The 13 Most Interesting PA Races of 2013

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3. Delaware County Council
Democrats Patricia Worrell and Bill Clinton vs. Republicans Mario Civera* and Dave White.*

Although Delaware County borders the Democratic stronghold of Philadelphia, the Delco GOP has maintained an iron grip on local offices for decades. Perhaps this explains why several unions backed both Republican incumbents. Council Vice Chairman Mario Civera, a former state legislator, and Dave White are vying for another four year term. Meanwhile, the Democrats nominated Patricia Worrell, the Chairwoman of the Chester Zoning Hearing Board, and Bill Clinton, a councilman from Upper Providence Township.

Why it matters: The Delco GOP is one of the strongest county parties in the Commonwealth. However, the Democrats have made inroads over the past ten years, and even-year elections have turned the county blue (Obama won by 21% in 2012). An unpopular Republican governor and state legislature could shift these suburbs to the left. To wit, the Democrats’ campaign has been roughly 100% focused on linking the Republicans to Corbett, while the GOP candidates notablydistanced themselves from the Governor.