In the fall of 1859, just before the Republican Convention for the campaign of 1860, Abraham Lincoln wrote to a friend and said, “I will be entirely frank. The taste is in my mouth a little…”
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of meeting many of my fellow residents of Pequea Township at the polls as we considered the future of our township.
In Abraham Lincoln’s words, I have to admit that the taste of victory and success “is in my mouth a little.”
The words of support, encouragement, and inspiration by many yesterday lifted me to new confidence. I may not have shown it at times, but I certainly felt it.
I cannot express my gratitude to you enough!
When I ran for this office one year ago, I was enamored at the support of my fellow citizens. I won the primary over my opponent with over 70% of the vote.
I never expected that kind of result.
Yes, I hoped to win… actually, I expected to win.
However, not by such a wide margin.
It was an overwhelming experience to have gained that much support from my fellow citizens.
However, yesterday we saw something new. Something that just does not happen very often.
I (along with Supervisor Cazillo) had the honor of supporting Eric Lucas for Township Supervisor.
Eric is a fantastic candidate and the results showed in the numbers (hold on just a moment…).
We had a great grassroots campaign to support him, hundreds of Eric Lucas signs were in yards all over the township, and Eric knocked on countless doors.
Many people helped in the cause. I’m not sure if they would like me to mention their names or not, so I will withhold mentioning them at this time.
Eric won the election overwhelmingly!!!
The final count (Click here to access the official elections page):
Over 90% of primary voters voted for Eric.
That is humbling, overwhelming, and amazing.
Those aren’t just my words, those were spoken by Eric himself.
Thank you, Pequea Township, for voting for Eric to help Supervisor Cazillo and I finish what we started in in January.
What Did We Start?
My message in last year’s campaign was simple…
“Help is On the Way!”
Pequea Township is full of amazing people. I have personally met many of you.
You work hard, provide for your families, and contribute to our community in many ways.
In return, all you ask for is that your local government be fair.
I wish I could say that previous Board of Supervisor’s upheld their end of the deal.
Our township had experienced a number of crushing issues as I outlined in this article titled, “Putting an End to the Chaos in Pequea Township”.
- We allowed Conestoga in late 2017 to terminate their contract with us for the Southern Regional Police. Not online did it bring with it an almost immediate $300,000 increase in expense, it helped bolster our legal expenses on top of it. (Relax, we are not getting rid of our police department – I’m highlighting how this impacted our budget and legal expenses).
- Speaking of legal expenses, according to this LNP article in April 2019, our legal expenses increased by 400% in a very short period of time. In addition to the police, some our legal expenses included:
- Suing our own Zoning Hearing Board unnecessarily and racking up approximately $35,000 in the process.
- The road crew was experiencing a hostile work environment and felt forced to unionize.
- Right to Know Requests totaled approximately $14,000 in 2018.
- A failed deer hunt which cost the township more money than it brought in, in addition to being temporarily suspended by the District Attorney’s office.
- Other issues which I cannot talk about…
To get the fuller picture, click here and read my article I mentioned above.
Since January, Supervisor Cazillo and I have worked to learn, provide leadership that has been missing and began the process of moving the township in a new direction that upholds our end of the deal for every citizen.
I’m proud of the direction we are heading in 2019!
We are making progress, but there is much more to come.
More Help is Coming!
Two weeks ago, we finally appointed a new Supervisor and I’m excited that Scott Edwards was appointed to fill the vacancy for the next 36 months. It was created when Supervisor Race resigned on March 31st.
Supervisor Edwards is a great leader, and that is exactly what our township needs.
It’s interesting how the three new Supervisors (Anthony, Scott, and myself) have strong leadership skills that are different and compliment one another. We are collaborators who use our unique skills, experiences, and backgrounds to lead the township together as a team.
While the other two Supervisors are more interested in protecting their failed record over the last three years and attempting to thwart any efforts at change, I am resolute to move us forward in 2019 as best I can.
Victory by Election
Elections are a way for voters to tell us if we are on the right track or the wrong track.
Last nights victory by Eric confirmed to me that we are on the right track.
As I mentioned, many of you spoke with me at the New Danville precinct all day long and the fact is… the numbers don’t lie (371 – 24). At the New Danville, precinct voters supported Eric with 159 votes to Keith Haun’s 12 votes.
Eric will be a great addition to your Board of Supervisors in 2020.
More help is on the way by independent, researched, and thoughtful leaders who will collaborate appropriately to make Pequea Township a beacon in Lancaster County.
If you didn’t read my article titled “A Bold Vision and 6-Point Strategy for the Future of Pequea Township,” now would be a good time to check it out.
Thank you again for all of your support!
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