Rich White is running for a seat on the Thornbury Township Board of Supervisors. Born and raised in western Massachusetts, Rich graduated from MIT with a B.S. in mechanical engineering. Hired by Hewlett-Packard in 1981, he relocated to California, where he and Sue Martin married two years later. They transferred to Pennsylvania in 1987, when Rich accepted a new position with Agilent Technologies, living first in West Goshen, then moving to Thornbury Township, Delaware County, ten years later. He continues to work for Agilent Technologies in Wilmington, Delaware.
A man of many interests and skills, he relishes his roles as husband, dad, and grandfather; and takes pride in his career as a mechanical engineer. He also enjoys his leisure-time pursuits as a hiker, fly fisherman, cyclist, woodworker, foodie, and self-professed wine snob. Sue is a physical therapist for Remed Recovery Care Centers, working with people who have mild traumatic brain injuries. She and Rich have a son and daughter and two grandchildren; they reside on Creek Road with their most recent rescue cat, Pepper.
Rich’s community involvement includes membership in the Chester Ridley Crum Watersheds Association. His interest in that group focuses on their work with annual cleanups and efforts to collect data and document stream health. He feels strongly that the water quality of the East Branch of Chester Creek must be improved and maintained for the benefit of generations of residents to come. He currently chairs the township’s Environmental Advisory Committee, where he has volunteered for nearly 20 years. In this position, he aims to highlight and preserve the outdoor assets that make Thornbury special.
He has been involved in the Appalachian Service Project for the last 30 years. With his local church, Rich has led high school students in a home-improvement ministry in the Appalachian region.
While he has voted in every election since turning 18, Rich was not involved in local politics until he and his family moved to Delaware County and engaged developers along with the Concerned Citizens of Thornbury Township. Since then, he has been a member of the Thornbury Democrats and represented Precinct 3 on the Mid-County Democratic Committee.
Rich believes in giving back to the community for the pleasure he has found in living here. Once elected, he will use his leadership and problem-solving skills to help enhance the resources the township has set aside that make Thornbury such an enjoyable place to live.