Julie Raynor (Malvern Borough Council)

I moved from Manhattan to Malvern in 2011 with my spouse — an attorney for a large financial services organization — and fell in love with its small town charms: the warm people, historic homes, Victorian train station, local shops, Burke Park, rolling hills and farms. You can often see me walking to Paoli Battlefield with my dogs, exploring the Borough warrens. We appreciate Malvern's small town peace, quiet, and beauty. As a New Yorker, I have a unique appreciation for all of these qualities that make Malvern so special. I want to serve on Borough Council to help preserve what made me fall in love with Malvern in the first place.

After volunteering in local politics for the last couple of years, I am excited to be running for Malvern Borough Council in 2017 at a time when we are welcoming more women to public office. I want to give back to our community and work with other council members on behalf of the residents of Malvern to preserve and nurture its unique character while managing growth of new business, traffic, and population. I care about the environment and want to do all we can to protect it for generations to come.

I am looking forward to meeting and listening to more of my fellow Malvern citizens to hear their concerns, interests, and ideas, and hope to be able to well represent them as a councilmember. My family has hailed from the Mid-Atlantic for many generations: my father is from Washington, DC, my mother from Virginia. My great-grandparents were married in Philadelphia and my maternal grandmother was one of the first women to go to UVA Law School; my paternal grandmother was personal secretary to US Senator William Proxmire. My parents met at UVA where my father earned his PhD in philosophy; my mother was an accountant.

I hold a BA with Honors from Hunter College and an MFA in Fiction and Poetry from Columbia University School of the Arts. An educator in higher education for more than twenty years, I now teach literature and composition at Delaware County Community College, and am passionate about helping students discover their own love of reading and writing. Many students in community college are struggling to manage finances, jobs, grades, and family life. We need to prioritize making quality education available for all people, I believe, to help them learn to become all that they can be. I hope to put some of my skills to good use for the Borough, to help Malvern tell its story to the world and to help Borough Government communicate effectively with its citizens. Protecting and preserving Malvern's wonderful open spaces for public use would be a top priority for me on Borough Council.

My friends would describe me as passionate, committed, honest, diligent, engaged, sincere, a great listener and communicator, creative and responsible. I have always shown an ability to follow through to a solution no matter how difficult the path, and those qualities enable me to stand up for what is right and fair. I hope I have the opportunity to give back to this exceptional community that has already given us so much joy and fulfillment by serving on Malvern Borough Council.

In my private life, I am passionate about music and the arts! I am an aspiring novelist and published songwriter; as well, I grew up singing in the choir in the Episcopal Church, and later sang in the chorus at Congregation Beth Simchat Torah in New York. When time allows, I attend theatre, ballet, concerts, and opera. I love to travel and am fortunate to have been to a number of countries in Europe as well as Asia, Africa, and Australia.