Archive of posts for January, 2011:

State Rep. Josh Shapiro to run for county commissioner, eyes chairman’s seat

Posted by admin on Monday, January 31, 2011

Linda Finarelli of Montgomery Media writes:

State Rep. Josh Shapiro is aiming to swap his seat in the Statehouse for one on the board of the Montgomery County Commissioners — his ultimate goal being the chairman’s seat.

The Democrat representing the 153rd District said in an interview today he would run for county commissioner, now that Montgomery County Commissioners Vice Chairman Joseph M. Hoeffel III has announced he will not seek re-election.

Shapiro will run on the Democratic ticket with Whitemarsh Township Supervisor Leslie Richards.

“There are great challenges facing our county,” Shapiro said when asked why he was entering the commissioners race. “I look forward to addressing them, creating more jobs and more economic opportunities … reforming county government, streamlining its processes.

“I think I have the experience and knowhow to do just that.”

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Joe Hoeffel announces he will not seek reelection, Josh Shapiro in the race

Posted by admin on Monday, January 31, 2011

Keith Phucas of The Times Herald writes:

In a move to repair “disunity” in the Montgomery County Democratic party, Commissioner Joseph M. Hoeffel is bowing out of the 2011 election race and throwing his support behind Democratic commissioner hopefuls Josh Shapiro, a state House member, and Whitemarsh Supervisor Leslie Richards.

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Shapiro, who represents Abington and Upper Moreland in Pennsylvania’s 153rd District, said he has shown an ability in the state legislature to work across party lines.

“I’ve accomplished a great deal in Harrisburg, and I’m looking forward to bringing that same mindset here to the courthouse in Norristown,” he said. “I think in public service you have to strive to solve problems, and I think there are a number of challenges that face us right here in Montgomery County.”

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Richards, who has served for four years as a Whitemarsh supervisor, has focused on quality of life issues and good government.

“I’ve always believed in transparent government,” she said.
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