Get to know Lisa4Horsham

Lisa Cellini has announced she is running for Horsham Council.

Who is Lisa Cellini?

Lisa is a twenty-year resident of Horsham, a master's prepared public health nurse and a clean water advocate. In addition, she is a small business owner and the mother of three children. 

In her own words: 

"I am a master’s Prepared Public Health Nurse and I have my bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from La Salle University

After many years of hospital work I worked at the Montgomery County Health Department (MCHD) for five years when it was first formed in the early 90’s. I was Director of Nursing and Clinical Services and oversaw  a staff of 30, ran two health centers, one in Pottstown and one in Norristown and managed a budget of about one million dollars

I am a Clean Water Advocate and helped to form BuxMont Coalition for Safer Water a group of concerned, relentlessly dedicated people trying to make sure we have clean drinking water.

I am the owner and operator of an art gallery in Ambler and enjoy bringing arts and culture into the area. My Husband Carl, owns and runs two successful businesses in Ambler, a computer hardware and service business and a school of martial arts.

I am the Mother of three children, two of which attended HH schools K – 12. They are now at PSU. One is in graduate school and the other is a junior. Our daughter, who is much older, was raised mostly in Springfield Montgomery County and is the mother of three active boys."

Why is Lisa running?

Lisa is running for Horsham Council because: 

  • Horsham Township residents have a right to clean, safe, drinking water and should not be paying a surcharge on their water bill to clean up the water contaminated by chemicals used on the Willow Grove Naval Air Base. 

  • Residents who drank public water in Horsham prior to 2016 should have access to free biomedical testing for per-fluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl chemicals in their body so they can work with their health care provider to maintain good health. I believe it is the responsibility of the State and Federal government to pay for this testing and I will work to hold them accountable .

  • One of the strengths of Horsham Township is our network of preserved open space and walking trails. I believe we should have a more environmentally conscious approach to how we care for and protect our Township land. This includes being a leader in practices such as  recycling and reducing single use plastic and not using harmful herbicides and pesticides. I will make sure park staff are trained in environmentally conscious ways of caring for our public lands.

  • Horsham Township would benefit from enhancing the arts and culture scene, such as more diverse restaurants, a theater and art and music venues so more people will be interested in living and working and in Horsham. I will work with the zoning board and business community to promote these ideas.

  • While our Township has thrived in recent years, our leadership has become  insular and stagnant. New ideas, fresh faces and   increased energy will invigorate our community. I believe that maintaining sound fiscal management with an enhanced  vision for our future is the best path to take.  

  • In the spirit of open government I will strive to establish transparency in the hiring and awarding of contracts as well as the televised broadcasting of Council and board meetings... 

  • With belief in equal opportunity for persons of all cultural backgrounds, genders, races and religions, I will work to promote diversity in Township government hiring practices and board appointments.  In lieu of state and federal protections I will also support an anti discriminatory-resolution aimed at protecting people who identify as lesbian, gay, transgender and queer.

  • It is time to end one party rule in Horsham.

How do I learn more about Lisa and how to support her in her run for council?

Visit Lisa's web site at http://www.lisa4horsham.com, or text LISA to 215 608 0773 to join her campaign and learn more.


Get to know Natasha4 Horsham

Natasha Bagchi recently announced her run for Horsham Council. 

 

 

 

 

Who is Natasha? 

Natasha has over 20 years of experience as a Global Commercial Marketing Leader.   She works in the pharmaceutical industry and most recently led Digital Marketing Strategy for Pfizer's LATAM countries.  Just this past fall, Natasha made the decision to start her own Pharmaceutical Marketing Consulting company, where she could harness her professional experience at Ernst & Young, Deloitte Consulting, and Merck.  Now, she helps companies  deliver true value to their patients and customers by reimagining health and wellness using design thinking approaches and cultivating the power of mindfulness, neuroscience and agility.

In 2003, Natasha married her husband Indranil, upon which Natasha moved from New York to Horsham.  Indranil earned his PhD in Health Economics and is currently the Senior Vice President and Head of Global Value and Access at Novartis.  They have two children, Celina (12) and Ishaan (7).  Celina started playing soccer with Horsham Soccer Association when she was just 4, with mom and dad coaching the team.  After 7 years of both rec and travel with HSA, Celina moved to PA Rush.  She swam with Hatboro Horsham Aquatics Association for 3 years after learning to swim fantastically in the school district program at Simmons.  Ishaan followed in his sister's footsteps and has been playing with HSA for 3 years, and he joined their Travel Team just this past fall.  Ishaan also plays for Hatters Hoops and wants to join the Hatboro Horsham Aquatics Association as well.  While at Simmons Elementary, Celina was identified as a gifted student and participated in the weekly enrichment program.  After the 4th grade, Natasha and Indranil decided to move Celina to Germantown Academy to further meet their expectations on rigorous academics and a strong culture of diversity.  Both Celina and Ishaan are currently students at GA.  

Along with her membership in many professional organizations and meetups, Natasha is a member of the United Nations Association and has served on various non-profit boards focusing on eliminating Child Sex Trafficking.  Natasha was also an active member of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders until 2017.  She has worked on many initiatives to supporting diversity and inclusion.  Until 2017, Natasha was part of a Sustainable Development Committee helping the UN to achieve their 2030 goals.  Natasha has a very deep commitment to children's interests and protecting the vulnerable.  

Natasha is an artist who loves painting and sewing.  She and her husband are committed to physical fitness, well being and practice Mindfulness.   On occasion, she enjoys strumming a guitar...  though she is self taught so not that good yet!

Why is Natasha Running for Horsham Council?

In her own words:

"15 years ago my husband and I built our first home here in Horsham because this community was we wanted to raise our children.  Unfortunately, since then, we watched Horsham lose ground as neighboring townships kept building more, advancing more, retaining business and even enticing some current Horsham businesses to move to their community. We've watched as their schools have maintained and even improved their ratings and, the residents have more services and opportunities. Horsham leaders are still gloating about being recognized as "one of the best places to live in America"- except that was in 2013!  Horsham has made little progress since 2013. Our Naval Air Base is deteriorating everyday; the base has caused our water to be laced with toxic chemicals and outrageously, we are each paying to clean it; most of our commercial spaces are outdated and unattractive; our walking score is a nonexistent 23; our school district is disappointingly ranked 180th out of 603 in the state....  We've all watched as Horsham has fallen behind!"

What is Natasha hoping to accomplish?

Natasha has developed the following platform: 

"Let's rethink economic development:  I want to  reduce the economic burden on residents by incentivizing businesses to commit in Horsham and grow even more in Horsham.  When Horsham is good for business, business invests in Horsham and our residents get more services and benefits.

Let's get shovels in the ground at the Naval Base:  The base is an eye sore and is the cause of our toxic drinking water, I have proven ideas to accelerate the remediation so that we don't have to rely on water filters forever, and we can launch the NAS-JRB Willow Grove Redevelopment Plan, generating powerful revenue for community reinvestment

Let's be a welcoming community:  Studies show that communities enriched with a diverse population tend to have better schools and higher median incomes, I want to develop ways to attract new residents and grow our diversity population and enrich the culture of Horsham

Let's get students in control: I want to help empower the student population to demand the school district meet higher expectations of academic excellence and compete with our neighboring districts

Let's increase the value of our property:  By becoming a go-to city for new residences and businesses, we can finally start seeing our house values increase at the same rate (or even better) as those in our neighboring communities

Let's modernize Horsham:  With diligent planning and a whole lot of outlook, we can push for progress and modernize Horsham by leveraging existing resources, adding bike lanes on streets and, build sidewalks to increase our walk score

I am running for council because I care about Horsham and I believe I can make Horsham more holistically attractive for residences and businesses.  

I have successfully navigated complex organizations burdened with bureaucracy and I can navigate Horsham too 

I have 20 years of experience as a senior executive marketing leader working across the globe

I have managed budgets in the tens of millions

I have worked within the top Management Consulting firms and the #1 pharmaceutical company, Pfizer, amongst others

I know how to brand and sell and, I have a proven track record of getting things done. 

I can navigate complex, highly regulated and bureaucratic systems successfully

I am a collaborative, team player and I know how to make people successful

When Horsham is a more attractive place to do business, we will generate substantial revenues to reinvest in our community and reduce the burden on residents.    

As your council member, I will work collaboratively and rapidly across the Township to pick up the pace and move us all forward."

How can I learn more and support Natasha in her run for Horsham Council?

Visit Natasha's website at http://www.natasha4horsham.com to learn more, or text NATASHA to 215 867 6662 to join her campaign. 


Susan Hunsinger-Hoff Announces Run for Hatboro-Horsham School Board

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                February 1, 2019

Contact:

Malcolm Stanley
267 251 9479.
a.malcolm.stanley@gmail.com



Susan Hunsinger-Hoff Announces Run for Hatboro-Horsham School Board

Event held by Horsham Democratic Committee showcases strength of support for Democratic Candidates in upcoming municipal elections



Susan Hunsinger-Hoff announced her 2019 run for the Hatboro-Horsham School Board at the Ukrainian American Sport Center on Thursday night. As an educator, Susan has worked with public, parochial and independent school teachers throughout her forty-four year. In her capacity as instructional technology specialist, she worked with students, teachers, parents and school boards from preschool to postgraduate level, taught a graduate level course in educational technology, and chaired several pre-k-12 committees on digital citizenship and internet safety. Susan grew up in Horsham and currently resides in Hatboro.

The announcement was made at a ‘Candidate Reveal’ event where a slate of local council and school board candidates was unveiled. The event was attended by Democratic Party leaders from Horsham and Montgomery County, as well as numerous elected officials at the state and local level.

Susan Hunsinger-Hoff brings many different perspectives, skill sets, and insights to the Hatboro-Horsham School District. She currently serves as the VP in charge of charitable giving for The Woman’s Club of Suburban Philadelphia which raises money for local children’s charities.

Current School Board member Jennifer Wilson introduced Susan at the event. “Residents want the Hatboro-Horsham School District to pursue initiatives that benefit our students and use the latest in educational technology and techniques. Susan is well-positioned to help us achieve those goals."

For more information, or to donate to the campaign, visit http://www.horshamdems.org





Natasha Bagchi Announces Run for Horsham Council

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                February 1, 2019

Contact:
Malcolm Stanley
267 251 9479.
a.malcolm.stanley@gmail.com

 

Natasha Bagchi Announces Run for Horsham Council

Event held by Horsham Democratic Committee showcases strength of support for Democratic Candidates in upcoming municipal elections

 

Natasha Bagchi announced her 2019 run for Horsham Council at the Ukrainian American Sport Center on Thursday night. A global pharmaceutical marketing executive with twenty years’ experience, Natasha Bagchi has worked with the pharmaceutical company Pfizer and many others, managing multi-million dollar global marketing and product introduction programs. Natasha and her husband Indranil have been Horsham residents for fifteen years and have two children.

The announcement was made at a ‘Candidate Reveal’ event where a slate of local council and school board candidates was unveiled. The event was attended by Democratic Party leaders from Horsham and Montgomery County, as well as numerous elected officials at the state and local level.

Natasha Bagchi's signature issue is to make Horsham a more attractive place for residents and businesses. Her local political and advocacy experience includes leading the executive board of the Horsham Chase Residents Association, where she assisted residents in protecting wetlands. She has been strongly advocating for the environment, using the United Nations Association and Friends International as a platform.

Montgomery County Chair Valerie Arkoosh spoke at the launch event and said, “Horsham is fortunate to have a strong business-oriented candidate like Natasha Bagchi. Her significant global business experience is unique among the candidates for Horsham Council.”

Current Horsham Council member Veronica Hill-Milbourne introduced Natasha to the crowded room, which included more than a hundred Horsham residents and supporters from both parties. “Horsham residents wish to see Horsham Council pursue initiatives which increase the size and diversity of our business and township community, while responsibly managing the resources provided by taxpayers to the council to do so. Natasha Bagchi is a seasoned business executive who will bring new skills and energy to the Council in pursuing these objectives.”

State Senator Maria Collett (D-District 12) was pleased to welcome Bagchi to the Democratic slate. “Natasha Bagchi is part of the next wave of capable, forward-thinking candidates stepping up and speaking out for positive change,” says Collett. “I am confident she has what it takes to tackle the issues that matter to us and I look forward to working with her to make a difference here in Horsham.”

 

For more information, or to donate to the campaign, visit http://www.Natasha4Horsham.com.

 


Lisa Cellini Announces Run for Horsham Council

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                     February 1, 2019

Contact:
Malcolm Stanley
267 251 9479.
a.malcolm.stanley@gmail.com

 

Lisa Cellini Announces Run for Horsham Council

Event held by Horsham Democratic Committee showcases strength of support for Democratic Candidates in upcoming municipal elections

 

Lisa Cellini announced her 2019 run for Horsham Council at the Ukrainian American Sport Center on Thursday night. Lisa Cellini is a small business owner, a public health nurse, and a clean water advocate. She was recently appointed to the Environmental Advisory Council by Horsham Council. She and her husband Carl have lived in Horsham for twenty years and have three grown children.

The announcement was made at a ‘Candidate Reveal’ event where a slate of local council and school board candidates was unveiled. The event was attended by Democratic Party leaders from Horsham and Montgomery County, as well as numerous elected officials at the state and local level.  

Lisa Cellini's signature issue is the contamination of Horsham water by chemicals historically used at the Willow Grove Naval Air Station, and the impact of this contamination on the residents of Horsham and on the township as a whole. Lisa Cellini intends to utilize her previous  experience as a Public Health leader to assist in arriving at good solutions for delivering clean, fresh water to Horsham while addressing funding for necessary Base clean up, and medical follow up for impacted residents. Cellini is also very interested in expanding Horsham's artistic community and facilities. Increasing support to the arts could improve our business climate and make Horsham a more attractive place to live.

Montgomery County Chair Valerie Arkoosh spoke at the launch event and said, "Lisa's long record of leadership and advocacy in Horsham is the change we need on Council. Her background in public health will mean that she will be a leader on many of the issues facing the Horsham community."

Current Horsham Council member Bill Gallagher introduced Lisa to the crowded room, which included more than a hundred Horsham residents and supporters from both parties. “Lisa has been working with Horsham Council as a water activist for a long time, and has gained the trust of council members on these issues, because she has put in the hard work required to really understand the details. Her deep ties to the community and her knowledge in this area will make her a great member of Horsham Council.“

State Senator Maria Collett (D-District 12) commended Cellini on her advocacy to address Horsham’s PFAS crisis. “I am proud to see Lisa stepping up. As a fellow nurse and passionate advocate, I know she has what it takes to listen and lead,” Collett said. “As a Horsham Council member, Lisa will be able to make an even bigger impact in fighting to improve our health, safety, and quality of life here in Horsham.”

For more information, or to donate to the campaign, visit http://www.Lisa4Horsham.com.

 

 


Candidate Reveal Kicks off 2019 Horsham Elections

Here is what you need to know right now:

Candidate Reveal Party and Campaign Fundraiser

Horsham Democratic Committee is hosting a Candidate Reveal Party and Fundraiser on January 31st at the Ukrainian Sports Club - Tryzub located at 1 Lower State Road at County Line Road. The event will run from 6PM - 9PM.

At this event we will be introducing two candidates for Horsham Council, as well as a candidate for Hatboro-Horsham School Board. Valerie Arkoosh and Ken Lawrence, running for re-election as Montgomery County Commissioners, will also be attending.

Horsham has two council positions up for election this year. With two Democratic councillors already elected, it is possible to swing Horsham council from red to blue, but we cannot do it without supporting our candidates in the Primary and through the Municipal Election. 

Tickets are available on our website at HorshamDems.org, or at the door. Please RSVP, purchase tickets, share this event with your friends, and bring as many people as possible. An early show of support will enable our candidates to move forward confidently. Let's fill the room and show them Horsham is behind them.

 

 

 

 

2019 Key Dates

Below is the calendar from the PA Department of State for the 2019 Municipal Elections.

The important take-aways from this schedule for our Horsham election plan  are these: 

  • Our first task will be to introduce our candidates to the Horsham community
  • We must get petitions completed to get their names on the Primary Ballot
  • We must Get Out The Vote for the Primary Election on May 21

The first task will be accomplished at our candidate reveal party on January 31st. 

We will be asking everyone to come together and help us gather petition signatures for our candidates. Petition period this year is from February 19 to March 12. There will be many opportunities to gather signatures, with door to door canvassing activities as well as organized petition parties.

Petition signing activities set us up well for GOTV activities. We will be communicating dates and activities for this soon and look forward to seeing you at our activities and events.


If for some reason you cannot participate in our activities, you can still support the Horsham Democratic Committee in our efforts to elect Democratic Candidates. Elections are costly and even a small contribution can make a big difference. Please make a donation today to support our candidates and our efforts to elect them.

 

 


PA Schools Work to Keynote Horsham Dems February Meeting

Join us on February 19th for our Monthly public meeting of the Horsham Democratic Committee.

Our agenda includes presentations by candidates for public office, updates by elected officials, and practical information for committee members and guests.

This month our keynote presentation is provided by Tomea A. Sippio-Smith, K-12 Policy Director, Public Citizens for Children and Youth, representing Pa Schools Work- A coalition of organizations from across PA representing teachers and other educators; urban, suburban, and rural communities; and parents and other community members working together for advocate for more state funding for K-12 public school education. This campaign builds on the work of the Campaign for Fair Educational Funding, the effort that was instrumental in gaining support for bipartisan enactment to a fair funding formula in 2016.

Following the keynote, we will be providing training on how to properly gather petition signatures for candidates who wish to be on the ballot in the upcoming primary election.

This gathering will be hosted at the Yuong Sang Presbyterian Church on Witmer Road in Horsham, beginning at 7PM.

Horsham Dems 2019 Meeting Schedule

Horsham Democratic Committee meets on the third Tuesday of each month. Our agenda includes presentations by candidates for public office, updates by elected officials, and practical information for committee members and guests. Our 2019 meeting schedule is as follows: 

February 19th
March 19th
April 16th
May 21st (also Primary Election day, so this may turn into an after-party, stay tuned!)
June 18th
July 16th
August 20th
September 17th
October 15th
November 19th - This will be a post-election Celebration and Volunteer Appreciation event

All of our regular meetings are hosted at the Yuong Sang Presbyterian Church on Witmer Road in Horsham, beginning at 7PM. You can find our complete event listing on Facebook here.


If for some reason you cannot participate in our activities, you can still support the Horsham Democratic Committee in our efforts to elect Democratic Candidates. Elections are costly and even a small contribution can make a big difference. Please make a donation today to support our candidates and our efforts to elect them.

 

 


Community Events

CeaseFirePA's Rally for Action in Harrisburg

Join CeaseFirePA on January 29th as we rally at the Capitol to remind the General Assembly that gun violence has not taken a break and that citizens across the Commonwealth are ready for legislative action. Follow the link to sign up for a seat on the bus!

Update on Medicare for All
Monday, February 11, 2019 at 7 PM – 9 PM at the Horsham Public Library

Caryn Leifer, representing National Nurses United, will be providing an update on the status of proposed legislation by Representative Pramila Jayapal, D Washington, for Medicare 4 all (universal health care) Previously this has been listed as HR676. She has not yet reintroduced the bill and therefore it has no number and not sure of committee assignment as of now. We will also discuss its relationship to ACA.

Fair Districts Volunteer Update - Public Welcome
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 7 PM – 9 PM at the Horsham Public Library

Fair Districts' Kate Doyle and Rich Rafferty will provide updates on 2019 Redistricting Reform legislation strategy, current legislation status with local legislators and key Harrisburg leaders and our plans for continued citizen outreach in Montgomery County and Southeast PA. We will also focus on what individual Fair Districts volunteers can do to keep our legislators aware of the urgent need for Redistricting Reform in 2019

 

That's all we have for right now. Please forward this to your friends, save the dates, and contact us at info@horshamdems.org if you have questions or would like to volunteer!


Save the Date! 2019 Fundraiser and Candidate Reveal!


Get on Board Supporting Horsham Services

Are you concerned about water quality in Horsham? Would you like to have more direct input into the decisions that are being made that directly affect the health and finances of you and your family? 

What about the plans to commercially develop areas of Horsham? Have lots of questions you wish you could more directly get answers to? Ever thought, or said, that you could do a better job than the people currently in charge?

What if, instead of asking for answers, you could become one of the people with the answers? Wouldn't that be great? 

Well guess what? You can.

Horsham Services like Water & Sewage, Commercial Development, the Public Library, and the preservation of places of Historical significance are overseen by Boards and Commissions that advise and in many cases directly oversee these activities. Several of these boards and commissions now have vacancies that must be filled. The application process is simple: 

  • write a letter of interest
  • print out your resume
  • mail them or drop them off at the Township Office, currently located at 1025 Horsham Road.

These opportunities are not widely advertised by the current council, but we have learned the following important positions are open:

 

Horsham Water and Sewer Authority: 5 Year Term

The meetings are held at the Authority Building, 617 Horsham Road, on the second and fourth Monday of every month at 7:30 P.M. (215) 672-8011. The Horsham Township Sewer Authority was created in 1963 and comprises seven residents of the Township who are appointed by Council. 

They are organized under the Municipalities Act of 1945, for the purpose of constructing or otherwise providing the facilities necessary to furnish sewage disposal in Horsham. The authority presently owns one sewage treatment plant. It has entered into various agreements with the Upper Moreland/Hatboro Joint Sewer Authority concerning the sewage treatment in the eastern portion of Horsham. 

In 1997, the articles of incorporation were amended so as to designate this authority to also provide water to the township. Their commitment enabled the consolidation of the former water authority. 

The Horsham Watwer and Sewer Authority Board meets on the 2nd & 4th Mon. of each month at 7:30PM at the Water and Sewer Authority offices at 617 Horsham Road.


Industry and Commercial Development Authority: 5 Year Term

The Industrial and Commercial Development Authority was established in 1977 and consists of residents appointed by Council. They are governed by the provisions of the industrial and commercial development authority laws. 

This authority exists and operates for the purpose of alleviating unemployment, maintaining employment at a high level and creating and developing business opportunities by construction, improvement, rehabilitation, revitalizing and financing of industrial, commercial, manufacturing, and research and development enterprises 

The Industrial and Commercial Development Authority meets on an as-needed basis 


Historical Advisory Committee: 5 Year Term

The Historical Commission comprises five residents who are appointed by Council. Its purpose is to advise Council in identifying and preserving historical sites, buildings, papers, documents and relics of historical significance to Horsham Township. 

The Historical Commission meets on an as-needed basis 

 


Library Board of Directors: 3 Year Term

The Library Board was established in October of 2002 to work with the Township Council to administer the affairs of the free, public, non-sectarian library under the provisions of the Library Code, the Act of June 14, 1961, P.L. 324, (24 P.S. 4401) as amended. 

The Library Board of Directors meets on an as-needed basis. 

These positions will be filled in a council meeting soon, so do not wait to apply. This is your opportunity to be a part of the solution. If you have any questions about these positions, what they entail, or how to go about applying, please email us at info@horshamdems.org. 


Nov 20 Meeting to Discuss Efforts to Address Poverty in Horsham

Thank You!

As we approach Thanksgiving, a heartfelt thank you to all who have worked with us in this past year:
We have accomplished a lot, grown as a team, and been active, effective participants in one of the most consequential mid-term elections in modern history.

Susan Glover to Keynote November 20th Meeting and Discuss Efforts to Address Poverty in Horsham

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The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul offers service to the needy and suffering in the tradition of it’s founder, Blessed Frederic Ozanam, and patron, Saint Vincent de Paul. One of the oldest and most successful charitable organizations in the world, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a Catholic lay organization of approximately 700,000 people throughout the world who volunteer to seek out and provide person-to-person aid to the poor and needy in 144 countries on five continents. An essential precept of the Society’s work is to provide help while conscientiously maintaining the confidentiality and dignity of those who are served.

In Horsham the programs offered by the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul include:
Super Saturdays/Food Pantry – Each Saturday,
members either deliver food to clients in need, or
allow them to “shop” in our donated food pantry
 Guardian Angels/Archangels – Organizes, collects
and distributes gifts and holiday items for needy
families at Christmas and throughout the year
 Project Roadmap – A networking and life-skill
educational program designed to teach clients how
to solve their personal/financial problems
 Financial Assistance – Limited funds are available
to help clients with emergency situations

Susan Glover, President of the Horsham chapter of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, will attend our meeting on this coming Tuesday night, November 20 at 7PM at the Yuong Sang Presbyterian Church at 706 Witmer Road, and discuss the needs of Horsham residents and the programs which are offered by the society to help address these needs. 

Attendees are encouraged to bring food donations for the Saint Vincent de Paul Food Pantry. 

Welcome to the 2019 Election Cycle

All politics are local, and as J.R.R Tolkien famously said, "it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay...", and so it is that I welcome you to the 2019 election cycle, where we ordinary folk now have the opportunity to work within the boundaries of our own township, even as great and terrible things may happen well above or far away.
Our objectives in this election cycle are simple:
  • to flip the Horsham Township council to a Democratic Majority, and
  • to bring additional support to our Democratic representative within the Hatboro-Horsham School Board.
A local election cycle is different from a mid-term election cycle: we must be more self-reliant, and our success or failure rests solely in our own hands. 
In this cycle, if we do not do it, it does not get done.
In order to succeed, we must prepare to succeed. 
Here are the immediate things we will do to prepare to succeed in the coming cycle:
Refresh the Elected Committee
Some members of the elected committee have indicated they do not wish to continue; some other people have communicated a desire to join. 
If you are in either of these buckets, or are interested in knowing more, please reply to this message and let us know so we can figure out how to make the necessary changes happen.
Refresh the Executive Committee
Over the past several months we have made some 'field commissions': on the fly assignments of accountability for needed activities like communications, recruiting, and events. 
In addition to these accountabilities, we now assume an important new one: campaign management.
Commitment to one of these roles means the following: 
  • regular attendance at the weekly Executive Committee meetings, which we currently hold on Sunday mornings at Peggy's house at 524 Cedar Hill Road;
  • commitment to the team that you will make sure any required work in the committed area is completed promptly, with quality and attention to detail;
  • barring unforseen circumstances, fulfilling your mandate through the entire 2019 election cycle.
If you are interested in being one of our leaders in:
  • Communications
  • Recruiting
  • Events
  • Campaign Management
or in some other area, please let us know by replying to this email. 
We will discuss assignments for the coming year at the next Executive Committee Meeting, which will be held on December 2nd at Peggy's house at 524 Cedar Hill Road.
As always, all are welcome to attend this meeting.
Gather our Candidates
If you would like to be a candidate for either Horsham Town Council, or for Hatboro-Horsham School Board, now is your time. Please inform us of your intention to run, or your desire to explore whether running would be right for you (we can help you with that....), by replying to this email or by calling me at 267 251 9479.

In Conclusion
As you can see, we have a lot going on.
To succeed in what we are now attempting, historic change within our township, good intentions are not enough.
To succeed, we need your help and active participation.
If this is something you can offer, we are ready for you now.

I look forward to seeing you soon.

Malcolm Stanley
Chair, Horsham Dems


Dangerous Case of Donald Trump this Tuesday, GOTV Starts Saturday!

How can I help this week?

  • Tuesday: Come to the Horsham Dems October Meeting, learn about the Dangerous Case of Donald Trump, and prepare for Election Day
  • Wednesday: Come to the Campaign Office at 714 Bethlehem Pike and help with postcarding and calling people who requested absentee ballots
  • Saturday and Sunday: Help us Get Out The Vote by going door to door to ensure Democratic Voters will come to the polls!

Here are the details:

The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump

Horsham Democratic Committee meetings are held at the Yuong Sang Presbyterian  Church on Witmer Road beginning at 7PM. 

Keynote speaker for the October 16th Meeting:

Howard H. Covitz Ph.D. A.B.P.P. is a contributor to the bestselling book "The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President" (Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/Dangerous-Case-Donald-Trump-Psychiatrists-ebook/dp/B07262SJDC/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1533522789&sr=1-1). 

Attendees are encouraged to bring food donations for the Saint Vincent de Paul Food Pantry.

All of our meetings are now posted on our Facebook Page. Please RSVP, like, and share them with your friends!

It's Crunch Time for Getting Out the Vote!

Starting next weekend, October 20 and 21 all the campaigns pivot from identifying supporters to getting them to actually get put and vote on Election Day, Tuesday, November 6.  This means that the number of difficult encounters will go way down and the number of people glad to see us will go way up.
Because Horsham lies in two Congressional districts, there will be two staging locations for GOTV starting October 20 and every Saturday and Sunday through Election Day and on Monday and Tuesday, November 5& 6.  
CD 1 :  105 Potters Way, North Wales. It is a private home in a development sitting on Horsham Road near Rt. 152. Pretty close to Horsham. 
CD 4 is Ambler campaign office . 714 N. Bethlehem Pike, Ambler 19002
It is important that we cover the 4th ward and precincts 2-1 and 2-3 to get folks out to vote for Scott Wallace as well as Sara and Maria, Tom wolf and Bob Casey.
You can pick up walk sheets, and get training and paired up, if you want to, on Saturday at 10, noon, 2 or 4, and on Sunday at noon, 2 or 4. 
For those that can’t go door to door, come to campaign headquarters and make GOTV phone calls.
Wednesday, October 17, from 4-7,  there will be phone banking to reach Democrats who requested absentee ballots to remind them to mail the ballots in so they can be counted.  The races for state legislature and for Congress in the 1st CD will be close, so it’s crucial that all absentee ballots get returned.  If you have an hour on Wednesday evening, come on down to campaign headquarters at 714 N. Bethlehem Pike and make some calls!

Donate to the Horsham Democratic Committee

Donations are welcome via our website at https://horshamdems.nationbuilder.com/donate. Money donated now will be used to help elect Democratic Candidates in the elections this fall, and in the Township and School Board elections in 2019. 


 

Poll Greeters Needed

On Election Day when people go their polls to vote, they may need help or have questions about where to go or who the Democratic candidates are they should vote for. To help these voters the Horsham Democratic Committee organizes Poll Greeters who welcome voters at the polling locations and make sure any questions they have are answered. 

This is where you come in: we need people to perform this important task. A polling shift can be as short as one hour, and any amount of time spent on this activity is an investment in our democracy. This is a kid-friendly activity, and young people are encouraged to participate in this role.

If you have an hour or more on Election day, and care enough about the outcome of the election to help people at the polls, please call Caryn Leifer at (609) 519-8255.

 

 


Will YOU be a Candidate for School Board or Town Council?

The 2019 Municipal and School Board elections are a little more than 14 months away. If you are thinking of running, or know someone who would be a good candidate, now is the time to come forward and begin to prepare. Campaigns will kick off shortly after the November Mid-Term election. There has never been a better time to run for office in Horsham. Will you make a difference?  


Upcoming Township Meetings 

The next Township Council Meeting is October 22nd.

The next Parks and Recreation Meeting is October 16.

The next Zoning Board meeting is tomorrow November 13.

The next Environmental Advisory Committee Meeting is Oct. 23rd.

All Township meetings are currently being held at the Library on Babylon Road. Check our Facebook Events page for times.

Political Events

MCDC Fall Dinner

Save the Date for the MCDC Annual Fall Dinner - Sunday, October 21, 2018!
Guest Speaker: Mayor Michael Bloomberg
Sheraton Valley Forge Hotel
480 North Gulph Rd
King of Prussia, PA 19406

 


Forward This Email

Do you know someone who may be interested in helping us elect Democratic candidates? Please forward this email to them, or have them visit our website at http://www.horshamdems.org/help_out to opt in to our emails and get more involved.


Susan Glover to Keynote November 20th Meeting and Discuss Efforts to Address Poverty in Horsham

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The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul offers service to the needy and suffering in the tradition of it’s founder, Blessed Frederic Ozanam, and patron, Saint Vincent de Paul. One of the oldest and most successful charitable organizations in the world, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a Catholic lay organization of approximately 700,000 people throughout the world who volunteer to seek out and provide person-to-person aid to the poor and needy in 144 countries on five continents. An essential precept of the Society’s work is to provide help while conscientiously maintaining the confidentiality and dignity of those who are served.

In Horsham the programs offered by the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul include:
Super Saturdays/Food Pantry – Each Saturday,
members either deliver food to clients in need, or
allow them to “shop” in our donated food pantry
 Guardian Angels/Archangels – Organizes, collects
and distributes gifts and holiday items for needy
families at Christmas and throughout the year
 Project Roadmap – A networking and life-skill
educational program designed to teach clients how
to solve their personal/financial problems
 Financial Assistance – Limited funds are available
to help clients with emergency situations

Susan Glover, President of the Horsham chapter of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, will attend our meeting and discuss the needs of Horsham residents and the programs which are offered by the society to help address these needs. 

Attendees are encouraged to bring food donations for the Saint Vincent de Paul Food Pantry. 

 

Schedule for HDC Executive Committee Meetings

The executive committee will be meeting through the summer every Sunday am at 8am, at Peggy Leiby's barn, which is located at 524 Cedar Hill Road. Executive Committee meetings are where we plan events, coordinate activities, and set the direction for the committee. We never have enough people to do all that needs to be done, so all are welcome to attend.

 


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