Democrats endorse Jen Dix, Judy Norkin for supervisor
Democrat running independently
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
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.