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2015 Candidate Forum

No Surprise: Dems Sweep Cheltenham School Board Races, Despite Some Discontent

The board of school directors of Cheltenham Township will have a distinctly different look as a result of yesterday’s election.  But it’s not that the voters opted for giving Republicans a touch on the levers of decision-making. Democrats swept the field just as they...
Posted On Nov 04 2015
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Brockington Wins Ward 7 by a Thread; Knocks Out McKeown After 20 Years

With a better than four-to-one margin in party registration for Democrats, there tends not to be a lot of hot races to grab the attention of party stalwarts in Cheltenham Township. If you’re of the dominant party, election night is apt to be satisfying, but not exactly riveting...
Posted On Nov 03 2015
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The Republican Lineup for Cheltenham School Board

There are five seats on the ballot for school board for four-year terms on election day, Tuesday, Nov. 3.  The Cheltenham Township Republican Organization is fielding a full slate based on their platform theme: it’s time to end one-party rule on the school board. Kathleen...
Posted On Nov 01 2015
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The Democrats’ Lineup for Cheltenham School Board

There are five seats on the ballot for school board for four-year terms on election day, Tuesday, Nov. 3. David Cohen is not new to public affairs in Cheltenham Township, although his candidacy for school board is his first run for public office. He is chair of the...
Posted On Nov 01 2015
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Despite Declining Another Run, Portner Won’t Want for Things to Do

Harvey Portner, the man who claims the mantle for longest-serving Democratic local commissioner in the history of Montgomery County, will be leaving his Ward 3 seat by the end of the year.  It’s been 28 years. “I enjoy doing what I’ve done, and I’ll continue to enjoy...
Posted On Aug 12 2015
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Portner Removes Himself from Nov. Ballot

Harvey Portner, a seven-term commissioner in Ward 3 who suffered an overwhelming defeat in the Democratic primary in May but got more than enough write-ins on the Republican ballot to battle for the seat in November, decided to call off the race. According to the Montgomery...
Posted On Aug 10 2015
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Portner Mulls Running as Republican, Saying ‘I’m Not Going Anywhere’

Harvey Portner, Ward 3 commissioner for the last 27-plus years, is thinking of running again in November.  Only this time, he’ll have to do it as a Republican. Portner lost a Democratic primary battle on May 19 to challenger Brad Pransky, garnering just 23 percent of the...
Posted On May 29 2015
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Democratic Regulars for Cheltenham School Board Take Primary, but With a Message

Democrats endorsed by their party running for school board won their primary election Tuesday night, overcoming competition from a non-endorsed Democrat and five cross-filed Republicans.  The two incumbents, board President Napoleon Nelson and Vice President Julie Haywood won...
Posted On May 19 2015
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Ward 5 Commissioner Candidate Thomas G. Estilow

Thomas G. Estilow, a Republican, is a resident of Cheltenham. Questions have been condensed due to space considerations. To see the the entire question click on the plus sign. A) All of the questions posed in this survey are excellent and this one is no exception. The township’s...
Posted On May 16 2015
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Ward 3 Commissioner Candidate Brad Pransky

Brad Pransky, a Democrat, lives in Elkins Park. Questions have been condensed due to space considerations. To see the the entire question click on the plus sign. A. Cheltenham has a rich history that contributes to its quality of life today. We must do our best to preserve both...
Posted On May 16 2015
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Ward 5 Commissioner Candidate Daniel Norris

Dan Norris, a Democrat, is a resident of Elkins Park. Questions have been condensed due to space considerations. To see the the entire question click on the plus sign. It is critically important that the Township Commissioners carefully balance plans for development (and the...
Posted On May 16 2015

School Board Candidate Mu’min Islam

Mu’min Islam, a Democrat, is a resident of Wyngate. Questions have been condensed due to space considerations. To see the the entire question click on the plus sign. The purpose of my candidacy is to be a voice for the thousands in our district who are not heard. I will...
Posted On May 16 2015
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School Board Candidate Jean McWilliams

Jean McWilliams, a Democrat, is a resident of Laverock. Questions have been condensed due to space considerations. To see the the entire question click on the plus sign. I have lived in Cheltenham Township for fourteen years and have actively participated as a citizen and as a...
Posted On May 16 2015
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School Board Candidate Julie Haywood

Julie Haywood, a Democrat, is from Wyncote. Questions have been condensed due to space considerations. To see the the entire question click on the plus sign. I am currently Vice President of the School Board and am running for re-election to continue providing my experience,...
Posted On May 16 2015
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School Board Candidate David Cohen

David Cohen, a Democrat, is from Elkins Park. Questions have been condensed due to space considerations. To see the the entire question click on the plus sign. I am running with the main goals of improving the School District’s communications, decision making processes, and to...
Posted On May 14 2015

School Board Candidate Joel Fishbein

Joel Fishbein, a Democrat, is from Elkins Park. Questions have been condensed due to space considerations. To see the the entire question click on the plus sign.  I felt compelled to run because, as I watched the problems confronted over the last 18 months, I wanted to provide my...
Posted On May 14 2015
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School Board Candidate Myron Goldman

Myron Goldman, a Republican also cross-filed on the Democratic ballot, is from Elkins Park. Questions have been condensed due to space considerations. To see the the entire question click on the plus sign. I will be an advocate for both the children and the taxpayers.   Warning....
Posted On May 13 2015

School Board Candidate Gary D. Colby

Gary D. Colby, a Republican also cross-filed on the Democratic ballot, is from Elkins Park. Questions have been condensed due to space considerations. To see the the entire question click on the plus sign. I seek to serve on the school board because I plan to live in the township...
Posted On May 13 2015
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Introducing Cheltenham Township Candidate Forum 2015

It’s election season. This year municipal elections take center stage, involving issues and people that are literally next door – our neighborhoods, our neighbors and our public schools. It’s about how we govern ourselves. But in politics and public policy, what’s in closest...
Posted On May 12 2015
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