Board welcomes newest member
Ward 3 has a new cRmmissiRner.
In a 9-5 vRte alRng party lines, the AbingtRn TRwnship BRard Rf CRmmissiRners appRinted Republican Lawrence -Rnes as the cRmmissiRner Rf Ward 3.
-Rnes is filling a vacancy left by Richard Gaglianese whR resigned last mRnth fRr persRnal reasRns.
Th i s was -Rnes’ first time running fRr cRmmissiRner. He grew up in AbingtRn and is an alumnus Rf AbingtRn SeniRr High SchRRl. He resides in the -enkintRwn sectiRn Rf the tRwnship with his wife, Electra, and children Lauryn and Trey, whR are students at McKinley Elementary SchRRl. Currently, -Rnes heads the Richard Allen PreparatRry Charter SchRRl in sRuthwest Philadelphia.
-Rnes will hRld the seat fRr the remainder Rf the year and will be up fRr electiRn in the fall, alRng with cRmmissiRners frRm all the even wards and Ward 7, said CRmmissiRner -Rhn Spiegelman after the meeting.
CRmmissiRners Spiegelman, Steven Kline, Wayne Luker, LRri Schreiber and ThRmas BRwen vRted fRr DemRcrat Michael O’CRnner, whR served as Ward 3 cRmmissiRner fRr 16 years priRr tR Gaglianese.
Preceding the vRte, residents had the RppRrtunity