Community activist, education advocate Kate Smith picked to fill Upper Darby vacancy

Upper Darby >> The Republican majority of the Upper Darby Board of School Directors Thursday night prevailed when it appointed party member Kate Smith to fill a vacancy on the board.

Board President Judy Gentile, vice president Ken Rucci, Maureen Carey, Vincent Gordon and Lee Jordan cast the winning votes for Smith over Democrats Ed Brown and Jahneva Bame.

Democrats Heather Boyd, Rachel Mitchell and Manjit Singh supported Brown.

Smith, Bame and Brown were all interviewed by the board before voting that evening.

This is the first time Smith will be serving on the board despite her involvement on many district and township committees and boards.

“I am very grateful for the opportunity to serve our community in this way, and am especially thankful to the current directors for the votes, but also for those who made comments recognizing a stronger working relationship,” she said after the board’s vote.

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