Candidates and their supporters socialized last Tuesday at the Delaware County GOP’s “Delco on the Deck” fundraiser at Anthony’s at Paxon Hollow.
Frank Agovino, Delco GOP chairman, rallied the troops for the fall campaign, telling them they will have to work hard to elect Republican candidates.
The event raised $10,000.
Agovino also introduced County Council candidates Jeff Jones, an insurance industry professional from Upper Darby, and Bill Dennon, the Upland Borough mayor who works as a maintenance mechanic. A third council candidate, Joy Schwartz, a retired history teacher, who worked in the William Penn District, could not attend.
Also on hand were Dawn Getty Sutphin, who is running for Common Pleas judge, and Beth Stefanide-Miscichowski, the Republican candidate for district attorney.
Sutphin currently runs her private legal practice but previously served as a Delaware Sutphin. She’s served as county assistant public defender, internal and outside counsel for PECO, and an attorney at Ballard Spahr.
Stefanide-Mischowski, now in private practice, spoke to DVJournal and others about a case she remembers from her early days in the district attorney’s office, watching the trial for serial killer Arthur Bomar, who preyed on young women. Bomar stalked the victim, Aimee Willard, 22, at Smokey Joe’s, a Villanova bar, before killing her, Her empty car was found at an exit on I476 and her body was left in north Philadelphia. Bomar, who was previously convicted of second-degree murder in Nevada, was on parole. He is now on death row.
“It could be your daughter,” said Stefanide-Miscichowski, mentioning how crime can happen anywhere, even in Radnor. “It could be my daughter. Our office did an amazing job.”
But she does not think the DA’s Office is currently doing everything it can to bring criminals to justice under the management of her opponent, Democrat DA Jack Stollsteimer.
She noted that Stollsteimer “benched the man who prosecuted (Bomar) and did all the appeals,” only to bring him back on a per diem basis. She said Stollsteimer fired other experienced attorneys with institutional knowledge and could have trained young lawyers starting out.
“Crime is up outrageously,” said Stefanide-Miscichowski said. “Crime is leaching into Delaware County like never before.”
Agovino agreed with Stefanide-Mischowski.
“Crime is unbelievable,” Agovino said. “We need to do things differently. We need to support our police.” And as for Stefanide-Mischowski, he said, “She’s right out of central casting.”
Stefanide-Mischowski worked in the District Attorney’s Office for eight years, serving in both the pre-trial and trial divisions of the office. Her work included handling misdemeanor and felony cases, including multiple homicides, and she was ultimately elevated to trial team leader of the office’s juvenile division. Upon starting her family, Stefanide-Miscichowski left the DA’s Office, worked with the Public Defender’s Office and eventually started her law practice, which specializes in elder law and estate planning.