Four Narberth residents take on prospect of Borough Council

The deadline to apply to fill former Councilman Surge Ghosh's position on Narberth Borough Council came today at noon, and it seems four residents are ready to serve.

Andrea Deutsch, Richard Diaz, Michael Gaudini and Ken Jacobs all submitted their resumes to the borough expressing interest in serving on Borough Council. Council will interview the candidates publicly on Jan. 30 at 7:30 p.m.

Deutsch, owner of Spot’s: the Place for Paws at Montgomery Avenue, is a member of the Narberth Business Association and served as the 2011-12 president of the Narberth Democratic Club. She graduated from Temple University's Beasley School of Law in 1992 and received her undergraduate degree in American Studies at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa.

A Narberth newcomer, Diaz moved to the borough in April 2009. Also a graduate of Temple’s law school, Diaz served in the U.S. Navy from 2001 to 2006 and attended George Washington University’s School of Business. Prior to moving to Pennsylvania, where he now works as an associate for employment and labor practice group Blank Rome LLP, Diaz worked in San Diego. He lives in Narberth with his wife and daughters.

Joining his fellow candidates as a Temple alumnus, Gaudini graduated with a degree in journalism in August 2011. Currently an intern for Sen. Daylin Leach (D-17), Gaudini submitted a letter to council citing the importance of his lifelong dedication to Narberth, working with the Lower Merion and Narberth Public Access Channel and journalistic skills.

“I have been a member of the Narberth community my entire life and am committed to ensuring that it continues to thrive,” Gaudini said in the letter.

Also noting his current applications to graduate school, Gaudini notified council he isn’t sure where he’ll be living beyond August 2012.

“Because of this uncertainty, I recognize that it may not be in Narberth or the Borough Council’s interests to appoint me over another qualified candidate at this time,” Gaudini said. “However, I have made the decision to submit this application in order to demonstrate my interest in a Borough Council seat both now and in the future.”

Jacobs spent time in Winter Park, Fla., at Rollins College to study political science. He later studied organizational behavior and marketing at Drexel University, where he received his MBA. After working in real estate, consulting and communications, Jacobs launched Clinical Research Resources, a book publishing company for the pharmaceutical, biotech and health care industries.

If you know these Narberth residents, let us know what you think about their candidacies in the comments. And don’t forget: the public can email interview questions to the Borough Council at