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My dedication to our community is what prompted me to run for State Representative of District 162. I have greatly enjoyed meeting my neighbors, sharing concerns and discussing the issues that affect us all. Today, it saddens me to announce that I am withdrawing from the race. I wish to thank everyone involved for their help and support. I will, of course, continue to volunteer, whether it is raising awareness about the billboard in Hetzel Park or much needed funding for our local organizations, schools and libraries. Please know that regardless of the role, my commitment to serve our district is unwavering.
I would need the endorsement of the Democratic party of Delaware county to run as a write in. Everybody okay with this??
F the Rs and Ds--RUN INDEPENDENT!
@Tim...LOL. RP needs a person who is able to think on their own...not allow purse strings to be a motive or their own ego. RP needs an overhaul. From state rep all the way to borough council and everywhere in between. Why is it so hard to find a moral person just willing to do the right thing and not have "politics" play into anything. Call me naïve but I have to believe a person out there exits.
I'm really sorry Michelle that you pulled out. I think you would have been an excellent Representative. This town has got to put somebody in that position. We desperately need help here in Ridley Park.
All--As some of you know, the nominating petitions of Michelle Vanella-Kudenko in the 162nd state house race were challenged in Commonwealth Court. The Del Co Dems issued a press release today with regret, to inform committee leaders that today Michelle withdrew as a candidate.
Personally, I don’t yet know the legal details of how the Miccarrelli campaign was able to engineer this.
The Democratic Party supplied legal counsel to fight the petition challenges. Our RP Dem committee had planned to endorse her as soon as the petitions were settled.
Michelle has pledged to stay active and continue her efforts on behalf of the community. She deserves our thanks for stepping forward and for her heroic effort to get on the ballot in less than 72 hours.
Do you think Miccarelli will attempt to cross-file on the Democrat ticket as Bob Berger tried to do in last year's May primary?
Will the "Del Co Dems" support Miccarelli as a Republican cross-filer on the Democrat ballot?
The Ridley School Board members routinely cross-file so they can lock up the election and run unopposed--where is the democratic process in that?
Daily Times Article:
Dem candidate withdraws from 162nd District race
By John Kopp, Delaware County Daily Times
Posted: 03/25/14, 10:17 PM EDT |
The Democratic candidate running for state House in the 162nd Legislative District withdrew her candidacy Monday following a challenge to the nominating petitions she submitted earlier this month.
Michelle Vanella-Kudenko is exiting the race after a pair of registered Democrats challenged her candidacy with the support of the state Republican Party. Vanella-Kudenko was running to unseat state Rep. Nick Miccarelli, R-162, of Ridley Park.
Former Norwood Mayor George McCloskey and Thomas F. Monahan, of Tinicum, filed a petition to remove Vanella-Kudenko from the May 20 primary ballot. The petition was submitted last week to the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court by Lawrence J. Tabas, who serves as general counsel to the state GOP.
The petitioners challenged 176 signatures collected by Vanella-Kudenko’s campaign, including 50 signatures allegedly submitted under a false affidavit. Candidates for state House need at least 300 valid signatures to be placed on the primary ballot; Vanella-Kudenko submitted 364 signatures.
Vanella-Kudenko, a biology technician from Ridley Park, issued a statement Monday saying she was saddened to withdraw from the race, but declined to comment on the challenge to her nominating petition.
“My dedication to our community is what prompted me to run for state representative of District 162,” she said. “I have greatly enjoyed meeting my neighbors, sharing concerns and discussing the issues that affect us all. Today, it saddens me to announce that I am withdrawing from the race.
“I wish to thank everyone involved for their help and support. I will, of course, continue to volunteer, whether it is raising awareness about the billboard in Hetzel Park or raising much needed funding for our local organizations, schools and libraries. Please know that regardless of the role, my commitment to serve our district is unwavering.”
Miccarelli, who is seeking his fourth term in Harrisburg, declined to comment.
The challenge to Vanella-Kudenko’s nominating petitions included allegations that Jean Davidson, the chairwoman of the Ridley Township Democratic Committee, signed three affidavits for 50 signatures that she did not collect.
The specifics behind the claim were not detailed in the complaint beyond a statement that “based upon the petitioners’ knowledge, information and belief, Davidson did not circulate pages 11, 12 and 13 of the nomination petition and, therefore, her circulator affidavit on those pages is a false affidavit and invalid.”
Tabas did not respond to multiple messages seeking comment. Efforts to reach McCloskey, Monahan and Davidson were unsuccessful.
Tom Danzi, the Republican Party leader of the 162nd District, said he was concerned that some of the irregularities in the nominating petition go beyond “simple mistakes.” He specifically cited the pages circulated by Davidson.
“If there are irregularities that go beyond honest mistakes, then I would really hope it would be investigated and that they would be held to the standards that have been held in the past,” Danzi said.
The petitioners also challenged 81 signatures collected by Colleen Guiney, chairwoman of the Swarthmore Democratic Committee. The petitioners alleged those signatures were invalid because Guiney does not reside within the 162nd Legislative District. Guiney could not be reached for comment.
The remaining 45 signatures under scrutiny were being challenged for a variety of reasons, including illegible signatures, incomplete information and signatures from unregistered voters.
David Landau, chairman for the Delaware County Democratic Party, declined to speculate on whether Vanella-Kudenko could have defeated the ballot challenge.
“I can’t say because I really haven’t evaluated it at all,” Landau said. “That’s really done by her campaign. I, myself, haven’t taken a look at any of that.”
Given the number of signatures Vanella-Kudenko submitted, Landau said he was not surprised by the ballot challenge. He called her withdraw from the race an “unfortunate situation.”
“She stepped up (to run) at the very last minute,” Landau said. “They made an heroic attempt to gather her signatures. They got slightly over the limit but that kind of number in the past has always engendered a ballot challenge.
“She made the decision not to go through extensive legal proceedings and decided to withdraw. She’s a terrific person and I am really pleased she wanted to step up.”
Miccarelli, an Iraq War veteran, Miccarelli joined the General Assembly in 2009 as a 26-year-old.
Miccarelli launched a write-in campaign during the 2012 Democratic primary, beating Ken Harper to gain placement on the general election ballot as both a Republican and a Democrat. Though endorsed by the Republicans, Miccarelli received more votes as Democrat during the general election.
LOL...ur funny! Looking for crime? Look no further than your local council members and elected officials.
Yep, didn't last long did it? It was peaceful and respectful for a short time. Tom p must be a politician...they always go back on their word! Promises made, promises broken.
Maybe Tom p is Bruce Willis. Vampires die hard.
&doglover4...well said. It certainly was peaceful without him. Knew his quietness wouldn't last very long. We just have to ignore him even if he doesn't go away.