On November 3rd, residents of Upper Darby will go to the polls to vote on who will serve the community in a number of positions. Mayor Thomas Micozzie is running unopposed so he will get to serve our township for another 4 years. Council seats are up for grabs in the 2nd, 4th and 6th Districts. In the 4th District there is a matchup of a longtime contributor to the community or a new face to the area who has ideas that change is needed. The battle is between Republican Marc Manfre, who has lived his entire life in the Highland Park section of Upper Darby and Democrat Michael Bente who has lived in the neighborhood for the past 2 years.
Manfre was brought up in the St. Laurence parish and has stayed in the same neighborhood through the years. Manfre is married to his wife, Marybeth and they have 3 children. Manfre lives in the Kirklyn section of Upper Darby. Manfre volunteers his time to help our community and most importantly volunteers to help the next generation, our children, to have an outlet and safe environment to grow up in. Marc is the President of the Upper Darby Police Athletic League, (PAL) and has served as the President of the St. Laurence CYO. “As a parent, I realize how important for kids to have an outlet, a safe place to hang out at and play. Kids get in trouble because they have nowhere to go and nothing to do. Keeping kids engaged leads to an adult who will care about their neighborhood.”
Manfre is a graduate of Temple University, the Cherry and the White. With a degree in Recreation and Sports Management. Using that education, Manfre is the Director of Delaware County Parks and Recreation Department where he oversees more than 40 employees and oversees budget of $ 1.7 million. Manfre also donates his time as a member of the Hero Scholarship Fund Board and the Hero Bowl Committee. Manfre believes that it is volunteers who make help create a community, he said, “Communities are not brick and mortar but a community is the people who live, work and the children who grow up there. A community is always the people. We have to make sure the people are given the best that government to help them achieve the best quality of life they can have.”
Manfre has already received endorsement from Mayor Thomas Micozzie and from the Chairman of Delaware County Council, Mario Civera. In a joint endorsement they said of Manfre, “Marc is a tireless worker who has committed himself to the young people and families of the community. Marc’s longstanding commitment and lifelong ties to our neighborhoods make him uniquely qualified to represent the residents of Highland Park, Kirklyn, Drexel Hill and Bywood.”
The Democrat running for this position did not respond to messages to participant in the creation of this article. With that in mind, Mark Manfre is the obvious choice to represent the neighborhoods for the 4th District Council on Upper Darby Council. Manfre is a motivated man whose lifelong involvement in the community is the reason why Marc Manfre is the clear choice to represent the 4th District.