As the night wore on, the mood changed drastically at the Springfield Country Club, where Republican candidates gathered to wait for election results. Initially, it seemed the GOP would retain their seats and claim victory as they have in the county for decades.
But, it was not to be.
At the end of the night, with 100 percent of precincts reporting throughout the county, with the exception of Republicans Christine Fizzano Cannon and Jack Whelan, who were victorious in their quests for judge of the Commonwealth Court and judge of the Court of Common Pleas respectively, Tuesday’s county elections were swept by Democrat candidates.
Democrats Kevin Madden and Brian Zidek defeated Republican incumbent Dave White and newcomer John Perfetti in a hotly contested battle for Delaware County Council.
Democrat Mary Walk, an attorney who serves on Swarthmore Borough Council, soundly defeated Republican Beth Naughton-Beck, an attorney and solicitor for several Delaware County municipalities.
Democrat Jerry Sanders becomes the first African-American sheriff of Delaware County, defeating incumbent Republican Mary McFall Hopper.
In addition to Fizzano Cannon, Democrat Ellen Ceisler captured the second spot in the race for Commonwealth Court judge.
For the most part, municipal races remained steady, with the exception of Brookhaven, Rutledge and Nether Providence, which are now in Democrat control.
In Brookhaven Borough, Democrat incumbent Janice Sawicki received the most votes, followed by Republican George Pappas, incumbent Republican Denise Leslie and Democrat newcomer Terry Heller. The make up of Borough Council is now 4-3, in favor of Democrats.
In Rutledge Borough, with four, four-year term seats up for grabs, Democrats Samantha Newell, Heidi Sentivan, Ken Torres-Zickler and Jody Roberts soundly defeated Republican incumbents James Jones, Eric Leggett, David Waltz, and Marlaina Kloepfer.
In the two-year race for Council, Democrats Christine Gradel and Lindsay Reed were victorious.
And in Nether Providence Township, Democrats Matthew David Garson and Kaitlin McKenzie Fiumara, soundly defeated Republicans Caroline Reilly and Kelly Pennoni for seats on the Board of Commissioners. Republican incumbent Robert O’Connor retained his seat on the board.