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Morrisville Borough - Borough Council 3rd Ward (4 YR Term)

The Borough Council is the governing body for the borough. A borough council member oversees the provision of borough services, enacts ordinances and sets the borough budget and taxes.

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    Robert Paul

  • Debbie Smith

Biographical Information

What do you consider to be the most important issues facing your community, and how do you propose to address them?

Why are you running for this office?

What qualifications and experience do you have that will assist you in the performance of the duties of this office?

Experience Former General Counsel of Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the federal regulator for commodities and derivatives markets
Education University of Pennsylvania, B.A. 1977; New York University School of Law, J.D. 1980
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Campaign Phone (215) 817-8669
The most important issue facing Morrisville is public safety, which is a pre-requisite for all future progress and growth. I advocate restoring our police force to full strength by reinstating the full-time officer position that was eliminated in 2018 and working with our police administration to ensure that it has sufficient resources to adequately protect our community. The Borough Council needs to rise above the festering vendettas and personal animosities that are dragging it down. Therefore I would press Council members to discuss controversial issues openly with the public at Council meetings, which would promote transparency in decision-making and budgeting.
I am disappointed by the conduct and performance of the current Borough Council. I believe that I can bring a fresh, unbiased approach to Council proceedings. Based on what I have observed at Council meetings, Council members need to rise above petty grudges and personal vanity. The actions taken and the programs and projects approved by Council are all that matters, not who gets credit for them. Morrisville deserves better.
Practicing law for the past 38 years has provided me with a variety of experience that will be useful to the Council. For my first job out of law school, I worked for the one of the leading municipal finance firms on Wall Street. As General Counsel of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, I worked extensively with representatives of both parties in Congress and other federal agencies to draft and adopt complex legislation. In private practice, I have served as corporate secretary for numerous companies organizing and conducting a wide range of meetings and effecting corporate actions. My commitment to community service includes volunteering to: give rides and deliver meals to senior citizens for The Ivins Outreach Center; serve on the board of Ivins and Good Friends, Inc., the local residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility; and answer phones for the Contact Helpline of the Family Service Association of Bucks County.
Experience Serving on Borough Council since 2012
Education High School
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Campaign Phone (267) 799-4040
A limited tax base has been an issue for years. High taxes burden many residents in our community. I recently supported expanding the boundaries of the Enterprise Zone as well as to create a LERTA District within the borough to help with economic development. That, along with upgrades to our Comprehensive Plan and some zoning changes to help the business district, I believe will encourage developers and businesses to take a serious look at the potential here in Morrisville. With the focus on Riverfront towns to revitalize, I believe this is Morrisville's time to for those efforts. Economic development is crucial to help improve our revenues in the future.
I have served on council for 8 years now and I have been honored to be a part of some of the improvements happening. Such as, addressing blighted properties, implementing a much needed road program to start addressing road repairs each year, improvements to our parks, including development of a new passive park on preserved land next to Historic Summerseat. A lot has been accomplished so far and I feel we are just getting started on a new path to making Morrisville a better place to live and work. If re-elected, I will continue to work to complete projects the council is working on to keep Morrisville improving.
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