Your Name: Mary Ellen Early-DiGregorio
Running For (and which year will the term end?): Council at Large 2 year term
Party Affiliation: Libertarian
Positions Held previously (both in and out of politics): 15 year career as an Engineering Assistant/Notary Public till 2001. 3 years as Administrative Assistant and Fundraiser for the American Lung Association and Part Time Mobile Notary for Document Services. Then 4 years with Kennedy-Kendrick Catholic High School till it Closed. From 1984 to 2006 I was a registered Democrat and Democrat Committee representative. From 1996 to 2003 a member and president of the Norristown Homeowners Association, Member of the Norristown Weed and Seed from 2001 till recently as a member to see the last fund comes into Norristown. Active Board member to Norristown Initiative from 1998 to 2003, was Elected to the Home Rule Study Commission 2003. For the last 10 years until today I volunteer my services of a Mobile Notary for the Montgomery County Hospice Assisting patients with Last Will and Testaments, Living Wills and Power of Attorneys, and Handicap form applications. I continue to keep myself informed about what issues residents care about and will continue to do so with or without the Election.
Why are you running for office: Residents need choice, it means the world to me that we have the ability to have choice.. Options...As an active member of this community I feel that Democracy in which all eligible citizens have direct and active participation in the decision making of the government. Not Government controlling the people.
What do you think are the biggest issues you would face in office? Having access to the information from Norristown government departments. Information pertaining to business, finances, planning, public works and daily operations of the town to better address constituent requests. I would let the residents guide my decision making. Many times there have been Council Representatives that have been locked out of receiving the information until the night of Council. Open and Honest Government is not happening, simple sunshine laws require 72 hours Notice/ posting on public matters.
If elected, what would you aim to accomplish? Work on ways to assure Norristown Municipality meets the simple basic needs of the residents it serves.. Residents pay for Clean and Safe Streets. Norristown Residents need to know why are we not meeting those basic needs?
What else would you like residents to know about you? I’m not a Politician… I’m only interested in serving the people of Norristown.