“We understand the County Planning Commission is conducting a study to evaluate possible uses for the aircraft runway at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove. While airports can be important economic drivers, there has been little or no supporting evidence to date that the preservation of the Willow Grove airstrip would produce economic, strategic or other advantages that outweigh the obvious concerns and opposition of the surrounding communities. Therefore, we do not believe the airstrip should be preserved for future use.”
Margaret Gibbons of The Intellegencer writes:
Montgomery County’s two Democratic county commissioner candidates are money magnets.
The joint campaign committee for Democrats Josh Shapiro and Leslie Richards raised almost $130,000 in just a month’s time, according to a campaign expense report covering a reporting period from May 3 to June 6.
In contrast, the joint campaign committee for Republican county commissioner candidates Bruce L. Castor Jr. and Jenny Brown took in just about $50,000 during that same reporting period.
And, unlike the Democratic fundraising that reflects new contributions, the funds brought in to the GOP joint committee primarily came from earlier contributions made to their individual campaign committees and transferred to the joint committee.
For example, the “Friends of Jenny Brown” made two $20,000 contributions, one on May 6 and another May 19, to Brown-Castor ‘11 during this reporting period while “Friends of Bruce Castor Inc.” gave the joint committee $4,000 on May 20.
The Shapiro/Richards campaign ended the reporting period with a cash balance of $378,585 and unpaid debts totaling $2,276. Read the rest of this entry »
Jeremy Roebuck of The Philadelphia Inquirer writes:
A handful of Montgomery County’s most generous and reliable Republican Party benefactors have put their pocketbooks behind a surprising team this year.
Amid what is expected to be one of the hardest-fought campaigns for the county’s three commissioner seats in decades, several GOP stalwarts have offered sizable donations to, of all people, Democrats.
Of the $300,000 that candidates State Rep. Josh Shapiro and Whitemarsh Supervisor Leslie Richards have raised since October, more than $37,000 – about 12 percent – has come from high-profile Republican sources.
Their early success in drawing money from across that partisan divide could signify a shift in the political winds for a county long considered the Republicans’ piggy bank, or – as some local political watchers see it – another example of growing tension in the county GOP.
“We’re really proud of the fact that not only Democrats think we’re going to win but also a lot of Republicans and independents do, too,” Shapiro said.
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