Max Cooper

Nether Providence Board of Commissioners, Ward 1

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This fall I’m running to be your representative on the Nether Providence Board of Commissioners. I’m writing to introduce myself and ask that you vote in the May 21 primary election.

I’ve met many of you at town meetings, at community events, and while knocking on doors. But I haven’t yet met all of you, and many of you don’t yet know me. I’m a US Navy veteran and an emergency physician at Crozer Chester Medical Center. My wife, Nicole, and I have lived in southeastern Pennsylvania for 11 years, moving here for graduate school in 2008, and marrying in Media in 2013. After a 3 year absence, while serving my country in Virginia and Afghanistan, we moved here to Nether Providence. We quickly developed a strong bond with our neighbors and community. It’s this communal bond that’s motivating me to run for commissioner.

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My life has always been driven by service to others. From my youth, fixing trails as an Eagle Scout and working ambulances as an EMT, to my time working as a physician in Rwanda, Sierra Leone, and war-torn Afghanistan, I have found no calling to be higher than public service. With this attitude, I joined the local Democratic committee and began working on electing Democrats at the state and federal level who want to improve the way government serves the people in Nether Providence Township. When we learned that the current commissioner was not going to seek another term, several people encouraged me to apply my energy and professional experience to the Board of Commissioners.

The Democrats have held the majority on the Board since January of 2018. If I am successful in this race and we expand our majority, we will have the ability to drive long-term goals. Chief among my priorities is improving our infrastructure, with a focus on roads, sidewalks, and parks. I further hope to use my professional expertise to support our first responders and emergency services and enhance the Township’s ability to respond to natural disasters like the extreme weather events that have adversely affected the First Ward in the past.

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In the coming months, you’ll see me and my growing family (we’re expecting our first child on primary day) out in the community, knocking on doors, and talking about our long term vision for Nether Providence. I look forward to the opportunity to meet all of you and hear your thoughts about and aspirations for our town.