Shapiro, Richards Win Election to Board of Commissioners

Castor, Brown concede in Blue Bell; uncertainty over whether Castor will resume commish seat in January

The Montgomery County Board of Commissioners is headed for Democratic control.

Incumbent commissioner Bruce Castor, Jr. and his running mate Jenny Brown conceded the election shortly after 11 p.m. Tuesday to Democrats Josh Shapiro and Leslie Richards, who are now Commissioners-elect.

"Obviously, I'm disappointed," said Brown at the Montgomery County Republican Committee's election night party in Blue Bell. She expressed gratitude for the work done by the people who supported the Republican campaign.

Brown said she will continue to serve as Lower Merion Commissioner, where she has two years left on her term.

"I'm looking forward to getting back to my law practice," Brown said.

Castor, who led all candidates in votes in his 2007 election to the Board of Commissioners, was re-elected to the board as the minority member.

Despite finishing first in the 2007 election for the office, Castor is widely regarded as having been frozen out of county policy-making by the unofficial alliance of his fellow commissioners, Republican Jim Matthews—his one time running mate—and Democrat Joe Hoeffel. As the minority member of a Democrat-controlled Board of Commissioners, his position in that regard would seem unlikely to improve.

There was some doubt as to whether Castor would, in fact, be willing to return to his seat.

"That's a good question," Brown-Castor campaign spokesman Stephen O'Toole said late Tuesday when asked if Castor would continue as a commissioner in January. O'Toole said the county Republican Party would review the situation in the coming days.

"I'm hoping I'll finish fourth," Castor told the Philadelphia Inquirer, "but I'm afraid it will be third."

It was. Castor finished with 77,114 votes, more than 1,600 ahead of Brown.

Good night for Dems

The Shapiro-Richards victory capped a generally successful night for the Democratic Party in the county.

Democrats also won both seats up for grabs on the county's Court of Common Pleas, as Cheryl Austin and Richard Haaz defeated Republicans Dan Clifford and Maureen Coggins.

Incumbent Clerk of Courts Ann Thornberg Weiss held off a challenge by Lansdale-based attorney Moon Ahn, and Walter Hofman appeared to have very narrowly won re-election as county coroner over Republican challenger Gordon Clement.

Democrats also won the races for Prothonotary with William E. Donnelly losing out to Democrat Mark Levy; Recorder of Wills, with D. Bruce Hanes over Patricia A. Mosesso; and Treasurer, with Jason E. Salus topping Chuck Wilson.

County Republicans could claim some significant victories. Challenger Stewart Greenleaf, Jr., unseated sitting county controller Diane Morgan. Morgan was perhaps best known for filing a lawsuit against the sitting Board of Commissioners that alleged she was being denied the resources necessary to execute the duties of the office.

Sheriff Eileen Behr won her first election to the job after being appointed to the post by Governor Tom Corbett last spring to complete the term of deceased former Sheriff John Durante.

Nancy Becker held onto her job as the county's Recorder of Deeds, fending off a challenge by Democrat Linda Hee.

District Attorney Risa Ferman, a Republican, won another term in a race in which she was unopposed.

Scott Johnson November 10, 2011 at 03:18 AM
http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov/volcanowatch/2007/07_02_15.html http://www.skepticalscience.com/volcanoes-and-global-warming-intermediate.htm http://scienceblogs.com/illconsidered/2006/02/volcanos-emit-more-co2.php A huge volcano can spill a lot of CO2 into the year, but the total amount of CO2 released by volcanos per year has been dwarfed by the amount produced by people in a year. I can point out other studies and groups that can show you data on that topic. Again, I'm interested not in whether global warming is good or bad. only that people quote facts that are actually colberated by real research and data. Claims that are icorrect or not referenced don't help either side of the argument.
Ruthiness November 10, 2011 at 04:11 AM
@Scott Johnson http://washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/op-eds/2011/09/new-climate-science-vindicates-global-warming-skeptics September - 2011pretty recent FACTS - it's the SUN STUPID! CO2 is good for plants - why do you hate plants so much Scott Johnson?
Michael Curtis Sr November 10, 2011 at 05:25 AM
I trust Shapiro and Richards as far as I can toss a Semi Truck.
Ruthiness November 10, 2011 at 05:28 AM
One more good link for those who wish to know the truth to follow - why the global warming agenda is just plain evil: http://nikiraapana.blogspot.com/2011/02/who-in-world-wants-un-local-agenda-21.html The emerging world governance system is not communist, although communists played a major role in setting things up. The new global system is called communitarianism. Unlike communism, communitarianism is a balance between individual and collective rights. Under a communitarian system, individuals get their "rights" from the Community. The new Sustainable Community replaces God and any other higher authority in existence. All nations have to bow before the Community, be it the Global Community, the Regional Community or the actual neighborhood Community. Communitarian Community Law is supreme at every level. This plan for controlling the global economy included an entirely new bureaucracy that replaces legitimate local governments. Every federal agency in the United States changed their mission statements to promote sustainable development, before anyone in the USA had heard the term. New agencies were established with names like Department of Neighborhoods, Community & Economic Development, Strategic Planning Office, Community Policing Services and Office of Sustainability. Strict new land use regulations were passed. Entire older neighborhoods were torn down and replaced with new sustainable "model" neighborhoods. Read much much more at the link above
Ruthiness November 10, 2011 at 05:32 AM
Oh and @Scott Johnson who said "I don't really want to get involved in a global warming argument in a local government thread, " - the global governance elitists have taken it to the local level so it is ALL ABOUT the local level of government and if people don't wake up and get involved and find out who is in charge of their local government - they will soon find out what a big mistake that is... We must take back our country starting at the LOCAL LEVEL. That is what George Soros is doing - and Van Jones - they are doing the bottom up, inside out thing and that means infiltrating even the smallest local governments with an army of communitarian robots who think they are doing good things and instead they are enslaving the world.
Ruthiness November 10, 2011 at 05:34 AM
Totally agree Michael - citizens need to start attending the commissioner's meetings and watch their every move - don't leave it to the press - although the Patch has been doing an excellent job of keeping an eye on things in an objective way
Scott Johnson November 10, 2011 at 05:36 AM
Obviously we all have trouble since we have to link to internet sources, but you should never get your info from the the Opinion section of a newspaper that doesn't even link to the science article. However I found the article which was in Nature. http://www.nature.com/news/2011/110824/full/news.2011.504.html http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v476/n7361/full/nature10343.html "Early results seem to indicate that cosmic rays do cause a change. The high-energy protons seemed to enhance the production of nanometre-sized particles from the gaseous atmosphere by more than a factor of ten. But, Kirkby adds, those particles are far too small to serve as seeds for clouds. "At the moment, it actually says nothing about a possible cosmic-ray effect on clouds and climate, but it's a very important first step," he says." Sooo that article doesn't really say what the Opinion article says it says....Not surprising. As for your claim about sea levels... Lets do a bit of reading on this topic. http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-08-nasa-satellites-pothole-road-higher.html "While most years have recorded a rise in global sea level, the recent drop of nearly a quarter of an inch, or half a centimeter, is attributable to the switch from El Niño to La Niña conditions in the Pacific. The insets show sea level changes in the Pacific Ocean caused by the recent El Niño and La Niña (see http://sealevel.jpl.nasa.gov/science/elninopdo for more information on these images)."
Scott Johnson November 10, 2011 at 05:48 AM
Honestly, I am enjoying this conversation, but if your going to just toss around grand conspiracies instead of actual studies and scientific evidence then it's not really worth either of our time, I mean I can just start rattling off the "conservative" villains that I could get if I actually watched any cable news (I don't have any TV stations) It's just a distraction away from looking at and analyzing the data we have in front of us. So like I said, if you don't want to actually read the evidence I present then we should just stop wasting each others time. And let people get back to saying how far they can trust a politician by how far they can toss them. Good night, I'm always up for a good discussion though. We should all be interested in other points of view and try and respect them. Democrats and Republicans, Liberals and conservatives we are all (most likely) Americans.
Bob Guzzardi November 10, 2011 at 11:36 AM
We have a Democratic Majority in Lower Merion. Many of us attend meetings or watch on TV. The Majority does what it wants and, after this election, will be emboldened.
PAposter November 10, 2011 at 01:50 PM
Boy, oh boy...some people sure are sore losers...well, I guess if you're a loser you have good reason to be miserable.
PAposter November 10, 2011 at 01:51 PM
Wonderful (Truthiness)
PAposter November 10, 2011 at 01:53 PM
I'm very disappointed by Morgans loss...I'm more disappointed that local Unions supported Greenleaf.
PAposter November 10, 2011 at 01:57 PM
Unbelievable reaction from the long time dominant party...the trend makes sense to anyone who is paying attention. I am very pleased with the results in Montgomery County...I worked hard for these candidates.
PAposter November 10, 2011 at 01:58 PM
I agree, Marc.
Mike Shortall Sr November 10, 2011 at 03:31 PM
Actually Morgan killed ANY chance she had when she claimed she could cover the deficits and mounting debt ($435 million currently) by finding and cutting "fraud, waste, and abuse". Sorry, dear, but that ain't gonna cut it nearly enough! And of course the unions, that supported Shapiro-Richards, owe a lot to Greenleaf, Sr. Kind of a tough lesson to learn about what unions are REALLY after (i.e. power and influence, not member interests) when it comes back and bites you on the hindparts, eh?
Mike Shortall Sr November 10, 2011 at 03:34 PM
Some ground was made up locally for the GOP for sure. Just very thankful Horsham (my actual residence, yet I have a Hatboro zip) hangs in solid Republican. We'll keep the current management philosophy - which is excellent - and the same approach to developing the airbase property!
Mike Shortall Sr November 10, 2011 at 03:51 PM
You can count me among the angry GOP committee people. No one expected us to win in Democrat bastions like Abington; but in my frequent travels through that township I NEVER SAW ANY Republican presence there ... ever. Amazing how such a crucial, state-wide-proclaimed political test as this one was so meagerly met by the County GOP. Understanding how difficult fund-raising was with so many apoplectic over the Matthews betrayal and constant (and just) bickering. You can see my views of the debacle here: http://crankymanslawn.com/2011/11/09/a-heaping-bag-of-disappointment/
Mike Shortall Sr November 10, 2011 at 03:58 PM
@ Scott ... Actually Castor said that late on election night after they had conceded and not before the election
Mike Shortall Sr November 10, 2011 at 04:05 PM
Good one, Ronnie.
Mike Shortall Sr November 10, 2011 at 04:06 PM
It's just anger. It too shall pass. Never heard of anyone who actually left, even after Obama was elected!
Mike Shortall Sr November 10, 2011 at 04:10 PM
Definitely true about the row office candidates being left to their own devices. Many good candidates went down with the ship.
Victor B. Krievins November 10, 2011 at 04:22 PM
Rather than "blame" the Democrats for running a better campaign and winning, does anyone in the MCRC remember the last time there was a Voter Registration Drive by the Republicans? I doubt it. Those that complain need to be part of the solution and not part of the problem. There was just a general house cleaning at State College which was not popular with many. Perhaps a similar "cleaning" is much needed at MCRC it it plans to survive. Sometimes one must face reality and the truth even if the truth is sometimes painful.
Ronald Reagan November 10, 2011 at 04:26 PM
MONTCODELPHIA. Can't wait for them to raise my property taxes so they can install metal detectors in the high school. Am i the only one who is concerned about the direction of our once proud neighborhoods? i just found a house for sale in rydal for 120K.
Ronald Reagan November 10, 2011 at 04:28 PM
You could run atilla the hun as a democrat vs. george washington as a republican and it would be a landslide. Maybe Josh should put some of the $100 cash a day "volunteers" on his payroll and pay some taxes on that money.
Marc Lombardi November 10, 2011 at 05:56 PM
Sadly, it seems that "angry" and "bickering" is all that the GOP can be counted on lately...whether it's their contrarian acts that are stopping everything that's being presented by Democrats on the national level or their very own leadership on a local level. It seems that if you want someone to argue and scream and yell, vote GOP, but if you want something done vote Democrat. Let the fireworks begin. :-)
Marc Lombardi November 10, 2011 at 05:57 PM
Even Rush Limbaugh threatened to move a few times, but he's still here unfortunately.
Ruthiness November 10, 2011 at 07:03 PM
@Marc - my leaving is a promise - not a threat - leaving the entire STATE but not the country. I will enjoy from a distance, watching the government self-destruct with these two Dems in charge of the county. Buckle your seat belts everyone - gonna be a rough ride. And.. typical liberal - you don't like opposing voices so you seek to silence them or "make them go away". Tyrants like Stalin and Hitler had that same attitude... I choose to vote with my feet and leave a state which is going toward all out state control of the people - and I say that with a Republican governor and Republican controlled state legislature - so try and put me in a left vs right box now!
Marc Lombardi November 10, 2011 at 07:35 PM
Ruthiness: Where the heck am I trying to stifle your speech? I'm not making you do anything. You and your ilk (not Republicans, but the over-reactionary political diehards from BOTH sides who seem to think in nothing but extremes) goes into Chicken Little mode every time an election doesn't go your way. I've been voting since the day I turned 18 back in 1991, and I've never threatened to run away from somewhere because of one single election. Do what you want, say what you want. Doesn't mean I have to agree with you. Enjoy Kentucky...or Texas...or whatever state you're escaping to. And comparing me to Hitler & Stalin? I feel great about that! Some of those Tea Partiers compared Obama to Hitler, too. I'm moving up in the world.
Ruthiness November 10, 2011 at 08:33 PM
@Marc - the most extreme people are the ones who wish to control all of us - our everyday lives in the most minute ways - because this tiny group believes that we are causing our planet to get too warm. That is pretty extreme. In fact, it's a CULT. The green movement is identical to the Crusades and WILL lead again to the DARK AGES if people don't wake up. And Obama? He's more like Chairman Mao - the most murderous "social justice" tyrant on this planet
Marc Lombardi November 10, 2011 at 08:51 PM
Ruthiness: Do you believe in aliens?


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