Chal­lenger con­cedes mayor race

Can­di­date says mar­gin of 7 votes un­likely to be made up

The Reporter (Lansdale, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Dan Sokil dsokil@21st-cen­tu­ry­ @dan­sokil on Twit­ter

NORTH WALES » The can­di­date on the los­ing end of one of the area’s clos­est elec­tion con­test has con­ceded.

Neil McDe­vitt, a Demo­cratic can­di­date run­ning for mayor of North Wales, posted a state­ment on Mon­day af­ter­noon con­ced­ing a close race to in­cum­bent Repub­li­can Mayor Greg D’An­gelo.

“In my email with Mayor D’An­gelo, I told him I was not go­ing to ask for unity. In my ex­pe­ri­ence, unity is a sure­fire way to en­sure medi­ocrity,” McDe­vitt said. “Rather, I want to see peo­ple re­spect­fully chal­lenge their elected and ap-

pointed of­fi­cials on how they can make North Wales the best bor­ough it can be.”

McDe­vitt, a rel­a­tive new­comer seek­ing to be­come the first deaf mayor in the area, fell just shy of vic­tory. Ac­cord­ing to fi­nal but un­of­fi­cial num­bers posted by the Mont­gomery County De­part­ment of Voter Ser­vices, D’An­gelo fin­ished with a to­tal of 446 votes and McDe­vitt 439, leav­ing a mar­gin of seven votes — one more than D’An­gelo’s win­ning mar­gin of just six votes in 2013.

McDe­vitt said Mon­day

that the num­ber of out­stand­ing ab­sen­tee bal­lots still left to be counted would likely not be enough to make up that mar­gin, and thanked his fel­low bor­ough can­di­dates, county and re­gional Democrats, the vot­ers, and his fam­ily for their sup­port — and wished his op­po­nent well.

“As Mayor D’An­gelo faces a ma­jor­ity Demo­cratic Coun­cil for the first time in his ca­reer, I ex­pect that he will be chal­lenged. I hope he will rise to the oc­ca­sion and de­liver out­stand­ing re­sults for North Wales Bor­ough,” McDe­vitt said.

“As for me, I’m go­ing to get more in­volved in the var­i­ous com­mis­sions and

boards ac­tive in the Bor­ough. I’ll con­tinue to press our po­lit­i­cal par­ties for greater in­clu­sion of peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties in their ac­tiv­i­ties and slates. And I’ll be back!”

D’An­gelo said Tues­day he has thanked McDe­vitt for his sup­port, and D’An­gelo said he has seen coun­cil work­ing in a bi­par­ti­san man­ner for the past eight years, and said he per­son­ally will con­tinue to work with mem­bers, and seek votes, from both par­ties.

“I be­lieve that my bi­par­ti­san sup­port and vic­tory was an in­di­ca­tion that the res­i­dents have been happy with my ef­forts. I am very grate­ful for their will­ing­ness to

place their trust in my for an­other term in of­fice,” he said.

He specif­i­cally cred­ited out­go­ing coun­cil Pres­i­dent Mike McDon­ald, who lost in a bid for a third term last week, and coun­cil­man Mark Tar­lecki who chose not to run again, for “leav­ing pol­i­tics out­side, locked in their cars.”

“It will seem strange for many of us not to see them seated at coun­cil’s ta­ble — I hope to see them in the au­di­ence,” he said.

“The bor­ough of North Wales owes th­ese two gentle­men a sin­cere ‘thank you’ for demon­strat­ing, and liv­ing, ‘Res­i­dents be­fore party.’”

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