Candidates for the General Election on November 7, 2023 

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Horsham Township Council Candidates

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Samantha Slaff

Sam Slaff grew up in NJ and relocated to Horsham Township following completion of her graduate studies in Philadelphia, PA. She has a soft spot for dogs and has volunteered with dog rescues for many years. An avid fitness enthusiast, Sam has been a part of Crossfit Generation in Horsham for more than 10 years. She has an 8 year old son who attends Hatboro-Horsham public school and throughout his life has been a fan of many of Horsham Townships parks and activities. Sam wants to get involved as a leader in Horsham Township Council to ensure representation for all Horsham residents, preservation and expansion of the townships parks and public works, and fostering a community that attracts and retains residents. Sam and Ellen will be leaders Horsham can rely on to maintain and improve our great community.



Ellen Zschunke

Ellen Zschunke is a lifetime resident of Horsham and graduate of Hatboro-Horsham High School. For the past 18 years, she has worked in a neighboring school district, first as a classroom teacher in Kindergarten and First Grade and for the past 12 years as the School Library Media Specialist.  Ellen has served as an education leader during Strategic Planning, on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, and as a co-president of her teacher’s association. Within the Horsham community, Ellen has been a diving coach for the past 22 years for multiple teams in the area including Hideaway Swim Club, Hatboro-Horsham Aquatic Association, and Hatboro-Horsham High School. Ellen has also served as a youth soccer coach for Horsham Soccer Association and as a local Girl Scout Leader for 7 years. Ellen is passionate about connecting community members with resources and solutions with a focus on the environment, preserving open space, and literacy initiatives. Ellen believes she and Samantha Slaff can bring a needed fresh perspective to Horsham Township Council with a focus on the future. Ellen works tirelessly to get results.


Hatboro-Horsham School Board Candidates

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David Brown

David Brown has been a resident of Horsham for over 20 years and is the proud parent of two HH Alumni. He has worked as a Human Resources professional for a nonprofit organization for the past 32 years. David has served as Vice President (2 Years) and President (2 Years) of the Hatboro-Horsham School Board. He also volunteers as an umpire for Horsham Little League and at the NCAA collegiate level. David is also a judge for HS Marching Band competitions. David is proud of all that the school board has achieved in his first term and looks forward to continuing to serve the Hatboro-Horsham community as a school board director.


Theresa Brown

Theresa Brown has been a resident of Horsham for 44 years, and her son and daughter are proud Hatters graduates. She has 42 years of experience as an educator, 36 years within public school and 6 years at independent/private institutions as an administrator. Throughout her years in the education system Theresa has held many leadership positions including responsibilities for staff development, curriculum committees, President of the Department of Pupil Services, and selection committees for superintendent, principals, teachers, and support staff. Theresa is seeking re-election to the School Board to continue the momentum they’ve accomplished on increasing students’ skills in academics, supporting our educators and their professional growth, and mindfulness of fiscal responsibility and maintaining minimal tax increases.


Susan Hunsinger-Hoff

Susan Hunsinger-Hoff has been a Hatboro-Horsham resident for 41 years. She has 3 children that were raised in the district and were active in many of the community sports. Susan is a retired educator with 44 years of teaching experience in public and independent schools, and 11 overlapping years as a higher education professor for teachers and reading specialists.  She currently serves as the Vice President of the Charitable Giving for the Woman’s Club of Suburban Philadelphia which focuses on serving children in Montgomery and Bucks Counties by supporting their education, emotional, and physical needs. As the current Chair of the Curriculum Committee, and a member of Professional Development, Safe Schools, and Policy Committees on the School Board, Susan is seeking re-election because she believes that HHSD needs honest, dedicated, and hard-working School Directors who have the time, energy, and expertise to tackle the issues important to education in our district.


Denise (D.J.) Schultz

DJ Schultz has been a Hatboro resident for over 20 years and she and her husband, Hatboro Mayor Tim Schultz, have raised their 5 HHHS alumni in the district. She owns a small business providing photography, graphic design, and creative solutions. DJ is an active community volunteer serving as a member of the Hatboro 2040 Comprehensive Plan steering committee, Greater Hatboro Chamber of Commerce, and the Co-Founder and Foundation Director for H.A.T. Packs, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that addresses local childhood food insecurity. DJ serves as the Policy Committee Chairperson and as a member of the Facilities Committee, Eastern Center Liaison-Alternate, Montgomery County School District Legislative Committee, and the Wellness Committee. She is seeking re-election to the School Board to continue the amazing gains this team has accomplished on keeping teaching and learning expectations high, pursuing educational equity, improving student safety, and maintaining transparency within the district.



State Candidates

PA Supreme Court


Daniel McCaffrey (Endorsed Candidate)

Judge McCaffery is a proud military veteran. At the age of 18 he joined the United States Army where he served on active duty with the First Cavalry Division. He was one of a few select soldiers chosen from the military to attend the prestigious United States Military Academy at West Point Prep School. Judge McCaffery is currently the only military veteran serving on the Pennsylvania Appellate Courts. After receiving an honorable discharge from the Army, Judge McCaffery attended Temple University and Temple University Law School on a veteran’s scholarship.

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PA Superior Court


Timika Lane (Endorsed Candidate)

Judge Timika Lane is running for Superior Court, having spent the last decade as a judge in the Court of Common Pleas.  Judge Lane was rated “Highly Recommended” by the Pennsylvania Bar Association in 2019, and “Recommended” in 2021, with no explanation from the Association on the change.  Judge Lane is a former public defender, a well-respected jurist in the Criminal Division of the Court of Common Pleas, and would be only the second black woman elected to the Superior Court.

Read more about Timika Lane here.


Jill Beck (Endorsed Candidate)

Jill Beck has dedicated her career to ensuring that all Pennsylvanians have access to justice. She now hopes to serve on the Pennsylvania Superior Court to continue her tireless fight for fairness in our judicial system. Jill has the experience, integrity, and dedication needed to exceptionally serve the public on one of the Commonwealth’s top courts.

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Jack Panella (Candidate for Retention)

Judge Panella was appointed to the Northampton County Bench in October 1991. In 1993, he was elected to a full ten-year term commencing January 1, 1994. During his tenure as a trial judge, in recognition of the success of the Commonwealth Partners Program, which he chaired, Judge Panella received the President’s Award from the Conference of State Trial Judges in 2002. Judge Panella was elected to the Superior Court of Pennsylvania in November 2003, and was sworn into office as an appellate judge on January 9, 2004. He was retained in 2013 to another ten-year term. In 2004, Judge Panella was appointed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to the Commission for Justice Initiatives in Pennsylvania, a committee organized to coordinate and recommend judicial outreach and specialized court programs. He was the Chair of the Public Education and Community Outreach Committee.

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PA Commonwealth Court



County Candidates

County Commissioner

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Jamila Winder

In 2023, Jamila H. Winder was appointed by the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas to the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners to fill out the term of newly nominated Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Val Arkoosh. On February 2, 2023, she was unanimously elected as Vice Chair of the Board of the Commissioners.

Read more about Commssioner Winder here.

Neil Makhija - Indian American Impact  

Neil Makhija

Neil Makhija is a Pennsylvania-based attorney who currently serves as Executive Director of IMPACT, the nation’s leading South Asian civic organization, and as a Lecturer in election law at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School. Under Neil’s leadership, Impact has grown exponentially, helping elect dozens of diverse, historic candidates across the country.

Read more about Neil Makhija here.

County Judge of the Court of the Common Pleas (Endorsed Candidate)


Dan Ronca

I was born and raised and have lived and worked in Montgomery County nearly all of my life. I can think of no better way to serve my community than to apply my 36 years of experience on its behalf. A Judge of the Court of Common Pleas must be prepared to handle a wide range of cases. I will be prepared to do that from day one. I have had extensive trial experience as a criminal prosecutor, as a civil litigation attorney, and as a family lawyer. I routinely serve as an arbitrator, mediator, and parenting coordinator in family law matters. I have been honored to receive the highest recommendation from the Montgomery Bar Association and to be unanimously endorsed by the Montgomery County Democratic Committee. When combined with my experience as a husband, as a father of three children, and as an involved member of this community, I believe that I have the experience and qualities necessary to serve the people of Montgomery County in this most important office.

Read more about Dan Ronca here.

County Register of Wills 


Tina Lawson

I am an attorney, lifelong Democrat and candidate for the Register of Wills and Clerk of Orphans' Court. 

I have approximately 30 years of legal experience. My practice specialty is Wills and Estates which means I know every aspect of the Register of Wills and Orphans' Court. I also have extensive litigation experience having argued and won landmark cases on all levels in Pennsylvania courts and in all of the surrounding counties. As a former Solicitor and tax attorney, I am prepared to take on the role of Clerk of Orphans' Court by continuing to assure the timely collection of Inheritance taxes.

Read more about Tina Lawson here.


County Offices - MCDC Endorsed Candidates


Clerk of Courts

Election Profile: Abington Commissioner Lori Schreiber | Abington, PA Patch  

Lori Schreiber

Lori was first elected as a Township Commissioner in 2005. At that time the board of commissioners in Abington was overwhelmingly Republican and she ran against a 24-year Republican incumbent to win the seat. Lori was deeply concerned about transparency in our local government, so after taking office Lori was one of the commissioners who pushed for televising Abington Township's Commissioners' meetings. In addition, Lori fought for a township non- discrimination ordinance to help ensure equality for all in our community. The ordinance finally  passed in 2012 after a highly publicized battle she won.

Read more about Lori Schreiber here.



Karen Sanchez, Controller | Montgomery County, PA - Official Website  

Karen Sanchez

Controller Karen Sanchez began her four-year term in January 2016 after a resounding victory in her first bid for public office.  She is honored to be selected by the people and eager to serve as the County’s financial watchdog.  

Ms. Sanchez is an experienced business lawyer with a Master of Business Administration degree and practices as a partner at the law firm of Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP.
  She is well trained to identify and scrutinize complicated financial issues and work toward finding practical solutions in accordance with law. In her experience spanning more than a decade of serving clients, Ms. Sanchez has mastered the skill of explaining and summarizing complex financial transactions in plain language.

Read more about Karen Sanchez here.



Dr Janine Darby MD – For Montgomery County Coroner  

Dr. Janine Darby

I am a Lower Providence Township resident, a Board-Certified Obesity and Family Physician, and a small business owner with a practice focused on preventative medicine. I am also the wife of my college sweetheart, Chád, and the mother of four incredible children (Chadé, Ty, Dion, and Avani). I grew up in the Washington, D.C., area and graduated from Carnegie Mellon University before moving here to attend Temple University School of Medicine over 20 years ago. 

Read more about Dr. Janine Darby here.


District Attorney


Kevin Steele

Kevin Steele has served as the District Attorney of Montgomery County since 2016. During his tenure, the DA’s team has been smart about addressing crime, guns and reforming our system of justice. Kevin has been steadfast in taking a balanced approach of holding violent criminals accountable while giving deserving non-violent offenders a second chance through diversionary programs and treatment courts.

Read more about Kevin Steele here.



Noah Marlier - Hamburg Rubin  

Noah Marlier

I grew up right here in Montgomery County, attending Jenkintown Public Schools from kindergarten through senior year. My parents instilled in me progressive values: a dedication to service of others who may be less fortunate than I and an appreciation for diversity of life experiences.

Read more about Noah Marlier here.


Recorder of Deeds

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Jeanne Sorg

Jeanne Sorg was elected Montgomery County Recorder of Deeds in November 2015 and assumed office in January 2016.

Sorg is originally from Minnesota and holds a dual Bachelor’s degree in English and Mathematics from Macalester College in St. Paul. She is the daughter of the first permanent female miner on the “Iron Range,” who was also the first female mayor of the small taconite mining town of Babbitt, located in Northern Minnesota. 

Read more about Jeanne Sorg here.




Sean Kilkenny

Sean P. Kilkenny was elected in 2015 and re-elected in 2019 as the Sheriff of Montgomery County, the third largest county in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with over 850,000 residents. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office ‘MCSO” has over one hundred sworn Deputies and two dozen administrative staff members. The MCSO’s core responsibilities are courthouse security, prisoner transport, and personal service of criminal warrants and legal documents.  In addition to these core responsibilities, the MCSO has robust bomb disposal and canine units.  

Read more about Sheriff Kilkenny here.



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Jason Salus

As the elected Treasurer of Montgomery County, Jason Salus has built a strong, proven record of independence, leadership, innovation and public service.

A businessman with a degree in finance from Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from Temple University, he has brought private-sector financial acumen to the office of Treasurer, identifying new sources of revenue to help balance the county budget, making smart investments and reducing his own department’s budget.

Read more about Jason Salus here.


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