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Local Group Looking for Residents to Run for Office

Citizens for a Better Norristown is holding a reception at the Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library on Feb. 4.

Norristown Patch received the following release from Citizens for a Better Norristown:

Citizens for a Better Norristown (CBN) is holding a reception to encourage local citizens to get involved in the local political process or consider running for local government office. The reception is being held on Monday, Feb. 4, at 6 p.m. in the Community Room at the Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library, 1001 Powell Street.

There are several local offices up for election this year. Norristown has two at-large council seats and certain district council seats up for election. The Norristown Area School Board has four seats up for election and other offices will be contested. East and West Norriton Townships have Supervisor/Commissioner and additional offices being contested in 2013.

"CBN is committed to any initiative which helps improve the quality of life for our community," said CBN member Ernie Hadrick. "Good government and a quality education system are pillars of any community," he added. "We simply would like to see the best qualified individuals running our local governments and school board. We understand that many of the best qualified people are busy with their jobs, family, church, and other activities. Many of them simply haven’t given much thought to getting involved in the political process." 

We are hopeful that by heightening awareness more good people will consider running for office or otherwise get involved in the political process. 

A number of former elected officials will be present to discuss the responsibilities of elected offices and the impact that the elected office can have on the community. The former/current elected officials who will present include:

  • Tony Darden, former president of Norristown’s municipal council;
  • Karen Shanoski, former member of the NASD school board;
  • John Zurzola, East Norriton supervisor;
  • Brian Kennedy, West Norriton commissioner; and
  • Helen M.C. Jones, Norristown judge of elections.

Montgomery County Voter Services Department staff will provide a presentation regarding the local offices being contested and how resident can get involved in that process. Candidates may begin circulating petitions on Feb. 19 and the petitions are due on March 12. CBN is also committed to providing assistance to qualified individuals who would seriously consider running for office.

CBN is a non-partisan local organization whose members are committed to improving the standard of living for the Greater Norristown Area.

For more information please contact CBN at CBN_VOTE@ymail.com or 484-614-0983.

Bhrenda Drakeford January 28, 2013 at 12:48 PM
I am willing to step up to the plate. I will contact CBN today.
Kevin Dyson January 29, 2013 at 08:45 PM
It is unfortunate that the last 2 - 3 elections ended up as bruising, hyper-partisan political theater that dissuaded so many interested local politicians from considering running. Seriously, who wants the "other" political party digging through their backgrounds or attacking family members or looking into candidates pay packages? No thanks. Its no different than State or Federal elections anymore....if you run, plan on everyone knowing everything about your past, your family's history and reducing that rhetoric to one liners in mailers. This flies in the face of our goals as leaders of talking about what we need to deal with in the real world.
Bhrenda Drakeford February 04, 2013 at 12:23 PM
@Mr. Dyson. I have nothing to hide in my personal background. Any questions the public has about me I will tell up front to their faces. Who the hell cares what people drum up about your past and your families past. Im not from Norristown anyway. I just moved here this past August. You will stay were you are at if you worry about what others say about you. As long as you know its not true why worry about it. Thats ridiculous!!!!
ernie hadrick February 04, 2013 at 02:49 PM
Too much time was spent last year with folks in this country on the attack. Let's come together, regardless of political affiliation, and work for the good of our 3 greater Norristown communities. I know there are folks with integrity on the sidelines, they need to just get in the 'game'. See you tonight at the Library 6:00pm for a pre-game show!!!
jxjipper April 23, 2013 at 02:43 AM
Come together? If there is an "R" behind your name you can never get elected in the Borough of Norristown so how do you suggest we come together. All become registered Democrats and follow the same political philosophy that has bankrupted every other similarly populated city in the state of Pennsylvania. The problem is that this population wants NO Diversity of thought, word or deed. Just read from the script that gets handed out from the White House.

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