Partner at Penglase & Benson Law Firm in Doylestown, Pa.;
current Chair of the Board of Supervisors:
elected to the board in 1999;
Member-Bucks County Association of Township Officials-former chair
B.A.-Criminal Justice-LaSalle University,
M.A. Counseling-LaSalle University,
J.D. Temple University
Maintaining the high quality of life in Warwick Township has always been a significant concern and goal for the township supervisors. We need to maintain our highly professional township staff who each respond quickly and efficiently to residents' concerns regarding our physical plant, our roads, open spaces and programs. Our police department and fire department are without peer in this county and we intend to continue that service to ensure each resident's safety at all times. It is important that our creative Park and Rec department continue to offer a wide variety of activities to residents of all ages. It is our intent to always run a fiscally sound local government and manage our taxpayers' money wisely while being excellent stewards of our community.
My experience and institutional knowledge of our community is substantial. I believe that our community has prospered as a result of a smoothly and hard working board of supervisors that consults together on all matters and constantly asks how we can do things better for our community. I believe that continued cooperative working in local government will allow Warwick to maintain its great quality of life for our residents while seeking out more opportunities to serve and improve our community.
Since my initial election to the board of supervisors, I have been fortunate to have excellent staff members and consultants to assist and guide me in making decisions for the community that always puts the community first. As a board, we have been able to hold the line on local taxes for the past 10 years and have not needed to cut or limit the services that our community expects. Our park system which is in wonderful shape was expanded significantly in July 2019 with the opening of our newest park, Memorial Park. We have been able to seek out and obtain alternate funding streams to pay for many township projects to lessen the financial burden on our residents. In 2017 we opened the first emergency services building which is staffed by Central Bucks Ambulance and saw a significant decrease in response times for residents with medical emergencies. Our township staff is strong, stable and looks forward to working with our residents every day.
Over 40 years working for large financial services companies in various capacities including operations, management, and QA testing of Mutual Fund software..
BA in History from SUNY Albany
I believe that as a result of the increasing urgency of action on Climate Change, an important issue is the need for more environmental impact studies to be done before granting new building permits. Related issues are the importance of retaining open spaces in the township as new developments continue to fill them and conducting studies on the environmental impact of chemical spraying. Another important issue is increasing transparency by televising or streaming the Board of Supervisor’s and Planning/Zoning Board meetings, to keep our citizens better informed. I also will if elected, advocate for the Board to hold bi-monthly Town Hall type meetings so the township’s residents can meet the supervisors and air any grievances or concerns they may have. The opioids epidemic continues to be an important issue. I think we should be addressing it as a disease, counseling and treatment services are crucial. We need to assure that everyone who needs these services has access to them.
I'm running for supervisor for the following reasons:
1) There are 52% registered Republicans in Warwick Township and 48% Democrats or Independents, so almost half of the registered voters are not represented on the 3 member board. In the interest of bi-partisan government, if I am elected to the Board, for the first time in decades there would be a Supervisor on the Board working to represent the interests of both Democrats and Independents. 2) To bring a new perspective and new ideas to the Board of Supervisors, whose membership has remained unchanged for many years.
3) I have a heartfelt desire to serve the wonderful residents of the township, who I currently serve as a member of the Emergency Communications Committee. I have met many Warwick Township residents in running for this office both this year and two years ago and would appreciate the opportunity to further serve them as one of their Supervisors.
I believe that my experience in the financial industry will be invaluable in performing my duties as a supervisor. I have been attending the supervisor's meetings for the last two years to stay informed of all of the ongoing issues. In that time, I have spoken out in front of the board on the key issues of protecting our children from Gun Violence and ending the Gerrymandering of our voting districts which led to the board sending letters to our local legislators to act on these issues. I believe that my observing the actions of the board for the last two years and speaking out on important issues will assist me in performing my duties as supervisor.