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The Upper Merion Area Democratic Committee (also known as Area 12 of the Montgomery County Dems) is responsible for advancing the Democratic Party in the communities of Upper Merion, Bridgeport and West Conshohocken.

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Montgomery County Commissioners: State Of The County Is Strong

From the Times Herald, 2/15/2018: NORRISTOWN >> The state of Montgomery County is strong. That was the prevailing message the county commissioners relayed in their annual state of the county presentations at Thursday’s meeting at One Montgomery Plaza. Commission Chair Dr. Val Arkoosh began the address by explaining the county’s metrics for success: a vibrant economy, healthy communities and the effectiveness with which the county meets the needs of its citizens. She began by harkening back to 2012, when the county faced a $10 million budget deficit, was making no payments to the pension fund, and had a depleted reserve fund. Now, Arkoosh said, the county is on “strong financial footing” through the administration’s focus on strategic fiscal management. “Fund reserves increased 70 percent over the past four years to $57 million. The general fund finished with four consecutive surplus years, and the 2018 projected surplus is $3.8 million,” she reported. Arkoosh said the county has contributed $9 million annually to the pension fund in recent years and has a reserve fund of a “healthy” 15 percent. “We’ve accomplished this while maintaining the lowest property tax rate among the four counties surrounding Philadelphia,” asserted Arkoosh, adding that the stable and growing economy led Moody’s Investors Services to bestow a AA1 bond rating and upgrade the county’s outlook to “positive.” Adding to the strong state of the county is the relatively low unemployment rate, which sits below the state and national averages, and the county’s growing population, a development Arkoosh attributed to burgeoning economic opportunities and the high quality of life enjoyed by county residents. Arkoosh made special mention of the...

The Times Herald Our Readers Say: Current Upper Merion Supervisors worthy of re-election

From 10/28/15 As an Upper Merion resident for more than 30 years and someone who has served as an elected committeeperson for both the Republican and Democratic Parties, I have known every single supervisor over the last quarter of a century. This year I am honored to be supporting the re-election of Greg Waks and Bill Jenaway. Greg and Bill’s achievements are unsurpassed. They have greatly improved our local economy and township taxes have not increased in six years – the longest stretch in recent Upper Merion history. In addition, they resolved decades long litigation against the township, thereby saving millions of taxpayer dollars. Our infrastructure has also improved with a new community and senior center on the way, a public pool, a trail from Heuser Park to Valley Forge and they have passed key ordinances to improve quality of life. Bill and Greg are succeeding in bringing senior housing to Upper Merion, reviving the business park and they created a scholarship program. Under their leadership, 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. The petty bickering between Supervisors has ended and both the township and supervisors frequently reach out to residents. Also the board’s relationship with the school district is vastly improved and residents who show up at board meetings are treated with respect and political affiliation is no longer a consideration for appointments to citizen boards. These accomplishments and many others have been widely recognized. Read More at...

The Times Herald “Our Readers Say”: Upper Merion candidate’s behavior questionable

From, October 22 2015 After attending the “Meet the Candidates” forum at the Upper Merion Senior Service Center on Monday October 5th, I was very concerned and disappointed by some of the things incumbent Judge Bill Maruszczak had to say, and the way he conducted himself as a candidate. During the debate, which is available to watch online, Maruszczak lost his temper and interrupted his opponent, Ian Kingsley, when Mr. Kingsley mentioned a recent state audit that found problems with Maruszczak’s court management. Maruszczak was the only candidate to interrupt anyone during the debate all day. Maruszczak interrupted Kingsley to say “that’s not accurate.” Maruszczak also went on to say all of his audits were “basically perfect.” I looked into this and discovered the 2014 state audit did find “significant deficiencies” and “material weaknesses” in Maruszczak’s management of the court, which is obviously a concern. However, even more troubling than the audit itself and Maruszczak’s lack of accountability, is what he said next…Maruszczak contended he would continue to serve as District Judge until he decides to retire. Then, during closing, Maruszczak said “maybe Mr. Kingsley can run in 20 years when I decide to retire.” Maruszczak has been in office so long that he doesn’t even think the voters have a choice anymore. This sense of entitlement is appalling. Fortunately, we do have a choice for District Judge on November 3rd, and that choice is clearly Ian T. Kingsley, Esq. – Diane Reilly , King of...

Josh Shapiro is a no-nonsense reformer who is cleaning up county government, getting its fiscal house in order and creating greater efficiency and effectiveness in government. Dr. Val Arkoosh has been a leader in healthcare reform and is bringing her public service expertise to the courthouse. Together they are our Democratic team for County Commissioner!

Josh Shapiro & Val Arkoosh

Montgomery County Commissioner

Democrats Bill Jenaway and Greg Waks have proven that they are the right team to lead Upper Merion forward.

Bill Jenaway & Greg Waks

Upper Merion Supervisor

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