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af­ter be­ing ap­pointed to fill a va­cancy on the board in Jan­uary 2015.

She is the first fe­male chair­per­son in the his­tory of the board of com­mis­sion­ers and is cur­rently one of the high­est-rank­ing fe­male elected of­fi­cials in Penn­syl­va­nia. She pre­vi­ously served as chair­woman of the Mont­gomery County Board of Health.

“As a long time Mont­gomery County res­i­dent I was well aware of the vi­brancy and the beauty of our county and the strength and in­dus­tri­ous­ness of its peo­ple,” Lawrence said, “but as I criss-crossed the county I learned so much more about the im­mense po­ten­tial we have. With our strong fis­cal sta­tus, we will con­tinue to pro­vide ef­fi­cient and re­spon­sive ser­vices to our res­i­dents, and we will con­tinue to fix our roads and bridges, ex­pand and improve our trail sys­tem, and pre­serve open space and farm­land.”

Lawrence, who was ap­pointed com­mis­sioner in Jan­uary 2017 to com­plete the term of newly elected Penn­syl­va­nia At­tor­ney Gen­eral Josh Shapiro, will be seek­ing elec­tion for the first time.

As the Demo­cratic Party ma­jor­ity on the three-mem­ber board, Arkoosh and Lawrence cited their track record, which they said in­cludes:

• strength­en­ing the county’s fis­cal stand­ing while hold­ing the line on taxes;

• launch­ing a com­pre­hen­sive renovation of the county cam­pus in Nor­ris­town;

• im­ple­ment­ing a new vot­ing sys­tem that pro­tects the in­tegrity of the vot­ing process;

• re­duc­ing home­less­ness in the county by 37 per­cent and elim­i­nat­ing Vet­eran street home­less­ness;

• ag­gres­sively at­tack­ing the opi­oid cri­sis in the county;

• and pro­vid­ing a sta­ble, pre­dictable fund­ing stream for Mont­gomery County Com­mu­nity Col­lege, which has re­sulted in a sta­bi­liza­tion of tu­ition.

Arkoosh and Lawrence will of­fi­cially kick off their cam­paign with a rally at noon Sun­day, Feb. 24, at the Spring Mill Fire Com­pany in Whitemarsh Town­ship.

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