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Official Newsletter of the

Collegeville Democrats

April 2021

Candidate's Corner
2021 Democratic Ticket Collegeville, PA

For the main landing page of each candidate's website,
click on the image or the text link.
This month: Candidates tell us why Collegeville Matters to them!
Aidsand Wright-Riggins
Mayoral Candidate
Collegeville matters to me personally because for the last 30 years, this borough been my happy place to come home to.   My experience is that Collegeville matters because every person who lives, works, worships, studies, or plays here is perceived to be a person of infinite worth and value. 

Read more about Aidsand here.
Catherine Kernen
Borough Council Candidate
Collegeville matters to me because it is where I live, work, and volunteer.  It matters that our town is safe, well maintained, and provides us with the services that we need for our families.  It matters that in Collegeville we have a clean environment and access to nature through our parks and trails.  And it always matters that in general, everyone is treated with respect and dignity. 

Read more about Cathy here.
Gary Hoffmann
Borough Council Candidate
Collegeville matters to me because I want my daughter to grow up in community whose residents show mutual respect for one another and turn away from ignorance and prejudice. And it is one where we as leaders listen to our residents and bring the community together.  

Read more about Gary here.
Marion McKinney
Borough Council Candidate

Collegeville matters to me because it has been my home for 23 years. It's the perfect place to raise a family and serve the growing community.

Read more about Marion here.

Dean Miller
Borough Council Candidate
Collegeville matters to me because...
I live here. But more importantly, many different kinds of people live here, and I want it to continue to be home to many kinds of people who live and work together.

Read more about Dean here.
Tell us why Collegeville Matters to YOU!!

Message from

Collegeville Democrats

In 2017, we came together and changed the political history of the Borough!  We elected four Democrats to Borough Council and a Democratic Mayor!  The three remaining Council seats were flipped to “Blue” in 2019!

During this election cycle, we have to protect our seats and our community's progress toward being more livable and welcoming.

In the past four years our team of elected Democrats have been fiscally responsible stewards of taxpayer money, maximizing Borough revenue and maintaining steady tax rates; they have provided full access to residents for Council meetings via Zoom during the pandemic and have provided a monthly newsletter for Borough residents; they have been responsive to residents' concerns and advice; they support our first responders and our local businesses and have worked in concert with Ursinus College to revitalize our business districts.

This year Mayor Aidsand-Wright-Riggins, Borough Council President Cathy Kernen, Borough Council President Pro Tempore Gary Hoffmann, and Councilwoman Marion McKinney are up for-re-election.  And Dean Miller is seeking election for the fourth seat that will be vacated by Shannon Spencer.

Collegeville Democrats is dedicated to making 2021 the year for another Democratic victory in the Borough of Collegeville.  But to do this, we will need funding and "boots on the ground" to reach out to voters who might not always vote in local elections. Our team has developed a strong fundraising plan, door knocking is ongoing and we are confident that we have laid the groundwork for another successful Council campaign.

The only way we can ensure victory in November is to get our voters out to the polls! While the voter registration and Democratic turnout numbers in Collegeville look good for keeping these four Borough Council seats in Democratic hands for the next four years, your donations will help us reach out to voters to keep turnout high.

In the year 2021, please consider donating $20.21 to help us pay for this year’s election efforts. To streamline our online donation process, we are now using ActBlue to accept donations.

Alternatively, you can mail a donation check to:
Friends of Collegeville Democrats
178 Stine Drive
Collegeville, PA 19426
Again, on behalf of our Team, thank you

Please vote.

The Primary Election is Tuesday May 18.  
Our Commonwealth needs your support!

Donate Now to Collegeville Democrats

Ballot Questions

The Primary Election will be your ONLY opportunity to vote on these 
They will not be on the ballot in November.

The primary election is the ONLY time you will have the opportunity to vote on these ballot measures. They will NOT be on the ballot in November.  Make sure you exercise your right to participate in how our government is run!!

The first three questions are proposed AMENDMENTS to the PA Constitution.

Watch this video to learn more about Ballot questions 1 and 2.
Click on the links below to read about each ballot question on Ballotpedia.

Ballot Question 1:  "Proposed Constitutional Amendment 1: Termination or Extension of Disaster Emergency Declarations"
Empowers the legislature to extend or terminate a emergency declaration by resolution. This is a Republican initiative to REMOVE power from the governor.
Collegeville Democrats recommends a NO vote on this.

Ballot Question 2:  "Proposed Constitutional Amendment 2 Disaster Emergency Declaration and Management"
Addresses the governor's emergency powers, including requiring legislative approval to continue beyond 21 days. This is a Republican initiative to REMOVE power from the governor.
Collegeville Democrats recommends a NO vote on this.

Ballot Question 3:  "Proposed Constitutional Amendment 3: Prohibition Against Denial or Abridgement of Equality of Rights because of Race or Ethnicity"
Prohibits denial or abridgement of rights on account of an individual's race or ethnicity
Collegeville Democrats recommends a YES vote on this.

Ballot Question 4:  "Statewide Referendum - Act 2020-91 Making Municipal Fire and Emergency Medical Services Companies Eligible for Loans"
Allows volunteer fire companies (like ours in Collegeville) to take out loans to upgrade their equipment, purchase vehicles, and more.
Collegeville Democrats recommends a YES vote on this.
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Judge
Judge Maria McLaughlin

Superior Court
Judge Timika Lane

Commonwealth Court (vote for two)
Judge Lori A. Dumas
Judge David Lee Spurgeon

Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas
Judge A. Nicole Philips

Montgomery County Magisterial District Judge, District 38-1-20
Judge Cathleen Kelly Rebar

Perkiomen Valley School District (vote for all four)
(please note, the vote count included all of the votes cast by Area 15 as well, so these endorsements are for the entire school district, not just Area 4):
Tammy Campli
Michelle Keating-Sibel
Edward (EJ) MaGuire
Michelle Smith

Perkiomen Valley School Board Directors

Dr. Tammy Campli
My family is a 3rd generation PV family with my three children attending Evergreen and East. I also started my career as a teacher for PV. Currently I am a school psychologist and hold a doctorate in educational leadership. My passion is education and supporting students through equitable opportunities.
Edward McGuire
I've lived in and around Perkiomen Valley for 15 years. My wife, a PV graduate, and I are excited to set roots here with our two young children. With 15 years experience in investment technology, I will champion data driven decisions and bring an innovative focus to the School Board. 
Michelle Smith
As a parent of two sons in the Perkiomen Valley School District, a school volunteer, an Executive Solutions Manager and a community member, I believe the future of our community depends on our ability to bring excellence with equity to all students.
Dr. Michelle Keating-Sibel
I’ve lived in the Perkiomen Valley School District for 14 years with my family.  I work locally as a nurse practitioner caring for vulnerable patients.  I am confident that my experiences as a parent, resident, healthcare provider and educator will be beneficial to the role of School Board Director. 

Learn more or ask questions on their Facebook page.

Absentee & Mail-in Voting Deadlines

Monday May 3 @ 5PM: last day to register to vote in the May 2021 primary election
We strongly recommend that you do this right away because of the slow service at the USPS.

Tuesday May 11: last day to apply for a mail-in or civilian absentee ballot

Tuesday May 18 @ 8PM: All civilian "voted" ballots must be returned to the County Board of Elections Office. Please note that postmarks do not apply.  They must have your ballot in hand by that date.

Important dates for the 2021 Primary Election can be found on the VotesPA website here.

Polling locations: we'll let you know where to vote as it gets closer to Primary Election Day

State & Federal
Elected Officials

for Collegeville, PA

Click on the photos to navigate to each elected official's website.

Pennsylvania State Representatives:


Click on the images below to see how you can volunteer to help get Democrats elected THIS year.
You can also email MCDC: info@mcdems
Or call for more information: 610-272-2000


Collegeville Democrats' monthly meeting
Last Wed of each month, 7:30-9pm online (for now)

  • November (TBA)
Borough Council Meeting:
1st Wednesday of every month at 7pm on Zoom (during the pandemic)


Last Day to Register to vote in May 2021 Primary:
Monday, May 3, 2021

Absentee Ballot Application Deadline:
Tuesday May 11, 2021 at 5pm

Absentee Ballots Due at Voter Services:
Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 8pm

Election Day:
Tuesday, May 18, 2021, 7am-8pm

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