The Radnor GOP Committee is proud to endorse the following candidates in the November 2, 2021 General Election.
Radnor Township Board of Commissioners Candidates
Ward 2: Jay Osterholm
For Second Ward Commissioner, Jay Osterholm will be seeking election for a first term. Jay moved to Radnor in junior high and stayed through high school, then moved back to Radnor 6 years ago. Jay is an accomplished Senior Executive, entrepreneur and board member with more than 35 years of experience in the technology, pharmaceutical, medical device, industrial chemical, healthcare, non-profit and consumer industries. As the chair of Radnor Township's Citizens' Audit Review and Financial Advisory Committee (or CARFAC), Jay understands the inner workings of Radnor Township's financial challenges. As Commissioner, Jay would be in a position to take action on the types of responsible fiscal recommendations that CARFAC offers. Jay believes strongly in government fiscal transparency and accountability. He prioritizes serving the interests and needs of residents from a non-partisan, One Radnor Approach.
Ward 4: Sonja Nekoumand
For Fourth Ward Commissioner, Sonja Nekoumand will be seeking election for a first term. Sonja grew up in Oklahoma where she attended college, graduating with her degree in counseling. While she was not born and raised here, Pennsylvania is not new to her. Sonja grew up visiting her family in Radnor on a regular basis and fell in love with the area. Sonja currently works for DPR Construction as an Estimating Assistant, where she is the first point of contact for all subcontractors in the northeast. Before moving to Pennsylvania, Sonja and her family lived in Virginia, where she actively served her community as Chair for Parks and Recreation and on her HOA Board. Sonja is married and has three children. On weekends, you will find her cheering on her two boys on the soccer field and her daughter on the Middle School Field Hockey field in Radnor. Sonja believes in working together, restoring unity and listening to her neighbors. Balance of governance is a start to restoring unity. Sonja hopes to bring a fresh perspective to the Board of Commissioners.
Ward 6: Jake Abel
Jake Abel is seeking re-election as Ward 6 Commissioner. Jake is an Associate Director at Janes, where he oversees the Janes Intelligence Unit’s country intelligence team. Jake previously served as an Intelligence Officer with the Defense Intelligence Agency, as well as a foreign policy advisor to the Office of the Speaker. Jake has served as Ward 6 Commissioner since 2018 where he has focused on four key values – transparency in government, fiscal stewardship, public safety, and protection of our public parks. He has stressed the importance of unifying neighborhoods in order to achieve shared goals. Together, Jake and his neighbors have accomplished much – four new cross-walks connecting neighborhoods, the Morris Road Streetscape Project, the stormwater project at the West Wayne Preserve, the Young Lungs at Play Initiative, and the First Responder Safety Initiative, to name a few. Prior to his election, Jake served on the Shade Tree Committee, where he emphasized the importance of protecting trees in our public parks, and the Upper Main Line YMCA’s Board of Directors. Jake and his wife Kristie have lived in Ward 6 since 2011. They have four growing boys, two dogs, and two cats.
Radnor Township School Board Candidates
For Radnor Township School District Director, Beth Connor will be seeking her first term. Beth has a Bachelor's degree in Elementary and Special Education from the University of Northern Iowa. Because of her background in education, Beth knows how to advocate for all students, support teachers and staff, as well as work with the administration. Beth moved to Radnor seven years ago with her husband and three sons. This year, Beth's sons are spread across three schools in the district, Wayne Elementary, Radnor Middle School and Radnor High School. Since moving to Radnor, Beth has been devoted to the community. She is an active Wayne Elementary home room mom as well as a volunteer with Bluford School of Philadelphia, co-founder and supporter of the Little Free Pantry of St. Mary's, Vestry, Sunday School teacher and Family night leader at St. Mary's, Radnor Middle School New Parent Committee Co-chair, and co-founder of the Vincent and Brown Fund. Beth is devoted to access to excellence for all Radnor students, being a voice for parents and bringing balance back to the Board.
For Radnor Township School District Director, Bob Whitehead will be seeking election to his first term. Born and raised in Radnor Township, Bob has a large, close-knit family with deep roots within the community. Bob and his wife Sara (a Radnor alumni) have three children in Radnor schools. Sara is currently serving as PTO President at Wayne Elementary School. With children currently attending Wayne Elementary, Radnor Middle, and Radnor High Schools, Bob has a broad perspective on the student experience and is dedicated furthering Radnor's tremendous history and tradition of distinction. Bob is the Director of Operations for a Wayne-based transportation and logistics company and volunteers coaching Pop Warner Youth Football for the Wayne Wildcats. Bob believes that process drives excellence. He is focused on engaging with students, parents, faculty and taxpayers. Bob believes that transparency and open communication are vital to maximize the district's relationship with stakeholders. If elected, Bob pledges to act as a community servant and would be privileged to contribute to RTSD's tremendous legacy.
For Radnor Township School District Director, Dave Falcone will be seeking a second term. Dave is born and raised in Radnor. While he moved away for college at St. Mary's College of Maryland, he returned to to attend Villanova University School of Law. For the last 18 years, Dave has worked as an attorney with Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr, representing clients around the country, as well as locally, in various real estate transactions. Dave will bring experience as a former school board member. Dave has served both as Vice President and President of the Radnor Township School Board. He was the lead negotiator for the Board that hired our current Superintendent as well as negotiated a successful early bird contract with our teacher's union that brought stability and unity. While on the Board, Dave developed a reputation as a consensus builder, who regularly bridged gaps between a Board that was politically divided. Dave is married with four children, soon to all be in Radnor schools. In two years, he will have children spread across three buildings, Ithan Elementary School, Radnor Middle School and Radnor High School. When not practicing law, Dave serves on the local Radnor soccer board and is an active little league coach.
For Radnor Township School District Director, Laura Foran will be seeking election to her first term. Laura is Radnor-raised, Radnor-educated, Radnor-employed, and a Radnor parent. A 1979 graduate of Radnor High School, she then attended Cabrini College, but is perhaps best known for her 20 years at Radnor Middle School, including seven years as president of the Radnor Educational Support Professionals Association. An active volunteer in the educational community since 2005, Laura served as a Core Team Member of the RTSD Strategic Planning Committee and on the Sleep Study Committee. Laura also founded the RMS Community Service Club in 2005 and currently runs the school-sponsored Homework Club. If elected, Laura plans to retire as a District employee.
Radnor Township Treasurer Candidate
For Radnor Township Treasurer, Linda Dowd is seeking her first term. She graduated from Babson College with majors in both accounting and entrepreneurial studies. Linda's past career experiences include accounting and finance roles in large and small companies, roles as Treasurer in numerous non-profits, and real estate management for a firm and for a personal portfolio. Her internal controls and process improvement skills are useful to the position. Linda believes that her high degree of integrity and respectful interaction with Radnor residents are both critical attributes for the role. She was appointed Deputy Tax Collector earlier this year and has filled in for the current Treasurer. This gives her hands-on experience and will enable a smooth transition. Linda has enjoyed living in Radnor for 25 years and raised three children with her husband Jerry.