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Horsham Republican Party Endorses Local Candidates

The Horsham Republican Party Committee unanimously endorsed its slate of Hatboro-Horsham School Board and Horsham Township Council candidates during its March 18 meeting.

For Hatboro-Horsham School Board, newcomer Joe Wade is vying for long-time school board member Thomas Hagan’s seat. A Horsham Township resident since 1991, Mr. Wade said he looks forward to helping to keep the school district as “fantastic” as it is now.

Marge Lotter is running for a second term on the school board. The wonderful Hatboro-Horsham School
District is the reason her family moved to Horsham Township, Mrs. Lotter said. “It’s the best school district – not in the state – in the world.

Newly appointed school board member Bob Gockley, of Hatboro, said his family currently has two students in attendance at Crooked Billet Elementary School. Mr. Gockley said Hatboro-Horsham schools are run “exceptionally well” with a “good, solid curriculum” and he’d like to continue those positive efforts.

Mark Opalisky, who is running for his third term on the school board, has served as board president and vice president, chaired several committees and led many projects, contract negotiations, as well as the Hallowell Elementary School building project.

The committee endorsed incumbents Mark McCouch and Gregory Nesbitt for what will be their fourth terms on the Horsham Township Council.

In his time on council, Mr. McCouch said he’s seen a lot of changes and said more changes are on the horizon with the redevelopment of Willow Grove air base. “We need to maintain good fiscal responsibility.” Keeping Republican control of municipal government is key to continued progress. “At the last election you guys really set the bar high,” McCouch said. “The results were outstanding.”

Mr. Nesbitt said he envisions the next four to eight years as a “really pivotal time for Horsham Township” and urged the Party “to be really proactive.” Growing and maintaining the township’s expansive parks system is Mr. Nesbitt’s crowning achievement. “It’s really become a powerful marketing tool,” he said. “(The township) is looking at ways to better market ourselves.”

The committee also lent its support to Horsham resident Chris Weinrich in his bid for Constable. Mr. Weinrich, who was appointed to the position last October, remains active in the community, particularly with the Horsham Chiefs Advisory Team, as well as with Fire Marshal George Fida.

Horsham Republican Party Chairman Anthony Spangler also announced the committee’s support for Horsham Township Councilman Bill Whiteside’s bid for Prothonotary. “We all know that’s a Horsham seat,” Mr. Spangler said, referring to the 23 years that former HRP Chairman Bill Donnelly served as Prothonotary. “We have to bring that back.” Mr. Whiteside said he has already participated in several events with Montgomery County and anticipates a “pretty intense schedule.”

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