UPPER MERION AREA DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE
ENDORSES CANDIDATES FOR 2015 RACES
The majority party in Upper Merion, Bridgeport, West Conshohocken offers highly qualified and diverse ticket
Upper Merion Township, PA—The Upper Merion Area Democratic Committee is pleased to announce its 2015 slate of endorsed candidates for various municipal government races. The slate represents one of the most qualified and diverse tickets ever assembled for the majority party in Upper Merion, Bridgeport and West Conshohocken.
“We have a very strong team at the county level with our Commissioners Josh Shapiro and Val Arkoosh leading the ticket, along with highly qualified row office and judicial candidates,” said UMADC Chairman Tom Kohler. “Our county party has challenged local Democratic committees to field candidates of the same caliber, and I am extremely proud that the Upper Merion Area Democrats have risen to that challenge with a great mix of experienced leadership and fresh perspective that will lead our communities forward.”
The UMADC ticket is led by the Democratic duo of Bill Jenaway and Greg Waks, who are each seeking a second term as Upper Merion Township Supervisors. Under their leadership, Upper Merion Township has followed the county commissioners’ example of fiscal responsibility and reinvestment. The all-Democratic Board of Supervisors has both consistently opposed income taxes suggested by their Republican predecessors and worked to prevent property tax increases.
While holding the line on taxes, the Board has been able to invest in the future by combining township resources and working with state-elected officials to secure funding for a major expansion to the township’s trail network. Additionally, the long-awaited Community Center opposed by previous Republican boards is scheduled for completion later this year. The Community Center also will become the permanent home for the township’s Senior Service Center.
In the race for Magisterial District Judge 38-1-09, Ian T. Kingsley is the first Democrat to contest this race in modern history. An experienced attorney, Kingsley is the only candidate in the race licensed to practice law. He is a member of the bar in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York. Kingsley also has worked in the Wayne County (Detroit, MI) prosecutor’s office and has served as a judge in several arbitration cases.
In Bridgeport, Sarah Bretz is running for the borough’s at-large council seat for a two-year term. She is joined by fellow Democrats Ken Frymoyer in Ward 1, Greg Turner in Ward 2, and former councilman John Pizza in Ward 3. This team looks to continue the progress made in the last year to revitalize the borough and provide a foundation for future growth.
West Conshohocken has four full-term at-large seats up for council, and the Democrats are fielding a full slate, including current Council members Joe Boxman and Richard Greenstein along with new candidates Alan Harris and Charlie Rogovin. Jack Cooper is running in a special election to finish an existing council term.
Finally, the Upper Merion Area School District’s Forward ticket includes four school board candidates: current board members Alice Budno Hope (Region 2) and Dr. David Karen (Region 3) are joined by UM Board of Community Assistance member Robyn Briggs (At-Large) and attorney Maggie Philips who is running in Region 1.
The UMADC encourages all local Democrats to “Join The Party” and support this outstanding slate of candidates. Learn more about our events and how you can support this ticket at www.umdems.org.