence Board of Commissioners and Planning Commission and represents Nether Providence at the Central Delaware County Authority. She is also Rutledge Borough solicitor.

Elaine Paul Schaefer of Radnor is an attorney focusing on non-profit management and environmental advocacy. She has an undergraduate degree from Boston College and a law degree from William and Mary.

She is currently executive director of the Schuylkill River Greenways National Heritage Area.

She served eight years as Radnor Township Commissioner, three as president.

She co-founded the Radnor Conservancy and has served on numerous boards in Radnor and the county focusing on conservation, education, business and history.

Dr. Monica Taylor of Upper Darby is a professor and program director in the Kinesiology department at the University of Sciences in Philadelphia.

She spearheaded Early STEAM, an elementary school program to introduce young students to science, technology, engineering, arts and math and uses community outreach to educate high school students about health care careers.

Taylor has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine. She was a standout on the women’s basketball team, and played professionally in Ireland.[i] She earned a master’s degree at East Stroudsburg University while a graduate assistant basketball coach.

Taylor worked at the United States Military Academy at West Point before earning her Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.

She worked four years as a professor and assistant women’s basketball coach at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, IA.

Taylor has served on the Upper Darby School Board and Delaware County Intermediate Unit Board of Directors.

Council’s first public agenda meeting takes place this morning, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 10 a.m., in the county council room.

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