Nether Providence Board of Commissioners, Ward 7
I am running for re-election as your representative on the Nether Providence Board of Commissioners and wanted to take this opportunity to reach out and ask that you vote in the May 21 primary election.
I’ve met many of you over the years at school events, at community events, on election day, and in many other ways. But I still don’t know all of you, and some of you don’t know me. I am an environmental attorney along with holding an MBA and being a licensed civil engineer. I grew up in this area and my wife, Stephanie Walkup, and I have a daughter in seventh grade at SHMS, a daughter in fifth grade at NPE, and a son in second grade at NPE.
I was first elected to represent you in 2007, and for the last twelve years I have worked hard to ensure that your local government is responsive, fiscally responsible, and plans for a better future. For the last two years I have served as the President of the Board and previously served two years as Vice President when the Democrats were in the minority. Among our recent accomplishments, the Township purchased the old Summit School in 2016 and preserved most of the land as open space while we evaluate our options for the future recreational use of the site and apply for grants to fund those options. We are also about to undertake grant-funded upgrades to Furness Park and just applied for a similar grant to improve Sapovitz Park. In recent years, we also have installed sidewalks on Wallingford Avenue leading towards WES and Copples Lane leading to SHMS with grant funding, and we will be doing the same thing on Moore Road this summer to make it safer for children walking to and from NPE. In the next couple of years we will be continuing that trend of installing grant-funded pedestrian improvements with new walkways along West Rose Valley Road to extend the Lieper Trail up to 252 and along Possum Hollow from the Wallingford train station to 252. We have also continued to find ways to trim our future expenses and recently completed the conversion of all the roadway lighting in the Township to LEDs.
In 2018, the Democrats gained a majority on the Board and the ability to drive long-term goals. As we move the Township forward, my top goals are to continue to make our neighborhood and Township safer for pedestrians with sidewalks and traffic calming measures, to improve and expand our parks and recreation opportunities, and to focus more on maintaining our roads and other infrastructure facilities. These are all basic things, but they are important and must be done right.
I am running unopposed, but this primary is critical. Democrats should win a majority on County Council and elect a District Attorney and four judges … all for the first time in modern history this fall. Republican candidates for judge have cross-filed and will appear on the Democratic ballot, so we need engaged voters like you to show up on May 21 and vote for the real Democrats in the primary. A future of good governance and fair and equal justice is up to all of us.