Yesterday, the Republican nominee, Lisa Orangers Faraglia, for Upper Darby Council sat down to answer a few questions regarding the seat she is hoping to hang onto for the Republican Party. Election Day is quickly approaching and in Upper Darby there are there are several seats on the council up for grabs. In the second district of Upper Darby, Republican Lisa Orangers Faraglia running for council after the retirement of John Rankin, who served his district for the past 8 years. Faraglia is a lifelong resident of Westbrook Park who face is familiar to many of her neighbors already. Faraglia recently helped keep parents updated when Drexel Hill Middle School students were stranded after their bus broke down coming back from a school trip to Washington, D.C. She helped to keep parents abreast of the situation through social network sites such as Facebook. She even reached out to Mayor Tom Micozzie who touched base with the local police who delivered water to the students while waiting for another bus to pick them up to bring them back to Drexel Hill.
When asked why we should vote for Faraglia next week her response is that Faraglia considers herself to a “tireless worker who committed myself to the children and families in our committee.” Faraglia is an employee at the Crozer Keystone Health System for 23 years, (Delaware County Hospital) and Faraglia has been active in the Upper Darby community for many years. Faraglia has been an active member of Holy Cross CYO and Cardinal O’Hara’s Lady Lions Basketball Club.
What distinguishes Faraglia from other candidates she believes is that she has constantly acted to better her community. For instance, Faraglia was a member of Upper Darby Township’s Comprehensive Planning Committee. What Faraglia hopes to bring to the job is being an advocate for her neighborhood and to make “the best use of available funds for the township” and to “keep emphasis on public safety for our residents.” Faraglia states that “long time resident of Westbrook Park, where I reside with my husband and children Angela and Nicholas.” Faraglia has also volunteered for the past 8 years as a Republican committee person to help advocating for neighbors with township concerns.
On the Democratic slate for this council seat is John J. Firth, who is also a lifelong member of Westbrook Park. Furth has been a familiar face in Upper Darby politics and an advocate for change in what has been perceived as a one party township. Furth is a retired medical researcher at the University of Pennsylvania who went to Cornell University. Furth wrote about his background that he “has been a candidate for office on numerous occasions as well as being active in civic affairs, holding office in the Darby Creek Valley Association, the Friends of the Swedish Cabin and the Fair Housing Council of Delaware County. I am retired from the University of Pennsylvania, where I was on the faculty of the School of Medicine.”
According to filing for other positions that Furth has run for he would like to “Maintain residential quality of district, 2. Lower taxes, 3. Preserves remaining open space.