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We support Democratic candidates at all levels in their outreach to the citizens of the North Penn Area and pledge to staff every Polling Station for every Election as a visible sign of our support.

Municipality Precinct Voters Current Polling Location New Polling Location
Hatfield Borough Hatfield Borough 1910 Hatfield Fire House  Northbridge Alternative School
Hatfield Twp Hatfield 1-1 906 A. M. Kulp Elementary School  A. M. Kulp Elementary School 
Hatfield Twp Hatfield 1-2 1536 A. M. Kulp Elementary School  A. M. Kulp Elementary School 
Hatfield Twp Hatfield 2-1 792 Hatfield Township Municipal Bldg  A. M. Kulp Elementary School 
Hatfield Twp Hatfield 2-2 492 Hatfield Township Municipal Bldg  Oak Park Elementary School 
Hatfield Twp Hatfield 3-1 1595 Hatfield Elementary School  Hatfield Elementary School 
Hatfield Twp Hatfield 3-2 1590 Hatfield Elementary School  Hatfield Elementary School 
Hatfield Twp Hatfield 4-1 1085 Pennfield Middle School  Pennfield Middle School 
Hatfield Twp Hatfield 4-2 1161 Pennfield Middle School  Pennfield Middle School 
Hatfield Twp Hatfield 5-1 985 Oak Park Elementary School  Oak Park Elementary School 
Hatfield Twp Hatfield 5-2 1234 Oak Park Elementary School  Oak Park Elementary School 
Lansdale Lansdale 1-1 1154 Fairmount Fire Company  Penndale Middle School 
Lansdale Lansdale 1-2 1458 Penndale Middle School  Penndale Middle School 
Lansdale Lansdale 1-3 767 Penndale Middle School  Penndale Middle School 
Lansdale Lansdale 2-1 1016 Lansdale United Methodist Church  Knapp Elementary School 
Lansdale Lansdale 2-2 1317 Elm Terrace Gardens  Knapp Elementary School 
Lansdale Lansdale 2-3 1182 Knapp Elementary School  Knapp Elementary School 
Lansdale Lansdale 3-1 873 First Baptist Church Of Lansdale  York Elementary School 
Lansdale Lansdale 3-2 1266 Trinity Lutheran Church Lansdale  York Elementary School 
Lansdale Lansdale 3-3 1434 York Elementary School  York Elementary School 
Montgomery Montgomery 1 1261 Bridle Path Elementary School  Bridle Path Elementary School 
Montgomery Montgomery 2 1933 Montgomery Elementary School  Montgomery Elementary School 
Montgomery Montgomery 3 2928 Bridle Path Elementary School  Bridle Path Elementary School 
Montgomery Montgomery 4 1203 Village Of Neshaminy Falls  Gwyn Nor Elementary School 
Montgomery Montgomery 5 1828 Montgomery Township Building  Bridle Path Elementary School 
Montgomery Montgomery 6 1879 Montgomery Township Building  Montgomery Elementary School 
Montgomery Montgomery 7 3353 Montgomery Elementary School  Montgomery Elementary School 
Montgomery Montgomery 8 3524 Montgomery Township Community & Recreation Ctr  Gwyn Nor Elementary School 
North Wales North Wales 1 703 North Wales Water Authority  North Wales Elementary School 
North Wales North Wales 2 807 North Wales Borough Bldg  North Wales Elementary School 
North Wales North Wales 3 875 North Wales Elementary School  North Wales Elementary School 
Towamencin Towamencin 1-1 1594 Inglewood Elementary School  Inglewood Elementary School 
Towamencin Towamencin 1-2 1064 Christ United Methodist Church  North Montco Technical Career Center
Towamencin Towamencin 1-3 1572 North Penn Water Authority  Walton Farm Elementary School 
Towamencin Towamencin 2-1 1385 Towamencin Municipal Building  Inglewood Elementary School 
Towamencin Towamencin 2-2 1357 North Montco Technical Career Center North Montco Technical Career Center
Towamencin Towamencin 2-3 1307 General Nash Elementary School  General Nash Elementary School 
Towamencin Towamencin 3-1 1946 Dock Woods Community  General Nash Elementary School 
Towamencin Towamencin 3-2 1123 Walton Farm Elementary School  Walton Farm Elementary School 
Towamencin Towamencin 3-3 1338 Towamencin Fire House  General Nash Elementary School 
Upper Gwynedd Upper Gwynedd 1 1078 Upper Gwynedd Township Building  Pennbrook Middle School 
Upper Gwynedd Upper Gwynedd 2 1232 Gwyn Nor Elementary School  Gwyn Nor Elementary School 
Upper Gwynedd Upper Gwynedd 3 1565 Pennbrook Middle School  Pennbrook Middle School 
Upper Gwynedd Upper Gwynedd 4 2382 Brittany Pointe Estates  Gwynedd Square Elementary School 
Upper Gwynedd Upper Gwynedd 5 1131 Gwynedd Square Elementary School  Gwynedd Square Elementary School 
Upper Gwynedd Upper Gwynedd 6 1782 Gwynedd Square Elementary School  Gwynedd Square Elementary School 
Upper Gwynedd Upper Gwynedd 7 2223 West Point Fire House  Pennbrook Middle School 

Montgomery County Democratic Slate For The County Elections 2015

The Montgomery County Democratic Party Executive Committee, led by Chairman Marcel L. Groen, selected a distinguished slate of candidates Thursday night to present for endorsement by the entire party committee on February 17.
 
The historic Democratic successes in Montgomery County in recent years have been fueled by the party's strong and unified leadership, its ability to attract the best possible candidates, and its tremendous fund-raising and field work in election campaigns. 
 
"The quality of the candidates we get to run for office increases with every election," Groen said. He praised the diversity and strength of the slate, and said of Montgomery County Democrats: "We are the standard that the rest of the state would someday like to emulate."
 
Groen said he expected County Commissioners Josh Shapiro and Valerie Arkoosh, the party's standard-bearers, to retain a Democratic majority on the Board of Commissioners in this year's election. He said he also expected the party to sweep the nine county "row offices" that are on the ballot, five of which are currently held by Democrats, and to elect four additional Democrats to available seats as judges of the county's Court of Common Pleas.
 
Selection panels appointed by Groen spent "three weeks of nights and weekends," as he termed it, looking in depth at the qualifications and personal qualities of numerous individuals who sought endorsement. Their recommendations were approved unanimously Thursday by the Executive Committee, which packed a large room at the AFSCME District Council 88 offices in Plymouth Meeting.
 
The Executive Committee recommended the following candidates for full party endorsement:
 

COMMISSIONER

* Josh Shapiro. As chairman of the Board of Commissioners, Shapiro has led in reforming county government, boosting services, and balancing the budget -- all while holding the line on taxes and restoring the rainy day fund. Shapiro and Leslie Richards in 2011 became the first Democrats to win control of the courthouse in 150 years.
 
* Valerie Arkoosh. A medical doctor with a nationally-recognized name in healthcare and also a strong record of organizational leadership, Arkoosh was recently unanimously chosen by the Common Pleas court to become a commissioner in place of Richards, who resigned to take on the job of PennDot secretary.
 

ROW OFFICERS

* Incumbent D. Bruce Hanes for REGISTER OF WILLS. An attorney, he has served two terms as Register of Wills and also currently teaches part-time at Philadelphia University. As the issuer of marriage licenses in the county, he has led the fight for marriage equality.
 
* Incumbent Dr. Walter I. Hofman for COUNTY CORONER. Dr. Hofman is the only forensic pathologist to ever serve as Coroner in the county and one of few in the state to ever do so. This unique qualification has enabled him to personally perform more than 11,000 autopsies and to certify the death of over 18,000 people.
 
* Incumbent Mark Levy for PROTHONOTARY. In his two terms of experience as Prothonotary, Levy has offered exceptional public service and introduced innovative technologies, especially with electronic court records. A former platoon sergeant in the U.S. Army and Army Reserves, he earned his college degree at Temple University.
 
* Incumbent Jason Salus for county TREASURER. A former businessman with a degree in finance, Salus has brought private-sector financial acumen to the office of Treasurer, identifying new sources of revenue to help balance the county budget, making smart investments and reducing his own department's budget.
 
* Incumbent Ann Thornburg Weiss for CLERK OF COURTS. An attorney by training and practice, she has twice been elected Clerk of Courts. She has introduced numerous innovations to the courts, including more user-friendly services and streamlined work processes.
 
* Sean P. Kilkenny for SHERIFF. An attorney and expert in municipal law, Kilkenny serves as a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve's Judge Advocate General's Corps. He has served as Council president in Jenkintown and as a trustee of Montgomery County Community College.
 
* Karen Geld Sanchez for CONTROLLER. A partner in a large law firm, she holds both a law degree and an MBA. She has been recognized as a "Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star" by Philadelphia Magazine and as a "Lawyer on the Fast Track" by The Legal Intelligencer.
 
* Jeanne Sorg for RECORDER OF DEEDS. Currently the Mayor of Ambler, Sorg has pushed for smart development and economic growth initiatives while working with homeowners to solve decades-old issues. Her performance in office helped the Democratic Party gain a majority on the Ambler Council.
 
* Kevin R. Steele for DISTRICT ATTORNEY. As the current first assistant district attorney of Montgomery County, Steele oversees a staff of 145 prosecutors, detectives and administrative personnel that handles 10,000 criminal cases per year. He personally leads the Homicide Unit in all of its investigations.
 

JUDGE OF THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS

* Todd Eisenberg. A trial lawyer, he is lead claims counsel for Peco Energy Company. He formerly handled legal matters for several local townships and boroughs. He works in a voluntary capacity for children's advocacy, support of the homeless and Legal Aid of Montgomery County.
 
* Wendy G. Rothstein. A partner at the Fox Rothschild LLP law firm, she has achieved numerous "firsts" in her career as a leader at law firms and other legal organizations. She has been secretary and a board member of the Norristown Zoological Society and an advocate for women in business.
 
* Natasha Taylor-Smith. As assistant solicitor in the Montgomery County Office of the Solicitor, she is responsible for providing legal counsel to several county human services departments, including those serving older people and people with behavioral health issues or developmental disabilities. She formerly was a public defender for financially-indigent clients and also operated her own law firm. She manages a girls' softball team and is a ministry leader at Salem Baptist Church of Jenkintown.
 
* Daniel J. Clifford. A partner at the Weber Gallagher law firm, he has served as chair of the Family Law Section of both the Montgomery County and Pennsylvania bar associations. He has served on the board Adoptions From the Heart agency and on the board of the Equality Forum.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 19, 2015

Montgomery Country Democratic Committee

Contact: Tom Infield, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 610-304-7280 

  

UNIFIED MONTGOMERY COUNTY DEMOCRATS

ENDORSE STRONGEST SLATE EVER

  

In a display of organizational unity, the Montgomery County Democratic Committee on Thursday night unanimously endorsed its strongest-ever slate of county candidates for the May 19, 2015, primary election, led by incumbent Commissioners Josh Shapiro and Valerie Arkoosh.

  

Party Chairman Marcel L. Groen, speaking at the party convention in the Doubletree by Hilton-Valley Forge hotel, said he expected that Shapiro and Arkoosh will win a substantial victory in November and that Democratic candidates will take all nine "row offices" on the ballot, five of which currently are held by the party. He said he also anticipates that Democrats will win the three open seats for judge of the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas.

  

"One of the reasons we do well is our unity," Groen said. "We have governed well, and we have always been unified."

  

Montgomery County Democratic Committee enters the 2015 election season in the strongest position it has ever held, Groen said. The Democratic registration advantage over the Republicans has widened since the last county election in 2011, he noted, and the party has never been better organized from top to bottom. This has helped the party to attract the best-possible candidates for public office.

  

After winning a majority on the Board of Commissioners in 2011 for the first time in 150 years, the Democratic Party has proven its ability to govern effectively, efficiently and fairly at all levels, Groen said. Democrats have improved and reformed services, stabilized county finances and saved taxpayer dollars, and made government more open and inclusive - not just in the Commissioners' office, but across county government.

  

Democratic elected officials "have done an incredibly good job for the county," Groen said.

  

The 2015 primary endorsements are:

  

Commissioner - Josh Shapiro (incumbent)

Commissioner - Valerie Arkoosh (incumbent)

Clerk of courts - Ann Thornburg Weiss (incumbent)

Controller - Karen Geld Sanchez

Coroner - Dr. Walter I. Hofman (incumbent)

District Attorney - Kevin R. Steele

Prothonotary - Mark Levy (incumbent) 

Recorder of Deeds - Jeanne Sorg 

Register of Wills - D. Bruce Hanes (incumbent)

Sheriff - Sean P. Kilkenny 

Treasurer - Jason Salus (incumbent)

Judge of the Court of Common Pleas - Daniel J. Clifford 

Judge of the Court of Common Pleas - Todd Eisenberg 

Judge of the Court of Common Pleas - Natasha Taylor-Smith

The Pennsylvania Department of State ruled this week that the 2015 election in Montgomery County will include only three open seats on the Court of Common Pleas, not the four open seats that both major parties had anticipated. This presented the Montgomery County Democratic Committee with a difficult situation, since the Executive Committee unanimously had recommended four distinguished attorneys for endorsement on Jan. 29. To ensure party unity, recommended-candidate Wendy G. Rothstein withdrew her request for endorsement.

  

"I made a decision in the best interest of everyone, including the party, to step aside," Rothstein said.

  

A partner at Fox Rothschild, LLP, Rothstein said she would instead run for Common Pleas Court judge in 2017.

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County Commissioner - Josh Shapiro (incumbent)

As a public servant, Shapiro has earned a reputation as a reformer, a visionary, an effective legislator and a can-do executive.  

As Montgomery County's first majority Democratic board chair in 150 years, Shapiro is leading the effort to clean up county government and put our fiscal house in order. He's won praise from people across the political spectrum for making government more efficient and effective.  

Prior to his service as your County Commissioner, Shapiro served as a State Representative, where he wrote and passed the farthest-reaching ethics laws in a generation and established strict new financial controls over state spending. He also helped expand early childhood education programs, made college more affordable for Pennsylvania families, and led the fight to pass a law banning texting while driving.  

Shapiro was raised in and lives in Montgomery County. It is where he met his high school sweetheart, Lori, and where today, in Abington Township, they are raising their four young children, Sophia, Jonah, Max and Reuben.

County Commissioner - Valerie Arkoosh (incumbent)

A nationally recognized physician and public health policy expert, Dr. Arkoosh is a stanch advocate for ensuring that all families have an opportunity to live healthy, safe and productive lives.  

Fed up with seeing her patients fall through the cracks, she led a national coalition of physicians advocating for comprehensive health care reform. And as chair of anesthesiology at Drexel University, her fiscal leadership brought the department out of a major deficit and put it on the path to stability.

As a parent and longtime resident of Montgomery County, Dr. Arkoosh chose to step up and serve in her first elected position because she believes that a healthy community is one where we all do better. Where good jobs, healthy neighborhoods and first-rate schools are available to everyone, not only the wealthy or the well-connected.  

She previously served as chair of the Montgomery County Board of Health and, most recently, was professor of clinical anesthesiology and clinical obstetrics and gynecology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She lives in Springfield Township with her husband, Jeff Harbison, and their three teenage children, Ian, Trevor and Olivia.

Clerk of Courts - Ann Thornburg Weiss (incumbent)

Weiss has twice been elected Clerk of Courts, winning office in 2007 and 2011. She has introduced numerous innovations to the Montgomery County court system, including more user-friendly services and streamlined work processes. She was recognized by The Philadelphia Inquirer last July for having collected $1.2 million in delinquent court fees, fines and restitutions, some dating as far back as 1986. These collections saved taxpayers money.

A graduate of Gettysburg College and the Temple University law school, Weiss served for six years as a member of the Upper Dublin Township Board of Commissioners. She practices law at Timoney Knox LLP, where she is of counsel and specializes in legal services for municipalities and for water and sewer authorities. She serves on the board of directors of the Ambler Community Ambulance Association.

Controller - Karen Geld Sanchez

A partner in the business and finance department at the law firm of Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel, LLP,  Sanchez has been recognized as a "Lawyer on the Fast Track" by The Legal Intelligencer, as a "Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star" by Philadelphia Magazine, and by the judiciary for her exemplary pro bono work. She is the founder of the firm's Women's Marketing Initiative, a group of female attorneys who promote other females in law and business. She is a hearing committee member for the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, and she is a child advocate representing children pro bono in Philadelphia since 2005.

Sanchez holds a master's degree in business, a law degree from Temple University, and earned her undergraduate business degree from the Pennsylvania State University.    

Coroner - Dr. Walter I. Hofman (incumbent)

Elected in 2007 and 2011, Dr. Hofman is the only forensic pathologist to ever serve as Coroner of Montgomery County, and he is one of the few to have done so in Pennsylvania. In his 45 years of experience in forensic pathology, he has performed more than 11,000 autopsies. He has served as medical examiner for the cities of Dallas and Detroit and for several counties in New Jersey. Dr. Hofman completed his residency in hospital pathology at Boston University and Harvard Medical School Hospitals after graduating from the Medical Faculty of the University of Basel, Switzerland.

Dr. Hofman has been a Cub Scout leader in Lower Merion, a member of the Town Watch, and secretary-treasurer of Penn Valley Junior Sports. He is past president of Congregation Beth David in Gladwyne.

District Attorney - Kevin R. Steele

As first assistant district attorney of Montgomery County, Steele is extraordinarily well-prepared for the job of District Attorney. He oversees 145 prosecutors, detectives and administrative personnel who handle 10,000 criminal cases per year. He leads the Homicide Unit in all of its investigations and personally supervises all non-consensual wiretap investigations. In over 20 years as a prosecutor, Steele has tried more than 100 trials and prosecuted more than 1,800 cases, including 40 homicide cases.

Steele earned his bachelor's degree in criminal science from George Washington University and his law degree from Dickinson School of Law of Pennsylvania State University. He earned a master's in trial advocacy at Temple University. In July, he will become president of the Penn State Alumni Association. He also is an adjunct professor of criminal law at Cabrini College.

Prothonotary - Mark Levy (incumbent)

Levy was elected Prothonotary in 2007 and 2011. In his two terms, he has pioneered in the use of innovative technologies, especially with electronic court records, to improve efficiency and save tax dollars. In a boost to public safety, he dramatically reduced the time it once took in Montgomery County to obtain a protection-from-abuse order, an achievement that was recognized in 2012 by the Domestic Abuse Response Team.

Levy was chosen by the County Commissioners to serve on the county Board of Elections in 2010, and he is a member of the County Records Improvement Fund Committee. He serves on the executive committee of the Pennsylvania State Association of Prothonotaries and Clerks of Courts. A former platoon sergeant in the Army, he earned his degree in political science at Temple University. He has coached the Plymouth Junior ABA.

Recorder of Deeds - Jeanne Sorg

Currently the Mayor of Ambler, Sorg has pushed for smart development and economic growth initiatives in her community. She has worked with homeowners to solve a decades-old alley-paving issue, has taken leadership on flood mitigation, and has secured county grants to create additional parking and development.  She instituted the "Mayor's Memo" to increase communication with Ambler residents through email and social media. Her political leadership in 2013 helped transform the Ambler Borough Council from having a 6-3 Republican majority to having a 7-2 Democratic majority.

Since 2012, Sorg has worked as a senior aide to State Rep. Steve McCarter, building relationships with citizens and elected officials in Cheltenham, Jenkintown and Springfield. She is a graduate of Macalester College and holds a degree in mathematics and English.

Register of Wills - D. Bruce Hanes (incumbent)

D. Bruce Hanes was elected Register of Wills in 2007 and 2011. As the issuer of marriage licenses in the county, Hanes has led the fight for marriage equality in Pennsylvania. As an advocate for families dealing with the death of a loved one, he has emphasized efficient, compassionate service in the handling of estates.  

His office introduced an electronic filing system ahead of almost every other Pennsylvania county. Hanes earned his B.A. from the University of Maryland and his law degree from Temple University. He formerly was a lawyer in private practice, focusing on general civil law. He was an assistant Pennsylvania attorney general and was a hearing officer for the Federal Employees Appeals Authority. Hanes is an adjunct professor at Philadelphia University, where he teaches politics and election law. He is an Army veteran.

Sheriff - Sean P. Kilkenny

The son of a police officer, Kilkenny is a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserves, and a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Army who has tried homicide, rape and serious crime cases for more than 16 years. He has served with the Army in Iraq, Kosovo, Bosnia, and South Korea.

As one of the top municipal and land use attorneys in Montgomery County, Kilkenny represents taxpayers in many local communities. He also represents the Montgomery County Redevelopment Authority. He volunteers on the Boards of the Montgomery County College and the Hiway Theater of Jenkintown. Kilkenny has served as Council president in Jenkintown and as a trustee of Montgomery County Community College. A Villanova University graduate, he holds a master's of public administration from the University of South Carolina and a law degree from Temple University.

Treasurer - Jason Salus (incumbent)

A former businessman with a degree in finance from Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from Temple University, Salus has brought private-sector financial acumen to the office of Treasurer, identifying new sources of revenue, making smart investments, and reducing his department's budget. In 2010, the Commissioners appointed him to the Montgomery County Industrial Development Authority, which supports job creation by providing low-interest financing for non-profits and mufacturers. He has started a finacial literacy initiative, and his office partners with non-profits to provide free income-tax preparation for low- and moderate-income families

A one-time student at the University of Manchester in England, Jason worked for international accounting and consulting firms as a forensic accountant. Later, he served as the director of real estate development for a non-profit community redevelopment organization. Before his election as Treasurer in 2011, he served as Conshohocken Borough's 1st Ward councilman.

Judge of the Court of Common Pleas - Daniel J. Clifford

A partner at the Weber Gallagher law firm, Clifford is immediate past chair of the 1,300-member Family Law Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.  He is a fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and member of its LGBT Committee. He has advocated for improvements to the family court system and diversity in law practice. He is the 2014 recipient of the Pro Bono Award from the Pennsylvania Bar.

Clifford has been chair of the Zoning Hearing Board in Springfield since 1996, presiding over hundreds of evidentiary hearings. He is a hearing committee member for the Disciplinary Board of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, and has served on the boards of Adoptions From the Heart and the Equality Forum.

Judge of the Court of Common Pleas - Todd Eisenberg

Eisenberg is lead claims counsel for Peco Energy Company, handling a significant portion of the company's civil litigation. He formerly was solicitor for several townships and boroughs, and operated his own law practice, handling criminal, personal injury and family law matters. He was a staff attorney for the Philadelphia Public Defender's Office. 

A graduate of Boston University, Eisenberg earned his law degree from Widener University School of Law and holds a Master of Legal Letters in Trial Advocacy degree from Temple. He is an instructor in trial advocacy for Temple and the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. He volunteers for the Montgomery County Child Advocacy Project, representing children in PFA hearings, dependency matters and as a witness in criminal cases.

Judge of the Court of Common Pleas - Natasha Taylor-Smith

As assistant solicitor for Montgomery County, Taylor-Smith provides counsel to several human services departments, including those serving older people and people with behavioral health issues or developmental disabilities. She formerly was a public defender and operated her own law firm.

A graduate of Hampton College, she was an adjunct faculty member in the trial advocacy program at Temple law school, her legal alma mater. She has been a featured Continuing Legal Education presenter for the Pennsylvania and National bar associations on issues including "Handling the Sexual Assault Case and Prosecuting Protection from Abuse Cases." At Salem Baptist Church of Jenkintown, she teaches Sunday school, leads youth activities, serves on the Board of Activities and volunteers at a homeless ministry.

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