Candidate for 1st Ward, seeking second term
Elections. Jim Higgins was elected to the Radnor Board of Commissioners in 2011 to represent the First Ward and in May 2015 voters nominated him to be the Democratic candidate in the General Election November 3. He has been a resident of North Wayne for 36 years and was previously twice elected to the Radnor Board of Commissioners in the 1980's and '90's.
He is and was universally recognized as someone who can work with his Republican colleagues in a civil and creative way to accomplish positive, significant things for Radnor. Since being elected in November 2011, he and the Democratic majority, have ensured that taxpayers would have no tax increases for 2013, 2014, 2015. With Republican support the Board of Commissioners reduced unfunded pension and health insurance liabilities by $6.7 million from 2012-2015.
In 2013-14 the Democratic majority, with his leadership, acquired 71.03 unspoiled acres of the Ardrossan Farm-- pasture, woodlands and streams—for perpetual preservation. In 2014-2015, he was the prime sponsor of Ordinance No. 2013-15, requiring all tax-exempt owners to pay fees to control runoff, adding millions to a fund to combat flooding, with the current balance being $2.6M. In 2012-2015, for the Villanova University development, he ensured that there would be a pedestrian bridge over Rt. 30 and strict controls on buildings, stormwater and esthetics for development of a dormitory, shops and performing arts center on a 22-acre site. He authored ordinances requiring a crosswalk on N. Wayne Ave. for safe access to restaurants, and a sidewalk on Chamounix Rd. for protected access to Eastern Univ.
Occupation. Jim Higgins has a private law practice (business law) at the Strafford Office Buildings and previously was General Counsel of United Engineers & Constructors (Raytheon subsidiary) and Senior Counsel of Westinghouse Electric Corporation. His past achievements include the Navy Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service in Vietnam, 1968; a Judge Advocate and Military Judge, U.S. Navy, 1966-69; Honorable Discharge, 1969. In the 1960's Jim was a Security Officer with the U.S. Department of State and served as an investigator into the assassination of President John Kennedy. He also was assigned to protocol-security details involving heads of state and government from eight countries, including Anwar Sadat of Egypt, Pope Paul VI and Indira Gandhi of India.
Community. He is founder and president of Wayne Station Historic Preservation Association which raised $220,000 to save portions of the station and took the necessary steps to have it placed on the National Register of Historic Places. He received the Delaware County Heritage Commission’s Certificate of Appreciation for Restoring the Wayne Station in 2010, and the Westinghouse Community Service Award in 1984. In 1964 and 1965 he was elected Secretary and then President of his law school student body.