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Republicans Wrestle Control of Hatboro Borough Council

Three Republican newcomers defeat incumbent Democrats.

In a landslide victory that leaves only one Democrat standing come Jan. 1, the Hatboro Borough Council will shift from 4-3 Democrat-controlled to 6-1 Republican-controlled with the election of three newcomers.

According to unofficial election results reported by the Montgomery County Board of Elections, Mark Sheedy (903 votes) Robert Hegele (905 votes) and David Rich (901 votes) defeated incumbent Democrats Nancy Guenst (654 votes), Marianne Reymer (642 votes) and Aleta Ostrander (635 votes). Once the new councilmen are sworn in next year, Patricia Fleming will be the lone Democrat on the borough council.

In an e-mail to Patch early Wednesday morning, Sheedy said that individual voters "did their homework" and "endorsed those who they believed were the most qualified and displayed the best disposition."

"If you look at the county wide results, it is clear that they were not straight down party line," Sheedy said, adding that he is proud to have run with Hegele and Rich. "The most enjoyable part of the campaign was meeting and engaging in productive conversations with the intelligent and informed residents of Hatboro."

Scott Johnson, who chairs Hatboro’s Democratic Party, chalked up the loss to a greater success on the part of Republicans to get out the vote.

“If you check the results form 2009, we performed exactly as we did two years ago,” Johnson wrote in an e-mail to Patch. “The Democrats did not turn out, but the Republicans increased their numbers.”

Johnson said the Democrats’ local get out the vote operations need to be analyzed.

“Democrats historically are difficult to rouse during the off year elections,” he said.

Scott Johnson November 09, 2011 at 11:02 AM
I'd like to add that I congratulate Bob Hegele, Dave Rich and Mark Sheedy on a efficient campaign and victory last night and hope that they can match the level of service that the people they defeated performed for the Borough. I'd also like to thank Nancy Guenst, Aleta Ostrander and Marianne Reymer for their hard work and service to the community.
Al Wipplinger November 09, 2011 at 01:35 PM
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE NEW CREW. GREAT JOB ! dESPITE THE FACT i WAS UNABLE TO VOTE IN HATBORO I WOULD LIKE TO THINK THAT MY SUPPORT WAS SOMEWHAT EFFECTIVE. PROUD TO BE ON YOUR SIDE GUYS. MAKE ME PROUD. AL WIPPLINGER
Greg Firmbach November 09, 2011 at 01:47 PM
Finally back to responsible and fiscal leadership in Hatboro. Congratulations!
Liberty 1 November 12, 2011 at 09:55 PM
Amen to that!!! Not much has been written about how the social agenda pushed by the democrats hurt them here. Being fiscally responsible will always take a back seat to feeling good about themselves. Keep the fire to the feet of the Republican majority, though they are a good bunch, politics has a way of leading good people bad.
Al Wipplinger November 13, 2011 at 09:15 PM
Agreed Pat ! Look what happened to those in the "Leadership" now. It would be a real disappoitment should that happen to this group. I have no misgiving and will support them in going forward. I may not be able to vote BUT very happy the "Squablers" are done. Look for leadership going forward and I hope I don't have to eat my words. No "Fire" from me but constructive comments will be made as often as I see fit. Keep the faith !
Long Arm November 13, 2011 at 10:01 PM
Always nice to her from Al…….before happy hour!
Al Wipplinger November 13, 2011 at 10:13 PM
No more "Happy hour" for me unless you are buying !!

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