Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Free community events listings

We have more than five months to go before Election Day on Nov. 6, so I have to figure out a way to keep you coming back to this site until the political season heats up again.

What I'll try to do over the coming months is post information about community events. If your church or non-profit organization is sponsoring something in the Mount Penn area, let me know about it and I'll post information on this site.

You can e-mail me at tphyrillas@gmail.com

Monday, May 21, 2007

Need some leads on GOP links

I added a new link today to a Republican office-seeker, Christ Ganas, who is running for re-election to the Exeter Township Board of Supervisors.

I'm always on the lookout for Web sites and blogs that provide information on Republicans seeking office at the local, school board or county level.

If you know of any candidates in Berks County who have information posted on the Internet, drop me an e-mail with their Web address and I'll add a "Link of Interest" from this site.

You can e-mail directly from this site by going to "View My Complette Profile" and clicking on the e-mail button.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Local Primary Election results

Here's how the races for Mount Penn Borough Council finished Tuesday.

For 4-year terms, Republicans Mark Dudash and Tony Phyrillas were nominated to run in the fall. Dudash received 117 votes. Phyrillas received 96 votes.

(On the Democratic side, Tom Staron was nominated with 115 votes and Claudia Hurwitz was nominated with 105 votes).

That means that 4 candidates will run for the 3 open seats on council in November.

Keep the experienced team in place by voting for Mark Dudash, Tony Phyrillas and Tom Staron for new terms on November 6.

For a 2-year term, Republican Jim Cocuzza ran unopposed in the primary and received 123 votes. Without an opponent, Cocuzza should return to the council after the November election.

In other races of local interest, Mount Penn resident John Fielding won the GOP nomination for Berks County Recorder of Deeds.

Antietam School Board results

For a 2-year term

Democratic Primary: Joanne Just defeated Daphyn Shurr by a 272 to 162 margin. In the Republican Primary, Joanne Just defeated Daphyn Shurr by a 199 to 132 margin. That means that Just will have no opponent in November and is a new member on the school board.

For 5 open 4-year terms on the Antietam School Board, here’s how the voting went:

In the Democratic Primary, the winners were Judith Swartz (327 votes); Julia Lee Kleiman-Baer (326 votes); Gregory Burdan (325 votes); Beverly Daniels (316 votes) and John Fielding (293 votes)

In the Republican Primary, the winners were Judith Swartz (288 votes); John Fielding (281 votes); Julia Lee Kleiman-Baer (252 votes); Gregory Burdan (238 votes) and Jerry Palamara (227 votes)

Since Daniels and Palamara failed to win the nominaton of both parties, that means that all of the candidates above will have to run again in the November election with the top 5 vote-getters winning open seats on the School Board. (Essentially it comes down to a race between Daniels and Palamara for the final spot).

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Keep the experienced team working for you

Four incumbent members of the Mount Penn Borough Council are seeking re-election in 2007. Voters have an opportunity to re-elect four hard-working, dedicated council members.

Borough finances are in the best shape they've been in years.

Borough government is efficient and responsive.

All of the members of the Borough Council work well together and have a common goal of providing the best services for borough residents.

Keep the experienced team working for you.

Vote for Jim Cocuzza for a two-year term on council. Vote for Mark Dudash, Tony Phyrillas and Tom Staron for four-year terms on council.

(Tom Staron is running on the Democratic ballot. Jim Cocuzza, Mark Dudash and Tony Phyrillas are on the Republican ballot).

Election Day is Tuesday, May 15. The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Borough Hall, 200 North 25th Street.

Saturday, May 5, 2007

Berks GOP Contested Races

Berks County Republicans will have to make some important choices when they go to the polls on Tuesday, May 15.

Two Republicans are running for one open seat on the Berks County Court of Common Pleas.

The choice is between Ronald C. Stanko and Tim Rowley. Both have cross-filed in the Democratic and Republican primaries, so it's possible that they will face each other again in the November General Election unless one of them wins both primaries on May 15.

The other big decision for GOP voters on May 15 is selecting which two candidates will represent the party in the race for Berks County Commissioner. The two top primary vote-getters in each party face off in the fall for the three open seats on the Board of Commissioners, which is currently controlled by Democrats.

The choices for Republican voters on May 15 are (in altphabetical order): Patrick Davis, Randall D. Gartner, Christian Y. Leinbach, Nelson H. Long, Mark C. Scott and John A. Ulrich. Scott is the incumbent on the board. Long is the country treasurer. The others are not holding any countywide positions at this time.

Republican voters also have to make a choice in the contested race for Berks County Recorder of Deeds. The incumbent is Ellie Antoine. She is being challenged by John Fielding of Mount Penn. The winner on May 15 will take on a Democrat in the fall.

The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15.

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Important Decisions Await Voters on May 15

Votern turnout is typically low in primary elections, but if you care about your community, your school district and your wallet, you need to vote in the 2007 Primary Election on Tuesday, May 15.

The biggest chunk of your property tax bill goes to support your local school district. The next biggest slice of the tax pie goes to support county government.

Candidates for Antietam School Board and Berks County commissioner will be on the ballot on May 15.

If you want to send a message to your local school board about property taxes, you need to vote. If you don't like the direction county government is taking, you must show up at the polls.

There are 10 candidates (4 Democrats and 6 Republicans) running for the three open seats on the Berks County Board of Commissioners. Whether you're a Democrat or Republican, you will have a choice to make on which two candidates move on to the November general election.

As for school board, it's difficult to change the current makeup of the Antietam School Board because so many incumbents are seekinge re-election, but there are a few fresh names on the ballot, You can send a message to the board about rising spending and taxes by electing new people.

You have two weeks left to find out where the candidates for school board and county commissioner stand on the issues.

The decisions you make on May 15 will have a big impact where it counts: The bottom line.

Your family's ability to pay its bills and plan for the future will depend on who you elect on May 15. If you're tired of paying high taxes, it's time to take a stand. It's time to send a message to career politicians who keep promising to cut taxes, but never deliver.