Saturday, May 18, 2013
Six candidates are vying for four positions; there are no challenges on the Republican ticket.
Six candidates are running for four spots on the Democrat ballot for Perkiomen Valley School Board during Tuesday's Primary Election. Incumbents Lynn K. Bigelow, Lori Snyder and John King are on the Democrat ballot, and will face off against Rachael Charyna and Richard Bouher, Republicans who cross-filed on both tickets, and Alex Rodriguez, a Democrat. Bigelow has served on the school board for eight years, and currently serves as vice president. Snyder, current board president, has served the school district for roughly 20 years. Rodriguez, who moved to the area in 2007, ran unsuccessfully for Collegeville Borough Council in 2011, and is an attorney. Bouher is a Republican Committeeman in Perkiomen Township, and Rachael Charyna serves …
Friday, May 17, 2013
Current tax collector Roy Gaugler is retiring after 50 years.
Kim Coleman and Dawn Johnston will go head-to-head on Tuesday in the Perkiomen Township primary election to replace outgoing tax collector Ray Gaugler. According to Perkiomen Township Republican Committee Chairman Alex Charyna, both candidates are qualified and there has been no endorsement made. Coleman was most recently a senior accounting with the Children’s Schoolhouse of Collegeville, and has a degree in accounting from Bloomsburg University. "I would like to be the Perkiomen Township tax collector because I would like to give back to a wonderful township that offers many things to its residents," said Coleman. "Being the tax collector would also allow me the opportunity to meet wonderful people that I otherwise might never meet, …
Thursday, May 16, 2013
A look at who will be on Perkiomen Valley Ballots on Tuesday.
Perkiomen Valley residents will head into the polls Tuesday to select the candidates to appear on their respective ballots in November. Perkiomen Valley School Board candidates will face off on the Democratic ballot, with six candidates running for four positions. For more on that race, click here. In Trappe Borough, five Republicans are running for four positions – with no Democratic opposition. For more information on that race, click here. In Perkiomen Township, long-time tax collector Ray Gaugler is retiring, and two Republican are running to replace him - Dawn Johnston and Kimberly Ann Coleman. In Collegeville, a full slate of Democrats are on the ballot to take on the Republican council - click here for more information. In …
Marshall Stomel is not endorsed by the Republican Committee, but has the support of 'Trappe's Trusted Team.'
With no Democrats on the ballot for borough council, forget the general election in Trappe Borough; the primary election on Tuesday is where the race will be fought. All four Republican incumbents are running for another term on the board, but the Trappe Republican Committee – made up of elected representatives Jack Minster and Stu Strauss – believe that Republican voters should only support three of them - Cathy Johnson, Tammy Liberi and Nevin Scholl - and Pat Webster. Marshall Stomel, who was appointed twice to fill vacancies on borough council, has the support of 'Trappe's Trusted Team' - council president Fred Schuetz and members Lew DiPrete and Paul Edwards, who are not up for re-election this year. Here is a look at the candidates…
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Yard signs aren't just for yards anymore.
Trappe residents are taking their views on the upcoming Trappe Borough Council primary race to the roadways. Two attendees at the borough's April 7 meeting had yard signs posted on their vehicles, showing support for local candidates. The slate endorsed by the Trappe Republican Committee - Cathy Johnson, Pat Webster, Tammy Liberi, Nevin Scholl, are shown in the window of one vehicle. Marshal Stomel, who was appointed to council in 2011, is also running for a spot on the board - one of his yard signs is posted to the front of a truck.
Former U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak, a Democrat, announced Tuesday that he's exploring another run for the Senate; Sestak narrowly lost to Pat Toomey in 2010.
A rematch between former U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak and U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey is in the works as Sestak announced Tuesday that he's exploring a run for the Senate in 2016. Democrat Sestak, a former Navy vice admiral, lost narrowly to Republican Toomey in 2010. Sestak, of Delaware County, has formed an exploratory committee—the equivalent of launching a campaign in terms of Federal Elections Commission paperwork, according to a Washington Post report. Can Sestak beat Toomey? Who would you vote for if the Senate election was held today? Tell us in the comments section below. Tuesday's announcement ends speculation that Sestak, 61, is raising money to challenge Gov. Tom Corbett. Sestak raised $460,000 in the first quarter of this year. A Sestak-…
Thursday, May 2, 2013
County Republicans say the interim Voter Services director's involvement with a Democratic political committee is evidence of 'cronyism.' Castor: 'Everyone associated with this process has acted honorably.'
The Montgomery County Board of Commissioners on Thursday continued to face questions regarding the recent dismissal of Joseph Passarella, the former long-time head of the county's Voter Services department, as the county's Republican committee pointed to his interim replacement's erstwhile role in a Democratic political committee as evidence of "Philadelphia-style political cronyism." Passarella was dismissed April 17 after almost two decades in the post. Commissioner Bruce Castor led off Thursday's meeting of the Board of Commissioners with a statement directly addressing the "public controversy," saying that he believed "everyone associated with this process has acted honorably and in the belief that they were doing what they thought …
Sunday, April 21, 2013
It's not too late to register to vote in the Primary Election.
The last day to register to vote in the May 21 Primary Election is Monday, April 22. You have until the end of business Monday to register. With a Montgomery County shaping up to likely be a hotbed of excitement with both Alyson Schwartz and the still-possible Bruce Castor taking a primary run at Pennsylvania governor, it could be a great time to be a Montco voter. Individuals applying to register to vote must be: Montgomery County answers some questions about voter registration here. Download a voter registration form in the pdf section of this article.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Joseph Passarella had led the county's Voter Services department since 1994. He reportedly was terminated Wednesday.
Last updated 4:45 p.m. Thursday Montgomery County officials were tight-lipped Thursday about the circumstances surrounding the apparent dismissal Wednesday of Joseph Passarella, who had run the county's Voter Services department since 1994. Passarella's termination was first reported Thursday morning by The Intelligencer, which cited unnamed sources who said Passarella was called into a noon meeting by unspecified county administrators on Wednesday and informed he was being immediately removed from his post. County Commissioner Leslie Richards, who also serves as chair of the county's Board of Elections, cited the county's policy of declining to comment on "personnel issues" when asked Thursday about both Passarella's departure and whether…
Friday, March 15, 2013
Trappe Borough Council will be decided in a May Primary Election battle.
Four Trappe Borough Council incumbents will be challenged by three residents – one who previously served on council – in a Republican Primary Election on May 21, according to petition receipts from the Montgomery County Board of Elections. Republican incumbents Marshall Stomel, Cathy Johnson, Nevin Scholl and Tammy Liberi have filed petitions to run again, and will be challenged by fellow Republicans Steven Kurcik, Pat Webster and Robert Swartley. Kurcik previously served on council from 2006 through 2009. Webster and Swartley have both been active members at recent Trappe meetings. Swartley, specifically, objected to council’s fence around the borough's compost site. Council president Fred Schuetz, vice president Paul Edwards, and …