Keith Phucas of The Mercury writes:
WHITEMARSH — The Montgomery County Democratic Committee endorsed its slate of candidates Thursday matter of factly and lacking the drama of the Republican nominations of a week earlier. The party believes it has the voter registration and funding advantage that could put it over the top in the county commissioners race and make history, leaders said.
Topping the Democratic ticket are state Rep. Josh Shapiro and Whitemarsh Supervisor Leslie Richards, who are appealing to voters who want to wipe the slate clean with fresh faces on the county’s governing board.
The Democratic candidates and their supporters gathered for the endorsement convention Thursday evening at Colonial Elementary School in Plymouth Meeting. More than 300 attended.
Richards, 43, said she and Shapiro are ready to take advantage of opportunities and lead a “reform agenda,” but they are well aware of the economic reality of having to do more with less.
“We both know the best thing for Montgomery County now is a fresh start,” she said. “So how are we going to do this? We’re going to do this effectively, efficiently and economically.” Read the rest of this entry »
Keith Phucas of The Times Herald writes:
WHITEMARSH — The Montgomery County Democratic Committee endorsed its slate of candidates Thursday matter-of-factly and lacking the drama of the Republican nominations of a week prior.
This year, the party believes it has the voter registration and funding advantage that could put them over the top in the commissioners race and make history.
Topping the Democratic ticket are state Rep. Josh Shapiro and Whitemarsh Supervisor Leslie Richards, who are appealing to voters who want to wipe the slate clean with fresh faces on the county’s governing board. Read the rest of this entry »
Margaret Gibbons of the Bucks County Courier Times writes:
The Montgomery County Democrats on Thursday night turned over the reins of the party to the next generation.
In a voice vote, the party’s foot soldiers gave their stamp of approval to a pair they hope will lead their party in toppling the Republicans’ 100-year-plus stranglehold on the county government.
The 314 committee members awarded the party’s two commissioner endorsements to state Rep. Josh Shapiro, a 37-year-old lawyer from Abington serving his seventh year in the state House, and Whitemarsh Supervisor Leslie Richards, a 43-year-old businesswoman.
“Now is our time,” said county Democratic Chairman Marcel L. Groen in a room displaying signs proclaiming unity. “This will be the first election ever that Democrats win the two majority commissioner seats.” Read the rest of this entry »
Jeremy Roebuck of The Philadelphia Inquirer writes:
Compared with the Republicans, Montgomery County’s Democrats practically put on a lovefest.
In an elementary school auditorium adorned with signs bearing one word – “Unity” – the party’s committee members unanimously endorsed State Rep. Josh Shapiro (D., Montgomery) and Whitemarsh Supervisor Leslie Richards on Thursday to lead their ticket in the 2011 county elections.
Their nomination for the commissioners’ posts sets off what could be an especially contentious and expensive county race. Democrats see this as their best chance to take control of government for the first time in the county’s history.
“It’s not that history that motivates Leslie and I to run,” Shapiro told a cheering crowd. “It’s not just about winning as Democrats. It’s about winning for the people of Montgomery County.” Read the rest of this entry »
The 2011 elections are critical to our county and our party. We are confident that unified behind the Shapiro-Richards ticket we will win a Democratic majority in the courthouse and bring about real change that will improve the lives of all who live and work in Montgomery County.
That road to victory begins with you. On Thursday, we will respectfully ask for the endorsement to lead our Democratic ticket at the county convention. Then on Friday, all the way through to Election Day we will ask for your hard work and commitment to bring about a new day in the courthouse and for our County.
We look forward to hearing from you. Please continue to visit this site for more information and to get involved.
Josh Shapiro and Leslie Richards