The Pennsylvania Primary Election is 3 weeks from tomorrow — Tuesday, May 17, 2011. As I previously announced on April 11, I will provide all the candidates resumes on Community Matters. I hope that by providing in-depth information on local candidates will encourage increased voter turnout for the Pennsylvania Primary Election. Historically, voter turnout in Tredyffrin Township has been low for the Primary Election, (particularly in a non-presidential year) — here’s hoping that trend will change on May 17.
Currently serving School Board members Karen Cruickshank, Jim Bruce and Pete Motel are seeking re-election. Two of the current school board members, Debbie Bookstaber and Kevin Mahoney have decided not to see re-election.
The School Board candidates for the Primary Election are listed below. (Click on candidates names to read their resumes). It is my understanding that all school board candidates have cross-filed as both Republican and Democratic candidates. Easttown candidate Craig Lewis was contacted and invited to supply his resume but he failed to respond. If Mr. Lewis would like to have his resume included with the other candidate resumes, I would be happy to add it.
Tredyffrin-Easttown School Board Candidates:
- Region 1: James Bruce (R) **
- Region 1: Tara G. LaFiura (R)
- Region 1: Karen Cruickshank (D) **
- Region 1: Jerry Henige (D)
- Region 2: Kristine Graham (R)
- Region 2: Elizabeth Mercogliano (R)
- Region 2: Scott Dorsey (D)
- Region 2: Jenny Wessels (D)
- Easttown, Region 3: Peter Motel (R) **
- Easttown, Region 3: Craig Lewis (D) No Response from Candidate
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Just looking at Region 2, I see that Jenny Wessels is a well-credentialed and experienced labor lawyer as well as a PTO President – could be a good fit given the single most important issue that will be facing the new Board. Another interesting affiliation: Kristine Graham is a veteran teacher, including the last 25 years in Radnor.