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  • Writer's pictureRachel Langan

Meet the Region 1 Candidates: Nick Spangler & Bob Rafetto

Back to Basics is pleased to introduce readers to our school board candidates for Region 1, and Nick Spangler and Bob Rafetto! Nick and Bob have been friends for decades and decided to run together for school board as a team representing Region 1.


Nick earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education, a Master of Arts degree in Education and School Administration, as well as a post graduate Certification in School Administration from Edinboro University of PA. Nick has worked as a special education teacher, enjoyed a second career in the insurance industry, and retired as a Learning and Development Analyst. After retiring from his full-time job in 2018, he started working part time as a Licensed Massage Therapist and Reiki Master practitioner. Born and raised in West Chester, three generations of Nick’s family have attended WCASD schools and have graduated from Henderson High School. Nick’s three adult children (Henderson graduates), are all are college graduates, and he also has four amazing granddaughters. Nick was an original member of the board for the Uptown Entertainment Alliance, and a former vestry board member for the Church of the Holy Trinity in West Chester.


Bob is an alumnus of both WCASD and the University of Delaware and has extensive experience working with all levels of government during his decades of working in the restaurant industry. As a former owner of the Dilworthtown Inn, Bob is highly entrepreneurial and fiscal accountability is one of his strengths. Additionally, he is well acquainted with long range planning and problem solving. Not only was Bob voted Chester County 2021 Citizen of the Year by the Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry for his efforts to help the restaurant industry successfully navigate COVID era policies, the PA House and PA Senate also honored him with a citation for Citizen of the Year.


If you live in *Region 1, you will have the opportunity to vote for Bob and Nick on May 16.


*Region 1 includes the Boro of West Chester, as well as some of West Goshen Township.



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