2017 Upper Perkiomen School Board Election Results

The (unofficial) count from all but one voting district (Marlborough, where they were still casting votes as of 8:50 p.m.) is in.

If these numbers hold, the following individuals won seats on the Upper Perkiomen School Board:
Melanie Cunningham
Stephen Cunningham
James Glackin
Kerry Drake
Virginia and New Jersey had good nights. Upper Perkiomen, not so much.

Vote on Tuesday, Nov 7th!

Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. in Pennsylvania on Tuesday, November 7, 2017.
Voter turnout is critical this year (as it is every year) with important statewide and local judicial positions on the ballot, as well as local races for school board and town councils and mayors. The outcome of tomorrow’s race may well determine whether a new middle school is built in the Upper Perkiomen Valley, and who runs local police forces, among other key issues.

This is one of the few times when we’ll suggest you NOT vote straight Democrat; many candidates have cross-filed in these local races, so be sure to take a look at the sample ballot handed out at the polls by the Democratic Party, and know where you stand on the issues and the candidates.

Upper Perkiomen School Board Candidates FOR the new Middle School

  • Warren
  • Pike
  • Maginnis
  • write in John Gehman

Upper Perk School Board Candidate Events

The public is invited to a “Kickoff Event” in support of John Gehman (write-in candidate), Judy Maginnis, Will Pike, and Jon Warren, on Wednesday evening, September 13, 2017. The event begins at 6 p.m. at Butter Valley Golf Course, 3243 Gehman Road, Barto, PA. Gehman, Maginnis, Pike, and Warren are running as a team in this November’s election for the Upper Perkiomen School Board; all four support the building of a new middle school in the Upper Perkiomen school district.

A “Meet the Candidates Night” sponsored by the PTFS (Parents and Teachers for Students) is scheduled for next Wednesday, September 20, 2017 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Education Center, 2229 E. Buck Road, Pennsburg, PA. This event is open to the public. All Upper Perkiomen School Board candidates have been invited to participate; Gehman, McGinnis, Pike, and Warren all plan to attend.

Fall Plans for UPDC!

The start of fall is not just when pumpkins, and pumpkin spice, becomes all to prevalent, but when the Upper Perkiomen Democratic Club (UPDC) becomes more of a public presence in the Upper Perkiomen Valley. Despite what some in our area might think, there are many democrats living and working (and voting) in the area and we need to let folks know we are here!

As we have for nearly 20 years, UPDC volunteers will be setting up a Voter Registration and Information Table on Main Street in East Greenville for Community Day. Community Day this year is on Saturday, September 9, 2017. Stop by and say hello, and pick up a balloon, or a pen, or a Hate Has No Home here sign!

All local democrats are invited to join us on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 for our first UPDC meeting of the fall at the Upper Perkiomen Public Library, 350 Main Street, Red Hill, PA (in the lower level; parking available in the back lot, as well as street parking on Main Street). The meeting begins at 7 p.m. Items on the agenda include the upcoming Halloween Parade and the November elections.

The UPDC has had an entry in the annual Upper Perkiomen Halloween Parade since 2000! Last year, instead of walking alongside our donkey, we rode on the float, and that is our plan again this year.Thousands of people line the parade route along Main Street from Red Hill to East Greenville and this is one more opportunity to make it known that the Democratic Party is still here, still fighting and standing up for what we believe, and to let local democrats know that they are not alone. And yes, we’ll also be giving away a lot of candy to the kids along the sidelines!

Judicial Primary Candidate Info

MayPrimaryBallotThe Montgomery County Democratic Party and the Area 2 Upper Perkiomen Democratic Committee have endorsed and are recommending the following candidate on the May 2017 PA Primary Ballot:

Judge of the Superior Court – Geoff Moulton and Maria McGlaughlin

Judge of the Commonwealth Court – Ellen Ceisler and Todd Eagen

Judge of Common Pleas – Wendy Rothstein and Jeff Salz


Upper Perk School Board Election!

Quite often the school board election is decided in the primary, not in November – especially since school board candidates tend to crossfile (run on both the Democratic and the Republican ticket). The Pennsylvania Primary Election this year is on Tuesday, May 16, 2017; polls are open from 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. Whether or not a new middle school should, and will, be built in the Upper Perkiomen Valley school district is the main issue in this year’s school board election.

Here is the list of candidates for Upper Perkiomen School District that will appear on the Democratic Primary ballot (listed in the order they will appear on the ballot) and their stated position on building a new middle school :

(voters may vote for 4 candidates for the 4 open seats)

  • Will Pike – FOR
  • Melanie Cunningham – AGAINST
  • Stephen Cunningham – AGAINST
  • Jessica Giuricich – FOR
  • John L Gehman – UNDECIDED (has gone back and forth on the issue)
  • Judy Maginnis – FOR
  • Kerry Drake – AGAINST
  • Jon Warren – FOR
  • Jame Glackin – AGAINST

Joan R Update on Local Activism

I (Joan) urge everyone to attend any meeting that includes a speaker from Fair Districts PA. Their volunteer speakers explain gerrymandering in very understandable ways, with appropriate detail, and then the speaker outlines what Fair Districts PA  (FDPA) is proposing. This is an issue that must be dealt with in the near future (due to the 2020 census coming up), so there IS some urgency to this, as well as importance. (There will be a meeting in Collegeville at Ursinus College, 601 E. Main Street, on Monday, April 3, 2017 at 7 p.m. Fair Districts PA speaker Dr. Mark Schafer will discuss the history of gerrymandering in PA, its impacts on various communities, and Fair District PA’s proposed plan for redistricting reform. )
Huddles are grassroots groups, that, to my knowledge, were spawned by Indivisible.com (a good website to visit!). One huddle I’ve attended is in the outskirts of Phoenixville and they (FB private group is called “Mountain Movers of Chester and Montgomery Counties”) organized a FDPA speaker to speak at a Pottstown church. This was very successful 35 people were in attendance. They are planning other events, contacting politicians etc, and they have a bus hired for the 4/29/17Climate Change and Justice march in DC. –> Call me at 215 234 9138 ASAP if you want me to find out if there are any $40 seats left – there MAY still be room.
There IS another huddle I’ve heard of but  not yet attended any mtgs or any of their events. Their FB page is also private: “Indivisible Mid-Montgomery County”. They were meeting in Schwenksville I heard, but I have no confirmation of that. (One can also put in one’s zip code at Indivisible.com and discover public groups within 5, 20, 0r 50 miles.)
Also, I have my name on the primary ballot in Upper Frederick for the “Inspector of Elections” position. A small role, but, if any of our members lives in Upper Frederick, would you please ask them to vote for me (Joan Rosiak)?
guest blogger – Joan Rosiak

County Commissioners Arkoosh and Lawrence in Upper Perk – Monday, March 20th

Montgomery County Commissioners Arkoosh and Lawrence (both Democrats) will be attending the Area 2 Upper Perk Democratic Committee Meeting this evening, Monday, March 20, 2017 at the Upper Perk Education Center,  2229 E Buck Rd, Pennsburg, PA. Democratic candidates for local and county offices will also be in attendance, and speaking briefly. There will also be discussion about upcoming events including a training events for Getting Out the Vote, outreach, poll volunteers (and those considering volunteering at the polls), social action, and more.

The doors open at 7:15 p.m. and the meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. The meeting is open to all Democrats!

DeVos Confirmation, Public Schools, and You!

If you are one of the hundreds of thousands (millions?) who called, wrote, protested, or otherwise engaged in trying to stop DeVos from becoming Secretary of Education, thank you!

While DeVos was confirmed, by the narrowest of margins, requiring a tie breaking vote from Vice President Pence, the fight for good schools in general, and great public schools in particular, is not over.

One of the most important actions you can take on behalf of public education is to pay attention and vote in your local school board elections – in the Upper Perkiomen Valley School District, 4 seats are up for election this year. Petitions to get on the ballot for the spring primary may be circulated beginning on February 14, 2017. The signed and notarized petitions are due at the courthouse in Norristown by March 7, 2017. The primary election in Pennsylvania this year is on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. Because school board candidates nearly always cross file in our area (file to be on the Democratic and the Republican ballot in the primary), the race is often decided in the primary, not in November!

If you are interested in running for the school board, or have already decided to run, please feel welcome to come to one of our Democratic Club meetings to introduce yourself. We meet on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, in the lower level of the Upper Perkiomen Library, 350 Main Street, Red Hill, PA, beginning at 7 p.m.

Looking to run for office in 2017?

There are multiple school board positions, township supervisors and borough council member seats, and mayoral offices up for election, among other local positions in 2017.

If you are a Democrat and thinking about running for local office this year, you should stop by the Area 2 Upper Perk Democratic Party meeting tonight in Pennsburg, at the home of Marjorie Frazier- 211 Seminary Street. Refreshments and conversation starts at 7:00, meeting at 7:30. The Area 2 Committee is made up of the people who can answer your questions about running for office,  help you get on the ballot in the primary, and get elected in the fall. There are multiple school board positions, township supervisors and borough council member seats, and mayoral offices up for election, among other local positions in 2017.