Ronald H. Surkin, a longtime resident of Chester Heights, is running for a seat on Borough Council. A Harvard Law School graduate, Ron has been a practicing attorney for more than 40 years. He has worked in labor and employment law, civil litigation, and has represented small and mid-sized businesses in a wide range of industries. He also has extensive experience as a private mediator and arbitrator, and has earned a reputation for both quality and honesty in the legal communities of Delaware County and Philadelphia.
Ron considers himself a pragmatist, but certainly not a politician. He thinks his career as a lawyer with complex trial, contract, negotiation and mediation experience will help him make a strong contribution as a new member of the council. He believes his professional skills and legal knowledge will serve the borough well when dealing with the presentations of lawyers and expert witnesses, and in evaluating the many contracts and ordinances that are council’s day-to-day business.
Ron believes that the council should take a proactive, rather than reactive approach to community projects. Bringing this new attitude to governing will help establish a path to the future for Chester Heights that is consistent with community input, responsible financial planning, and the borough’s historic rural character.
The community activity that has brought Ron special joy over many years is baseball. In the Delaware County Men’s Senior Baseball League (MSBL), he not only excelled as a pitcher (eventually earning him the moniker “ageless wonder”) but served as a team manager for 20 years and league commissioner for four. While his children were growing up, he was active in youth sports as a coach. He is also certified as an umpire by the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association, actively working scholastic games throughout Delaware and Chester Counties.
Ron has lived in Delaware County since 1972, and in Chester Heights since 2000. He and his wife, Erika, a registered play therapist and school psychologist, reside at one of the borough’s oldest and most historic properties on Valleybrook Road. They have three children and three grandchildren.