Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Unofficial election results from the Montgomery County Board of Elections show Democrat Bill Godshall defeating sitting Mayor Norm Hawkes.
Political newcomer and Hatboro businessman Bill Godshall wasn't surprised at defeating sitting mayor and fellow Democrat Norm Hawkes in Tuesday's primary election. "The past couple of days really did it for me. I did an awful lot of knocking on doors," Godshall said Tuesday night, after learning he defeated Hawkes, among Democrats at least, by a 184-143 vote, according to unofficial Montgomery County election results. "I was judging from that response ... 'I think I’m going to win this thing.' " In an email to Patch Wednesday morning, Hawkes said he got "the most votes overall" from Democrats and Republicans. According to Godshall, both candidates staged a write-in campaign at the polls on Tuesday. "It looks like the office of mayor will …
Monday, May 20, 2013
Mayor Norm Hawkes is being challenged by newcomer Bill Godshall.
Two Democrats. One spot on the general election ballot. Tuesday's primary will determine which Democrat contender for Hatboro Mayor is the favored candidate in the November election. Political newcomer and business owner Bill Godshall is challenging sitting Hatboro Mayor Norm Hawkes When asked if he would pursue the race further if the majority of Democrats do not overwhelmingly vote for him on Tuesday, Hawkes said he had not "thought about it." "During my past seven years as mayor, I have worked with the borough staff, the police department, elected officials, and most importantly, the residents of the borough to improve the quality of life and safety in our town," Hawkes said of why voters should choose him. "Public safety is the …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Former U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak, a Democrat, announced Tuesday that he's exploring another run for the Senate; Sestak narrowly lost to Pat Toomey in 2010.
A rematch between former U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak and U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey is in the works as Sestak announced Tuesday that he's exploring a run for the Senate in 2016. Democrat Sestak, a former Navy vice admiral, lost narrowly to Republican Toomey in 2010. Sestak, of Delaware County, has formed an exploratory committee—the equivalent of launching a campaign in terms of Federal Elections Commission paperwork, according to a Washington Post report. Can Sestak beat Toomey? Who would you vote for if the Senate election was held today? Tell us in the comments section below. Tuesday's announcement ends speculation that Sestak, 61, is raising money to challenge Gov. Tom Corbett. Sestak raised $460,000 in the first quarter of this year. A Sestak-…
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Here are some family activities you can do to foster environmentalism. Sponsored by Sony.
Very few events are celebrated around the globe, but Earth Day is. This year, it’s come and gone. But we’re here to ask: What can we do to show our love of the earth on that day, and every day? On May 31st, Sony will release After Earth, an action-packed movie that takes place 1,000 years after cataclysmic events forced humanity to leave. It’s the kind of scenario that makes you want to donate to Greenpeace, recycle everything, and start biking every where, immediately. So, in honor of Earth Day, Patch has teamed up with Sony to present these ideas for making every day Earth Day. How can we make every day Earth Day? Begin with little things. Easy things. Obvious things. Things we take for granted each day, and use and/or abuse because of…
County Republicans say the interim Voter Services director's involvement with a Democratic political committee is evidence of 'cronyism.' Castor: 'Everyone associated with this process has acted honorably.'
The Montgomery County Board of Commissioners on Thursday continued to face questions regarding the recent dismissal of Joseph Passarella, the former long-time head of the county's Voter Services department, as the county's Republican committee pointed to his interim replacement's erstwhile role in a Democratic political committee as evidence of "Philadelphia-style political cronyism." Passarella was dismissed April 17 after almost two decades in the post. Commissioner Bruce Castor led off Thursday's meeting of the Board of Commissioners with a statement directly addressing the "public controversy," saying that he believed "everyone associated with this process has acted honorably and in the belief that they were doing what they thought …
Monday, April 22, 2013
It's not too late to register to vote in the Primary Election.
Monday, April 22
The last day to register to vote in the May 21 Primary Election is Monday. You have until the end of business Monday to register. Individuals applying to register to vote must be: Download a voter registration form in the pdf section of this article.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Joseph Passarella had led the county's Voter Services department since 1994. He reportedly was terminated Wednesday.
Last updated 4:45 p.m. Thursday Montgomery County officials were tight-lipped Thursday about the circumstances surrounding the apparent dismissal Wednesday of Joseph Passarella, who had run the county's Voter Services department since 1994. Passarella's termination was first reported Thursday morning by The Intelligencer, which cited unnamed sources who said Passarella was called into a noon meeting by unspecified county administrators on Wednesday and informed he was being immediately removed from his post. County Commissioner Leslie Richards, who also serves as chair of the county's Board of Elections, cited the county's policy of declining to comment on "personnel issues" when asked Thursday about both Passarella's departure and whether…
Monday, April 1, 2013
Democrat Bill Godshall is challenging Democrat Norm Hawkes in Hatboro’s primary election.
Saying, “we need a mayor for all the people of Hatboro,” businessman Bill Godshall has thrown his hat into the political ring. Godshall, 69, who moved into the borough five years ago and relocated his business, Rose in Bloom, to Hatboro from New Hope at that time, has set his sights on the position of mayor. The post is currently held by Democrat Norm Hawkes, whose term ends this year. A military veteran of 32 years, Godshall said addressing flooding in the borough, as well as having more input on the decision to either fix or rebuild the 50-year-old police station are his top priorities. Check back later this week to see what Hawkes has to say about his re-election bid. To make sure you don’t miss updates on this story, or other stories …
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Two politicians from the county may face-off in a race for the state's seat.
Of course, nothing is set in stone just yet, but with phrases like "80 percent sure" and "pragmatism and practicality" being floated around, it is possible that Montgomery County may be home to a hot race in the 2014 Pennsylvania governor's race. Montgomery County Commissioner Bruce Castor has not put a percentage on his desire to enter the race, but has said he is keeping a close eye on the current governor, Tom Corbett's actions in the second half of his term. "I'm not going to run just to make a splash. I want Pennsylvania to go down the right path," Castor said in an interview with Pennsylvania Cable Network, covered by Patch in January. "I want Pennsylvania to be a conservative state, but with pragmatism and practicality. I don't see …
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Previously ran against Corbett in 2004 Pa. Attorney General primary
Montgomery County Commissioner Bruce Castor could challenge Pa. Governor Tom Corbett in 2014, PoliticsPA reports. The 51-year-old former district attorney and Lower Salford resident is the minority Republican on the county's 3-person executive and legislative board, alongside Democrats Josh Shapiro and Leslie Richards. Castor told the political news website that he believes Corbett is "vulnerable" to a reelection challenge. Corbett and Castor have a storied history, including a 2004 Republican primary race for Attorney General. The Republican State Committee endorsed Corbett for the post and Castor ran a grassroots campaign throughout the state, losing the nomination by five points. Castor has served on the Board of Commissioners since …