Every municipal election night yields results that “are not final.” In the case of the recent Trainer Borough primary election for Council, that was really correct.
According to a borough official, a problem counting the votes on election night led to misleading and incorrect results.
According to the Delaware County Bureau of Elections official results, which were released approximately two weeks after the election, incumbent Republican Council member Jon Mathews got the most votes with 91; Awilda Burgos (82), Regina Beck (72), and newcomer Ralph Miles (72). All will be on the Republican ballot in November.
Incumbent Republican Councilman James Cassidy received 63 votes; challengers Jennifer Frazier (65), Marcia Kline (31), Teresa Yeager (15), and Deborah Mervine (21).
Mathews is a 21-year borough resident and has served on Council for 16 years, including a term as president. He attended RETS Electronic School and works at Visual Communications as a foreman responsible for the construction of displays.
Burgos is a 22-year borough resident, a graduate of Chester High School and attended Widener University. She works at an AIDS care group in Chester and is completing her first term on Council.
Beck, a 62-year borough resident, is currently Council president. In addition to serving there for numerous terms, she was appointed mayor in 2008 and served in that capacity for more than a year. Beck attended Eddystone High School and received her EMT/paramedic certification from Delaware County Community College.
Now retired, Beck worked for many years as an emergency medical technician and paramedic crew chief at Sacred Heart Hospital.
Miles, a frequent attendee at Council meetings, is a life long borough resident. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and his family’s borough history is extensive. His father, Dudy Miles, volunteered to help build Henry Johnson Park. Miles hopes to beautify entrances to borough parks, repair streets and work assisting senior and disabled residents.
Mayor Frances Zalewski, also a Republican, went unchallenged. Zalewski is a 56-year borough resident and has been mayor for eight years.
Zalewski served on Council for eight years, was president of the Trainer Community Center Committee, and served on the Board of Health, the Recreation Board, and the Environmental Advisory Council.