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Upper Makefield Township Supervisor (6 YR Term)

The Township Board is the governing body for the township. The Township Supervisor oversees the provision of township services, enacts ordinances and sets the borough budget and taxes.

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    Tim Thomas
    (Rep)

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    Ben Weldon
    (Dem)

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 Park & Recreation Board UMT Environmental Advisory Committee UMT Former Board Member Patriot FC Former Board Member St. Andrews Church Yardley,PA Member Upper Makefield Business Association
Education BS Rider University MBA Lasalle University
Campaign Phone (215) 262-5961
There are several important issues including open space,our waterways,the integrity of our roadways/traffic safety,improvement of our Parks,and our municipal & volunteer staffing. Due to the foresight and vision of our previously elected leaders and residents Upper Makefield is blessed with a large amount of open space. It is important that we protect this open space and,if fiscally responsible,consider purchasing more open space. As many township residents are aware our roads get worn down by weather and use. I think the township has done a good job of maintaining our roadways and if elected I will strive to continue this. Traffic safety is very important and I have worked with the township on the Mt. Eyre & Taylorsville road intersection to make safety improvements. As a member of the Park and Recreation Committee I have been involved with bringing irrigation to the the soccer fields and expanding the walkway in Lookout Park.
I am running because I believe every citizen of Upper Makefield should have a strong quality of life and enjoyment. The citizens of our township deserve nothing less than having their elected representatives respond to their wants and needs. I truly believe I am blessed to live in one of the most beautiful areas in the world. In addition to being beautiful Upper Makefield Township has been blessed with past and currents leaders who have had great vision in maintaining a strong community. For the past 20 years I have been part of this community. I serve on several township boards, have coached soccer at Patriots FC, and have children in the school system. I believe there is no higher honor than being elected to office by your fellow citizens. There is tremendous responsibility that comes with being elected. I take this responsibility very seriously and make a pledge to all voters that I will always uphold Democracy.
First and foremost I have the right temperament to hold elected office. Anybody who has served on a board with me will tell you that my demeanor is calm and reasonable. There are elected officials,fellow board members,fellow citizens,and neighbors who have giving me their endorsement to run for office. They have giving me their endorsement because they believe in my character. I would bring solid experience to the Upper Makefield Board of Supervisors. For several years I have served on the Park & Recreation Board and the Environmental Advisory Committee for Upper Makefield. I have had numerous opportunities to interact with the township staff and the Upper Makefield Board of Supervisors. It is through these interactions that I have begun to understand the inner workings of Municipal Government. Having lived in Upper Makefield I have met hundreds of my fellow citizens. Through these meetings I have gained a strong understanding of Upper Makefield values.
Experience For ten years I have run a successful photography company working with clients who are drawn to my enthusiasm, creativity, and ability to manage a diverse array of projects across a variety of fields.
Education Bachelor of Science Drexel University
Email address ben@votebenweldon.com
Campaign Phone (215) 518-2549
1. We need to ensure that we preserve what remains of our open space. For purposes of maintaining infrastructure, the environment, and the quality of life in Upper Makefield, it's crucial that we prioritize permanently preserving land wherever possible.

2. Upper Makefield is a unique township. We can and should do more to highlight the history, the natural beauty, and find more ways to bring together residents to celebrate our town.

3. We also need to continue to plan for the future. Too often local governments get into trouble when they make financial decision that provide benefit for the short-term at the expense of the future.
My wife Rose and I both grew up in Bucks County. We got married in our house in Upper Makefield and chose to raise our four children here. Upper Makefield is special and we feel incredibly fortunate to live here. I would be proud to serve the community and our neighbors and to help shape the future of the township.
In forming and growing a successful business, I’ve demonstrated both a talent for seeing the larger picture, as well the willingness to do the day-to-day work to achieve that long-term vision. I’m excited about the chance to serve Upper Makefield and to bring that creativity and work-ethic to bear on behalf of the residents of our Township.

I’ve been closely involved and active in local government for many years. I understand how it works and I believe I can bring an optimistic, reasonable, and forward-thinking voice to our Board of Supervisors.