Democrats en­dorse Jen Dix, Judy Norkin for su­per­vi­sor

Demo­crat run­ning in­de­pen­dently

The Advance of Bucks County - - NEWTOWN AREA -

NEtTltN TltNSHIP - The New­town aemo­cratic Club, at its meet­ing on March OM, en­dorsed gen aix and gudy Norkin in their cam­paign for New­town Town­ship Su­per­vi­sorK

aix is a OM-year res­i­dent of the town­ship and works as an ac­tu­ary in the health in­surance in­dus­tryK She is a former mem­ber of the WRwnVhiS’V finDnFiDO SODn­ning com­mit­tee and presently serves as trea­surer of drace Point churchK aix has her BA in math­e­mat­ics from Mes­siah Col­legeK She lives in tilt­shire talk with her hus­band gon and their two chil­dren, who at­tend New­town Mid­dle School and Coun­cil oock High School NorthK

aix has a long­stand­ing in­ter­est in com­mu­nity is­suesK Shortly af­ter mov­ing to tilt­shire talk she learned that the neigh­bor­ing prop­erty at the end of Penns Trail North was slated to be­come WhH BUDnGy­winH 2IfiFH Com­plex and that her street would be the main en­trance to the com­mer­cial devel­op­ment, car­ry­ing thou­sands of ex­tra ve­hi­cles dai­lyK aix op­posed the use use and ac­tively fought against the plan, ul­ti­mately see­ing the plan for com­mer­cial devel­op­ment re­placed with age re­stricted homes known as The sil­las at New­townK

“te need a fresh ap­proach that takes a com­pre­hen­sive view of growth and changeK A well run town re­quires lead­ers who are ju­di­cious stew­ards of our town­ship’s re­sources and put com­mu­niWy fiUVW,” VDiG Dix. “WiWh Py EDFNJURunG in finDnFH and risk man­age­ment, I can en­sure we have a healthy ap­proach to our town­ship’s finDnFHV DnG DUH HPSORy­inJ the best prac­ticesK I have the en­ergy, dis­ci­pline, and cre­ativ­ity to work for the best IuWuUH IRU 1HwWRwn. ”

Norkin is a NS-year res­i­dent of the town­ship and works as a writer and ed­i­torK She is a former mem­ber of the New­town Town­ship TUDI­fiF FRPPiWWHH DnG hDV served on the board of the Clive­den Homeowners’ As­so­ci­a­tion EHlAF for more than NM yearsK

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pub­lic man­age­ment and plan­ning led her to en­roll in a grad­u­ate pro­gram in com­mu­nity and re­gional plan­ning at Tem­ple rniver­si­tyK Norkin has a BA in psychology from New York rniver­si­tyK She and her hus­band have two chil­dren, one is a Coun­cil oock grad­u­ate and the other is a stu­dent at Coun­cil oock NorthK

As a board mem­ber of an HlA of a neigh­bor­hood bor­der­ing the com­mer­cial district, Norkin has been ac­tively in­volved in the devel­op­ment of projects along Sy­camore Street and the sil­lage of New­town shop­ping areaK She of­fered ideas to de­vel­op­ers which re­sulted in dood­noe Cor­ner be­ing de­signed to im­prove pedes­trian safety and ac­cessK Also, The Birches fa­cil­ity now un­der con­struc­tion will have min­i­mal im­pact on its neigh­bor­ing com­mu­ni­ties and the build­ing next to tells cargo Bank will be a fiWnHVV HnWHUSUiVH in­VWHDG RI a drive-thru fast food restau­rantK

“Peo­ple come to New­town for a high qual­ity of life, su­pe­rior schools, and ap­pre­ci­at­ing home val­uesK I want New­town to at­tract peo­ple in all stages of life - a place where you can raise a fam­ily, go to school, wRUN, DnG HYHn UHWiUH,” VDiG Nork­inK “But great towns and places don’t hap­pen by ac­ci­dentK te need a vi­sion and the abil­ity to work with res­i­dents and busi­nesses to un­der­stand what they need and pro­vide itK I am run­ning to move us to­ward that JRDO.”

Norkin and aix are run­ning a joint cam­paign for New­town Town­ship Su­per­vi­sorK The cam­paign, known as Elect gen and gudy, is be­ing chaired by former Su­per­vi­sor gerry SchenkmanK

In other en­dorse­ments at its March OM meet­ing, the aemocrats en­dorsed oon- ald gay Smolow, EsqK of 8SSHU 0DNH­fiHOG IRU BuFNV County pro­thono­taryK

Smolow has prac­ticed law in Bucks County for P8 years han­dling com­plex lit­i­ga­tion, con­sumer is­sues, com­mer­cial trans­ac­tions and gen­eral le­gal coun­selK BDVHG Rn hiV fiUVW hDnG Hx­pe­ri­ences, he sees op­por­tu­ni­ties to im­prove the proWhRnRWDUy’V RI­fiFH DnG VDYH tax­payer dol­lars with up­dated sys­tems, more con­sumer friendly ser­vice and bet­ter over­sightK

Smolow is hus­band to Nan, fa­ther of three and “3RSSi” WR IRuU JUDnGNiGV.

In the race for New­town Bor­ough Coun­cil in tard N, the aemocrats en­dorsed

in­cum­bent Perry War­ren in his re-elec­tion bid.

An at­tor­ney and busi­ness­man, War­ren has served as vice pres­i­dent of coun­cil and cur­rently serves as Se­nior War­den of St. Luke’s Church, New­town.

War­ren, a New­town na­tive who moved away at the DJe RI fiYe, UeWuUneG WR WKe bor­ough in 1999 where he and his wife, Liz have raised fiYe cKLOGUen. He Ue­ceLYeG his B.A., from Col­gate rniver­sity and g.D., from rniver­sity of North Carolina

The Democrats also are back­ing Chris Amazeen for New­town Bor­ough Coun­cil. An in­vest­ment fund man­ager who spe­cial­izes in small cap com­pa­nies, Amazeen KDV exSeUWLVe Ln ERWK finDnce and small busi­ness.

With his wife and two chil­dren, he moved to New­town Bor­ough in 2006. While Amazeen is in­volved with numer­ous civic or­ga­ni­za­tions, much of his en­er­gies are cur­rently de­voted to New­town Rock Soft­ball

In the race for New­town Bor­ough Coun­cil in Ward 2, the Democrats are bakLnJ &KULVWRSKeU BULOO. He is the fa­ther of three and JUDnGIDWKeU RI WKUee. He and his wife, Gina, live in the bor­ough on Washington Av­enue.

Brill is an at­tor­ney with Dn RI­fice Ln 1eZWRZn IRU 30 yeDUV. He Ue­ceLYeG KLV un­der­grad­u­ate de­gree in mu­sic from Tem­ple rniver­sity, his law de­gree from Tem­ple Law School and a Master in tax­a­tion de­gree from Tem­ple Law School.

Brill is past pres­i­dent of the Bucks County Bar As­so­ci­a­tion and served as chair of the bi­par­ti­san com­mit­tee which united both po­lit­i­cal par­ties in the elec­tion of the last three Com­mon Pleas Court gudges from both SDUWLeV. He ORRNV IRUZDUG to us­ing his ex­pe­ri­ence and com­mon sense in serv­ing a com­mu­nity he knows and loves.

In the race for Coun­cil Rock School Board in District 9 (Rep­re­sent­ing New­town Town­ship Vot­ing Dis­tricts 1&2 and Wright­stown), the Democrats are back­ing Kyle McKessy, who is vice pres­i­dent of the school board and chair of the Aca­demic Stan­dards Com­mit­tee.

McKessy is a past board pres­i­dent, former pres­i­dent of the Cross­ing Co­op­er­a­tive Nurs­ery School and PTO pres­i­dent.

As a par­ent, a stu­dent ad­vo­cate and a mar­ket­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tions pro­fes­sional, McKessy be­lieves in ac­tively en­gag­ing all the mem­bers of the com­mu­nity to sup­port pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion while pro­tect­ing our prop­erty val­ues. She has three school age chil­dren in Coun­cil Rock.

Le Shep­pard - lo­cal “open government” ac­tivist, busi­ness owner, dig­i­tal artist, and com­poser - is run­ning for Coun­cil Rock Re­gion No. 9 school board repreVenWDWLYe. He LV D 15 yeDU res­i­dent of Wright­stown with his wife Mary gane and their daugh­ter Mag­gie who at­tends Coun­cil Rock HLJK 6cKRRO 1RUWK. )RU the past 10 years Le has at­tended al­most ev­ery school board meet­ing along with most lo­cal town­ship meet- ings to lis­ten, be aware, and ex­press opin­ions while en­cour­ag­ing oth­ers to do the same. Asked why he is run­ning, Le says, “It’s so trou­bling the way the process has closed up and be­come so much more in­ter­nal over the years with the com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­ing so con­trolled. With school taxes be­ing the big­gest part of our prop­erty tax bur­den in the Coun­cil Rock School District area, we need ‘bvery­thing on the ta­ble and ev­ery­one in­vited to the ta­ble” for all the com­mu­nity in­stead of the busineVV cUeeG RI ‘enG MuVWL­fieV the means’. I want to lis­ten and serve the voice of all. I strongly be­lieve in pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion. But our district is not a busi­ness and we must work co­op­er­a­tively as a com­mu­nity to main­tain the great ed­u­ca­tional sys­tem we have. I am very ex­cited to have the op­por­tu­nity to run for school board and for the chance to serve you.”

Judy Norkin, left, and Jen Dix.

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