Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Former candidate nominates himself for upcoming county council vacancy

A Ridley Township Democrat defeated in the Delaware County Council race a few weeks ago has nominated himself for an upcoming vacancy on county council.

During the public comment portion of Tuesday’s county council meeting, Keith Collins said he wanted to recommend “a good friend of mine” to fill an anticipated vacancy on council. There will be a vacancy in January when current county council Chairman Jack Whelan will resign to take office as the county’s top prosecutor.

Whelan won in the race for Delaware County district attorney earlier this month. His four-year term on county council does not expire until January 2014.

When Whelan resigns, council will have the opportunity to appoint someone to finish out his term. The person who is appointed will fill the seat for two years and then the seat will be up in the 2013 municipal election.

Collins submitted his nomination in an envelope to county Solicitor John McBlain.

“I recommended someone very close to me — myself,” said Collins in an interview after the meeting.

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As a resident of Delco, do you think Collins should get the nomination?

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