Debunking UM Fox News (AKA “UM Revealed”) – August 2015

The fine folks at Upper Merion Fox News (aka UM Revealed) are back at it again. It seems this page, which has done nothing but try post stories to intentionally mislead residents, is now trying to pass off information to its readers as “official news” from  Upper Merion Township. To post a release about road closures and then make assumptions when readers ask questions is irresponsible. We recommend residents get facts from the township and it’s elected officials directly rather from the propaganda posts that have come from UM Fox News. They have even posted an article that is four months old in an pathetic attempt to imply that UM taxes are too high. Until they come clean on who they are and who they represent, we will call them out for what they are: phonies who are duping citizens into believing their twisted logic. If you want actual news and information from the township, get the facts from the OFFFICIAL township Facebook page or follow: Upper Merion Supervisor Greg Waks, Erika Spott, Carole...

Dr. Gary Ledebur joins UMASD Forward Team

The Upper Merion Area Democratic Committee announced today that Rosemont College professor Dr. Gary Ledebur has joined the UMASD Forward team and is running for School Board in Region 3. Dr. Ledebur replaces Dr. David Karen who has served on the school board since 1999, and withdrew from the race earlier this month.”After initially agreeing to run for a fifth term, I reevaluated my decision this Spring and Summer” Karen said. “I feel after 16 years, it’s time for me to retire and I am confident that Dr. Ledebur will make an excellent school board director.” Ledebur said “I am honored to run for David’s seat and look forward to the fall campaign. I have a lot to offer the Upper Merion Area School District and as I have talked with voters, they are encouraged  by my campaign and are eager to help out.” Upper Merion Area Democratic Committee chairman Tom Kohler added, “To lose a board member with such a background as David’s is tough, but to have the opportunity to replace him on the ballot with someone equally as qualified is exciting. It goes to the depth of quality individuals the Democratic Party has in this community and we are thrilled that Gary is willing to serve. Across our entire ticket, both locally and county wide, we have the most qualified ticket in every race. We pride ourselves on the high level of candidates we elect to our local and county government.” Dr. Ledebur will be running in Region 3, which consists of the following precincts: Gulph 1 &2, King 1 & 2, and Roberts. He is running with Robyn Briggs who is the...

UPPER MERION AREA DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE ENDORSES CANDIDATES FOR 2015 RACES

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...

Debunking UM Fox News (AKA “UM Revealed”) – 3.21.15

So it’s been a while, but the secret motivation behind Upper Merion Fox News (AKA “Upper Merion Revealed”) is back, anonymously attacking the Democratic Upper Merion Supervisors. Now the fig leaf for the local Republican Party is claiming that an organization which was created when the Board of Supervisors was majority Republican is ruining Upper Merion. The UM Republican Party (aka “UM Fox News” aka “Upper Merion Revealed”) claims that a copy of the King of Prussia Business Improvement District Report was “sent in from a resident” claiming that the “KOP District has influence over the leadership of the township.“  The KOP District was created to re-position King of Prussia as a premiere location for business in the Philadelphia region. Given that over 55% of the tax base is commercial, the future of Upper Merion is dependent on remaining a commercial hub. The work done in the district’s first five years has included creating the successful Beerfest Royale, the beautification of the 202 median, and advocating for mass transit alternatives such as theConnector and promoting the long desired extension of rail service to King of Prussia. (Rail service has been proposed to serve King of Prussia as far back as the township’s 1985 comprehensive plan). Many of the projects that have been promoted by the KOP District were championed by Upper Merion Republicans for years, until they lost power and became desperate to regain it.  Now the KOP BID is being used by them as a wedge issue in a desperate attempt to become relevant to voters. They did this in the 2013 election campaign as well, though ironically it...

Democrats Jenaway and Waks Announce Re-Election Bid

Incumbent Upper Merion Township Supervisors Bill Jenaway and Greg Waks are pleased to announce that they will be seeking re-election to the Board of Supervisors. Upper Merion has progressed phenomenally over the past few years. What was a struggling local economy is now unquestionably one of the most vibrant in our commonwealth. The unemployment rate in the township hovers around 3%, we have maintained our AAA bond rating, and we have not raised taxes. We have also eliminated the costly mistakes of the past by substantially reducing the amount of litigation against the township, including the all important settlement of the decades old golf course case. The ongoing restructuring of office space will prevent the need to expand the township building, which will save millions of taxpayer dollars. We have made major infrastructure investments, including a new community and senior center and construction of a trail linking Heuser Park to Valley Forge National Park. We have passed ordinances that protect our residents from unwanted commercial solicitors, excessive noise and discrimination. Additionally, for the first time in years there is a healthy and productive relationship with the school district and the unique Board of Community Assistance Scholarship Program has helped make college more affordable for dozens of deserving local students. By revamping our archaic zoning codes and working with redevelopers, the long desired construction of senior housing can come to fruition, and what was an antiquated business park will soon see new life. Public safety and traffic mitigation issues have taken precedence like never before. Equally as important, the culture of the Board of Supervisors is vastly improved. Both the...