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Well it looks like Spingler will return to Radnor's BoC with a solid majority of like minded Dem's on the board. Spingy's victory of 9 votes is closer than many thought it would  be, it is a testament to first time candidate Emily Hobson. I'd expect Hobson to challenge some of Spingler's absentee ballots, but as of tonight, Spingler is unbound and unstoppable.  

Hold on to your wallets Radnor Taxpayers...

UPDATE!

Went to bed with Spingy eking out a narrow victory only to wake to a slim Hopkins win. While I would expect Spingler to challenge, it looks good, very good, for Radnor.

Hobson edges out longtime Radnor Commissioner Spingler

Ward 3 Republican candidate Emily H. Hobson has edged out longtime Democrat Bill Spingler on the Radnor Board of Commissioners.

With 97.14 of the vote in, Hobson garnered 580 votes to Spingler's 573, according to unofficial election results.

Spingler, a Realtor,  has served 22 years on the board. Prior to that he served eight years as a Delaware county Commissioner.  

Hobson, who works in marketing and brand development for a large multi-national company, grew up in West Viginia and today lives on Conestoga Road with her husband, Tom, and a 5-year-old daughter.

Home for lunch and Spingy has risen again...Natch!

Longtime Radnor Commissioner Bill Spingler edges out challenger

It was deja vu for Radnor's Bil Spingler.

According to unofficial election results, the longtime Ward 3 commissioner edged out Republican Emily Hobson by nine votes.

In 1991 he won re-election by the same margin.  

His victory was a combination of voters hitting the poles and absentee ballots.

“It feels great,” said Spingler, who is an associate broker in real estate. 

Spingler  has served 22 years on the board. Prior to that he served eight years as a Delaware County Commissioner.  

He credits his victory on attempting to personally visit the homes of every constituent in his ward. He said he chatted with about 99 percent of his constituents.  

"I look forward to working with the residents of Radnor Township for the next four years to accomplish a lot of good things together,” he remarked during an interview.

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bummer...serious bummer

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Well, I guess Spingler will now spend our tax money on this useless peace of land, Scenes of Hurricane Floyd, September 1999, as it passed through Radnor Township. Footage was provided by Dave Cannan and Chip Layfield. Producer: John F. Haines, Sr. email:

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Spingler gone!?

If true, a joyous day for Radnor!

The People spoke in regards to the support Spingy gave to township employees essentially stealing tax dollars to fatten their wallets while violating the Ethics Act.

There is some hope for the electorate...

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Great news.  I hope it holds.  Emily is a great person and will be an excellent Commissioneer.

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What??? What???  Really????  I hope Emily prevailed. It's time for a new face in that ward. But I am confused, because the link you placed about the elction goes to THIS article that says Spingler prevailed: http://www.mainlinemedianews.com/articles/2011/11/09/main_line_suburban_life/news/doc4eb9ea4281dde428915835.txt

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Carla,

MLSL updated the story but keep the same link. The numbers still are not "official" and I don't think Hobson has conceded so it could flip again...but as of now Spingler has won.

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Official (unofficial?) county results still show Hobson ahead by 7 votes.

http://election.co.delaware.pa.us/eb/November_2011/36M.html

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county results still show Hobson ahead by 7 votes.

Yep but it also says,

Results are posted as received from machine totals only. Results do not include Absentee, Provisional, or Remote Military votes.

I have spoken to insiders from both sides this afternoon and they say that Spingler has a lead of 8 or 9 votes. My sense is that is where it is going to stay until someone concedes or the vote is certified.

 

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Well it looks like Spingler will indeed be returning (as the Prez no doubt!) to Radnor's Board of Commissioners.

What I find truly surprising is that it seems Emily did not formally challenge any of Spingy's absentee ballots. I would have thought that the Republicans would be ready with the required cash and paperwork to challenge the ballots well in advance of Election Day. I don't blame Emily, or her campaign, since it's their first time running a campaign, but the Committee People should know the drill by now with Spingler and his legendary absentee ballots…unbelievable.

From: George J.Badey [mailto:gjbadey@lawbsd.com]
Saturday, November 19, 2011

Subject: RADNOR DEMOCRATS - ELECTION UPDATE

 

Good news!

 

The Republicans formally requested a recount for the Third Ward Commissioner election and it was conducted yesterday.
 

Bill STILL WON!!!

So, Radnor will have a 5-2 Democratic majority on the Board of Commissioners.

On the School Board, the vote totals did move a little from where they were election night, but we still have the same five elected.  So, Radnor will have a 6-3 Democratic majority on the School Board.

Yesterday I also obtained the “unofficial” totals directly from the Bureau of Elections in Media.  They will not be “official” until certified later this month, but it is very very likely that these will be the final numbers, as they include machines, absentees, etc.
 

Attached to this email are two documents.  One is a township total for school board (it has several townships’ totals including Radnor – Borowski is on page two).  EXTREMELY close election!  (Zajac captured the 5th spot and was 12 votes ahead of Partridge and Partridge was 14 votes ahead of Palmer.  TOWNSHIP WIDE!)   Also attached is a precinct by precinct listing of the returns in all 14 Radnor precincts.  These figures were very close to but not exactly what we had on election night.

All in all, good news.

George

 P.S. This is why I did not want to have a meeting without this info this past Wednesday.

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Why should they vote him Prez, because he can count to 4.  Many put all the blame on Bashore and the handing out of money to his buddies.   Who did the the head of every department want to keep happy so they would not loss their easy job.  Who is the only one left that was Bashore's boss.

The other dems have 4 votes they do not need Bill Spingler and Radnor certainly does not.

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The other dems have 4 votes they do not need Bill Spingler and Radnor certainly does not.

Yup, I agree.  They do not need Spingy, but it is his time. 

Nagle and Schaefer stabbed him in the back (and broke his heart) when they were elected two years ago. But, they have been humbled by events (and their ineffectual time on the BoC) and are truly grateful to have Spingy to lead them. 

Commish Elect Higgins is a dependable Spinglernista, he will proudly cast his vote for Bill Spingler for President.

The thing is, Nagle, Schaefer, and Higgins really want Spingler to lead them and the township. Assuming Spingler votes for himself, that's four votes, and all he needs.

Its been while since a Prez could count on the kind of blind trust and unwavering support the three Spinglernistas on the BoC have for their leader. 

 

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Yeah that Blind Trust Hasn't Been Around Since Bashore! And now Spingler will be Prez. here we go again.

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here we go again

Here we go again? True, but the going is going be much faster than anything Radnor has experienced in the past. Just think, 9 votes and all of Spingler's schemes and dreams realized—cripes!

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Spingler is like 10 giant steps back.  And he will shove thru the Ardrossan land purchase too without further review in a crappy economy or what should have happened - a referendum vote.  And we all remember Mr. Jim the Only Good Blogger is a Silenced One Higgins...

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Spingler is like 10 giant steps back.  And he will shove thru the Ardrossan land purchase too without further review in a crappy economy or what should have happened - a referendum vote.  And we all remember Mr. Jim the Only Good Blogger is a Silenced One Higgins...

A referendum on the township purchasing pricey Ardrossan land seems reasonable. It can be accomplished.

1.) 4 commissioners could vote to put a referendum question on the ballot. (Possible but not likely).

2.) Residents could circulate petitions, and after collecting the required number on signatures, the question would be placed on the ballot. But it gets complicated, since prior to the recession voters approved the Open Space Bond Referendum.  Still, at worst, it would be non-binding, that would still let the residents have their say, if not their way.

Its been done before, years ago signatures were collected by residents and a referendum question was put on the ballot to buy Brooke Farm.  The commissioners quickly voted to put the BoC's  so-called open space referendum question on the ballot; in the end there were 2 ballot questions on the ballot.

The commissioners won, natch. Interestingly Spingler led the failed citizen effort.

How ironic would it be if today's citizens were to petition to have a referendum question placed on the spring ballot in opposition to borrowing money for the purchase of land at Ardrossan?

And while it would be wrong to see such an effort as partisan, assuming that the Republican Presidential Primary has yet to settle, there would be plenty of motivated Republicans at the polls opposed to raising taxes for steep slopes and floodplain.

The timing is good, all it takes is the will ....

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In this video from 2006 Spingler said he had all the confidence in the world in the township manager ( Bashore).  He also mentioned violation of ethics regarding David Fiorenza  ( Honest Financial Director that Bashore fired )     Spingler fought the public's right to see the financials with a sickly guided passion.  He brags that he knows more than anyone who speaks at a meeting, how did he not know about Bashore.  He's a knucklehead or was part of the corruption.

06 19 06 Part 4 of Radnor BOC meeting

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3WmJXuH_RA

9:54 Treasurer speaks, Lisa Seward and Christina Perrone.

Hope the other board members see this before they vote for Prez.

 

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Yup, that clip shows it all.  Hank & Bill at their worst, gleefully facilitating the corruption (metaphorically, and as they would latter learn, actually) while squashing and belittling any efforts at Good Government.

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12 15 08 Radnor BOC Part 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n19JXLGSUwA&feature=related

 

Treasurer asked about bonuses and he was still asking, after 2 years, to have his name removed from automatic signature machine.  The Board should have known but knew nothing???  The board listened to an employee with longevitive pay speak but would not listen to the the general public about saving a $ 1 million a year.    They did not serve for the benefit of the public.  What an embarrassing board.

The entire board, except for John Fisher, should have been fired along with Bashore.  Spingler & Mahoney fought the Treasurer and defended Bashore up until the truth came out and after it came out.

 

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