OUR CANDIDATES – MUNICIPAL ELECTION, NOVEMBER 7, 2017
The Lower Makefield/Yardley Democratic Committee endorses the following candidates for your vote in the 2017 Election to be held on Tuesday, November 7, 2017:
LOWER MAKEFIELD TOWNSHIP (LMT)
FRED WEISS for Township Supervisor
Fred started his private dental practice in 1980 with offices in Trenton and Philadelphia. He is closing his Philadelphia office. He has a long history of service, serving for 50 years with the Civil Air Patrol (civilian based search and rescue agency funded by Congress and Pennsylvania). He also served in the US Army as a Dental Officer from 1978 to 1980, and as a reservist from 1980 to 1995, and retired with the rank of Major. A trustee for his Masonic Lodge, Fred is also an active volunteer pilot for Angel Flight and PALS, transporting medically fragile patients and wounded war veterans to and from medical appointments. After living in Lower Bucks for over 34 years, he moved to LMT 3 years ago and married Cynthia (Osofsky) Weiss, who has lived in LMT for the past 13 years. They have four children between them, and seven grandchildren.
As Township Supervisor, Fred will protect and expand our open space, improve our infrastructure, and help insure we have sensible tax policies to attract and keep businesses and residents. Fred believes in acting in the best interests of all, and looks forward to visiting with citizens to hear their concerns, and crafting policies that improve the quality of our lives and our community.
DAN GRENIER for Township Supervisor
Daniel Grenier is a Senior Associate and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional at an international design and consulting firm. Dan and his wife, Rebecca, who teaches in Philadelphia, are raising their two young children in the Hillwood Terrace section of Lower Makefield. Dan’s successful 17-year professional career has included positions as Senior Project Manager, Environmental Scientist, and Planner with internationally acclaimed consulting engineering firms. Dan is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Environmental Science and a Masters in Environmental Biology. He attended the Wharton School for Organization and Environmental Management, and continues to be involved with that school’s Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership.
As a member of Lower Makefield Township’s Environmental Advisory Council (EAC), Dan prepared an environmental analysis of the proposed construction of athletic fields at an undeveloped tract in the township, and is updating LMT’s open space plan and inventory. As Township Supervisor, Dan will use his technical and management experience to ensure infrastructure projects are well-managed, improving local traffic safety, growing access to recreation areas, and preserving open space.
BECKY CECCHINE for Township Tax Collector (Incumbent)
Becky started working at Lower Makefield Township in 1990 as a clerk in the finance department. While working at the Township, Becky upgraded the Township’s computer network, including actually installing the cables, routers and hardware, and she set up the Township’s first website. In 2002, Becky left her Township job to take a position as a System Coordinator. In 2011, Becky was elected tax collector of LMT, where she has since updated and improved services for residents, including a budgeted payment plan, and she is always ready to assist taxpayers with their questions and requests for information about assessments.
Becky has been active in organizing numerous community special events such as the annual LMT Veteran’s Day Parade and the Community Pride Day. Becky has lived in Lower Makefield since 1999. After growing up on a farm in Illinois, Becky came to Pennsylvania from Minnesota where she met her husband, who was from Delaware County, at Pillsbury Baptist Bible College.
BARBARA JOSEPH for Township Auditor
Barbara retired from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) where she served as a Trial Specialist and Senior Field Attorney for more than 30 years. Barbara has consistently volunteered in such areas as community mediation, tutoring elementary school students, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, and supporting food drives for those in need. She is a member of the Yardley Lower Makefield Lions Club. Barbara has been a resident of LMT for 26 years where she and her husband, Paul Roden, have raised their two children who went through the Pennsbury School System.
While at the NLRB, Barbara investigated unfair labor practice charges, drafted complaints, briefs, decisions and other legal memoranda, conducted hearings and elections, tried cases before Administrative Law Judges and sought temporary injunctions in Federal District Court. She also reviewed and subpoenaed detailed financial documents to determine jurisdiction, evaluate financial defenses and craft numerous settlements.
As Township Auditor, Barbara will carefully evaluate the responsibilities of the Board of Auditors to assure compliance with all state and local legal requirements, and to strive for transparency and accountability in the performance of those duties.
KATHERINE CADWALLADER for Borough Council (Incumbent)
Katherine grew up in Yardley Borough, before relocating to DC and earning a BS in Linguistics from Georgetown University, a second BS in Nursing from the University of Maryland, and an MS in Cardiovascular Nursing from Catholic University of America. Katherine returned to her childhood home in 1992, where she served on the Yardley Borough Recreation Board for over 20 years. In addition, Katherine served as Yardley Borough Council Vice-President in 2005 and President in 2016.
During Katherine’s time in office, many new businesses have come to town and continue to thrive. At least 20 homes have been elevated as part of a flood mitigation effort to keep families in their homes and continue to be productive citizens of Yardley. Katherine will continue flood mitigation efforts, preserve open space, and advocate for public safety, especially as it relates to the N. Main St. sidewalk and traffic calming.
DAVID APPELBAUM for Borough Council
David, along with his wife Larisa and three children, have lived in Yardley Borough since 2008. Their two younger children attend Pennsbury High School. David graduated from Temple University with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and a Masters in Education. He is the President of Tech Support 365, a business-to-business managed services IT support and engineering firm.
As a Council member, David will support economic development, improvement of the local streetscape, and preservation of open space. David believes that citizenship without civility is not citizenship at all, and is ready to listen, process and respond civilly. He believes that adults need to lead by example, and wants to inspire his children to make a difference and serve the community.
CAROLINE THOMPSON for Borough Council
Caroline was a lifelong resident of LMT until relocating to Yardley Borough in 2014, where she lives with her husband, Michael, and their two dogs. Caroline earned her BA in Government and Law from Lafayette College and her MBA in Management and Strategy from Western Governors University. She works for Educational Testing Service as a Trademark Administrator. Caroline has actively volunteered for voter registration and campaign outreach efforts. She will bring her organization, management and communication skills to generate and carry-out fresh ideas for governing the Borough.
As a council member, Caroline will improve and streamline communication between the Council and its constituents, utilizing mailers, social media, and online polls. She will protect open space against overdevelopment in Yardley, and work on initiatives to reduce litter in the community.
DAVID BRIA for Borough Council
David moved to South Main Street in Yardley Borough in 2014. Born and raised in Bucks County, he studied chemistry at Drexel University from 2007 – 2010. Now, David is the owner of United Balance, a company specializing in the calibration of laboratory balances and pipettes for research and quality control laboratories across eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
David believes that his experience as an entrepreneur has provided him with the skills to successfully serve on borough council. As a relatively small municipality, Yardley Borough requires smart budgetary planning. With a business-minded approach, the borough can fund its police department, sidewalks and roads without sacrificing the open space and community programs that make our town unique.
CHERYL LOWE for Borough Tax Collector (Incumbent)
Cheryl has served as the Yardley Borough Tax Collector since 2002. She lived in Lower Makefield for 29 years and in Yardley Borough for the past 32 years. She is married with three grown children. Cheryl serves part-time on the Yardley Borough Sewer Authority, and she volunteers as treasurer for the Yardley Community Center, Yardley Historical Association, and the Bucks County Tax Collectors Association.
Cheryl will continue to keep accurate records for the collection of taxes, and to help the Yardley Borough residents with questions and concerns regarding their property taxes.
PENNSBURY SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS
JOSH WALDORF for School Director, Region 1 – LMT and Yardley Boro (Incumbent)
Josh has been a resident of Yardley Hunt with his wife, Anne, and two children since 1998. Their children attended Afton Elementary, William Penn Middle School, and Pennsbury High School. He is the owner of Yardley Unlimited LLC, which provides consulting services to the hospitality, travel and tourism industry. He also serves on the Lower Makefield Township Electronic Media Advisory Committee, Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Mercer/Bucks, Union of Reform Judaism Camp Harlem Development Committee, and USA250, a national organization planning for the 250th anniversary of the USA in 2026.
Josh was elected to a four-year term on the Pennsbury School Board in 2013. During his tenure, the Board restored full-day kindergarten, successfully negotiated a five-year teachers contract with no strike, hired a new superintendent, and supported a long-overdue renovation at Pennwood Middle School. Josh chairs the Board’s Partnership and Marketing Committee and serves on the Facilities, Negotiation, and Transportation Committees. He chaired the Budget Committee, and served as Assistant Secretary and LMT liaison. Josh will support on-going efforts to expand 1:1 student access to computer technology for grades 6-12, and continue to promote school practices that foster a safe, supportive, and respectful learning environment for all students.
DEB WACHSPRESS for School Director, Region 1 – LMT and Yardley Boro (Incumbent)
Deb has been a resident of Lower Makefield with her husband, Dan, and three children since 2002. Their oldest son is a Pennsbury High School (PHS) graduate and their daughter is a senior at PHS and her younger brother is a PHS freshman. Deb serves on the steering committee for One Bucks, a grassroots organization made up of faith and lay leaders whose mission is to end acts of hate in Bucks County, and she is a cofounder of the non-partisan Lower Bucks Indivisible Group. Deb received her undergraduate degree from Rutgers University/Douglass College, and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Rutgers. Her professional experience is in non-profit development and advocacy for women’s and children’s issues.
Deb was elected to a four-year term on the Pennsbury School Board in 2013 and currently serves as Vice President. She chairs the Education and Policy Comittees, and also serves on the Wellness Committee. During her tenure, the Board restored full-day kindergarten, successfully negotiated a five-year teachers contract with no strike, hired a new superintendent, and supported a long-overdue renovation at Pennwood Middle School. Deb will support on-going efforts to expand 1:1 student access to computer technology for grades 6-12, and continue to promote school practices that foster a safe, supportive, and respectful learning environment for all students.
NANCY LAWSON for School Director, Region 3 – LMT and Falls Township
Nancy lives in Fairless Hills with her husband, where she manages her 40-year-old family-owned business, Marie’s Kozy Korner. She is responsible for hiring and training staff, book-keeping, marketing and public relations, ordering supplies, building management and upkeep, and customer service. Throughout her daughter’s school years, Nancy served as a teacher’s aid volunteer, fundraising parent, and various other volunteer support roles.
As a resident, tax-paying property owner and small business owner, Pennsbury graduate, and parent, Nancy has a vested interest in strengthening the school system. She understands its effect on property values, and wants to keep this school district an attractive and viable option for potential home buyers and local businesses.
CHRISTINE TOY-DRAGONI for School Director, Region 3 – LMT and Falls Township
Christine has lived in LMT for over 17 years. She is married with two children who attend Makefield Elementary and William Penn Middle Schools. Christine is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a private practice specializing in addictions, family and relationships, anxiety and other mood disorders. She teaches psychology at both a community college and a 4-year university.
As Director, Christine will work with drug and alcohol programs that target identification of high-risk students for prevention and intervention. She will also support improvement of infrastructure and facilities as they relate to safety and pride of ownership in a learning environment. Christine will work to expand club sports and activities during high-risk afternoon hours. She will utilize her strong democratic values, community activism, education and experience to address the issues that relate to at-risk youth.
The Bucks County Democratic Committee endorses the following candidates for your vote in the Municipal Primary Election to be held on Tuesday, May 16, 2017:
Judi Reiss for Prothonotary
Meet Judi Reiss, Democratic candidate for Bucks County Prothonotary. A Lower Makefield Township Supervisor, former marketing manager and teacher, and longtime resident of LMT, Judi wants to get Democrats elected in Doylestown to effect change in our communities. We’re pleased that the Bucks County Democratic Committee has endorsed her for this important office!
Last day to register before election: October 10
Last day to apply for absentee ballot: October 31
Municipal election: November 7
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