CITY HALL SAM: Montco Dems Tee Off For A Hot Fall Election

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While City Hall is fairly quiet, many groups and organizations are having fundraisers, picnics, and making plans for action in the fall all over Southeastern Pennsylvania. Chairman of the Montgomery Co. Democratic Party CHAIR MARCEL GROEN presided over a very successful fundraising golf tournament at Talamore Country Club.

MONTGOMERY Co. Democratic Committee held a highly successful golf tournament and dinner at Talamore Country Club in Ambler on Monday. Seen from left are Walter I. Hofman, MD, Montco Coroner; former Commissioner Ruth Damsker, candidate for State Senate; State Rep. Mary Jo Daley; and Montco Democratic Chairman Marcel Groen. Photo by Bonnie Squires

MONTGOMERY Co. Democratic Committee held a highly successful golf tournament and dinner at Talamore Country Club in Ambler on Monday. Seen from left are Walter I. Hofman, MD, Montco Coroner; former Commissioner Ruth Damsker, candidate for State Senate; State Rep. Mary Jo Daley; and Montco Democratic Chairman Marcel Groen. Photo by Bonnie Squires

Among those on hand to enjoy the beautiful day of golf were majority COMMISSIONER JOSH SHAPIRO, real-estate and zoning attorney STEVE POLLOCK, former STATE SEN. BOB ROVNER and his brother HOWARD, and Democratic Senate hopeful RUTH DAMSKER. Also on hand was Montco PROTHONOTARY MARK LEVY and Hatboro Democratic leader PAT COSTELLO. The special guests were former gubernatorial candidate KATIE McGINTY and Lieutenant Governor candidate STATE SEN. MIKE STACK.

A big topic of discussion at the event was that BRUCE HANES, the Register of Wills in Montgomery Co. was named last year as one of the top mustached men in the country by the American Mustache Institute. He has this honor in addition to being known as a hero in the LGBT community for presiding over marriages even before they were “constitutionally recognized”.

But Hanes has serious competition for top mustache.

MINGLING with hundreds of excited Montco Democrats were State Sen. Daylin Leach; Lt. Governor Democratic candidate State Sen. Mike Stack; and Josh Shapiro, chairman of Montco Board of Commissioners. Photo by Bonnie Squires

MINGLING with hundreds of excited Montco Democrats were State Sen. Daylin Leach; Lt. Governor Democratic candidate State Sen. Mike Stack; and Josh Shapiro, chairman of Montco Board of Commissioners. Photo by Bonnie Squires

Among those challenging him presently are LARRY KAISER, the CEO of the Temple Health System; PETER MARKS, who is a well-known labor attorney; and Local 22 Firefighter union VICE PRESIDENT TIM McSHEA. Hanes will have to look over his shoulder in Southeastern Pennsylvania as the competition increases.

McShea and the other leaders of the firefighters union, including Local 22 PRESIDENT JOE SCHULLE and JACK ELTMAN, are standing up for firefighters once again. They are in the process of having legislation introduced in Harrisburg which confirms paramedics are firefighters. City Council has already passed a law to say that paramedics are firefighters and the Commonwealth Court ruled in 2012 that Philadelphia paramedics are firefighters for purposes of state legislation.

The great GEORGE HAIG passed away and was laid to rest at St. Christopher’s Church. George served on the election board for the 58th Ward, 44th Division for countless elections. He was a smiling face with a gentleman’s demeanor who greeted every voter and neighbor with kindness and a smile. George is survived by a great family, including his beautiful wife NANCY. Among those paying respects were former JUDGE FAYE STACK, TEESA NARDI, CAROL POGGIO, EILEEN MIRSCH, BAIL COMMISSIONER PAT STACK and former STATE REP. GEORGE KENNEY.

Former City CONTROLLER JONATHAN SAIDEL recently lost his beautiful mother MILDRED. She was laid to rest in a private family ceremony.

Happy news from the other end of town is that COUNCILMAN KENYATTA JOHNSON and his lovely wife DAWN CHAVOUS are expecting a baby. A charming young couple with much to contribute.

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