September 2018 Democrats Newsletter

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Collegeville Meeting Updates:

Borough Council:
Upcoming meeting: September 5, 7pm.

August 1 Meeting Notes:  Five Borough Council members were present at the August Council meeting.  Mat McKnight and Terrie Stagliano were not present. Here's what happened:
  • Approved (5-0): July meeting minutes
  • The borough will be interviewing candidates for the administrative assistant position at the Borough.  This position is currently being filled on a temporary basis by Suzanne Robertson.
  • Approved (5-0): motion to approve advertising for website Request for Proposal.
  • Santangelo Escrow Release No. 1: Mr. Leh said the first one has been built and there is still one to go. $21,107.50 has been released and there is still $15K  (unanimous vote)
  • Approved (5-0): payment of final paving bill in the amount of $105,930.03.
  • Approved (5-0): second release in the amount of $32,674.38 to Collegeville Walk; $50K still in escrow.
  • Approved:  Ordinance No. 588 Clamer Avenue Parking Permits: the permits benefit the 5 homes on Clamer Ave that have no driveways. They will be granted 2 permits per household and 1 guest pass each. This is the first Permit Parking Ordinance in the Borough. Placards and signs have been ordered and the stickers are at the printer’s. (Motion adopted 6-0)
  • Approved (5-0): administrative reports
  • Approved (5-0): move forward with participating in a feasibility study by DVRPC to determine if Collegeville would be a good candidate for the Regional Streetlight Procurement Program.  The feasibility study will cost $5,000.
Collegeville Dems:
Upcoming meeting: September 26 @7:30

August Meeting Notes:
We discussed a number of topics at the July meeting, including:
  • Collegeville Democrats will be making $500 donations to the campaigns of Madeleine Dean, Katie Muth and Joe Webster to support them as they work toward victory in November!
  • We heard from Koh Chiba, Madeleine Dean's campaign manager, who said she's working to get candidates up and down the ticket elected so we can have a Blue Wave in 2018.
  • Cville Dems will have tables at the Colossal Yard Sale (9/8), and at Trappe Community Day (9/22).
  • Check out the Polling Places Map!
  • Prospective donations to Dem candidates
  • We will be co-hosting with Trappe Dems a Fundraiser:  Voices for Votes: A Musical GOTV Fundraiser (10/28)
Indivisible Mid-Montco
Attend their monthly meeting: the September meeting (Thursday Sept. 20, 7:00pm at Thomas Paine UU Fellowship - 3424 Ridge Pike, Collegeville) will feature Kadida Kenner from Why Courts Matter.  This is sure to be an interesting talk!

Read their latest email blast here.
Join their mailing list and receive their weekly email blast here.

MCDC & Area 4 News

PA Dems: There is an upcoming 2018 Democratic Committee meeting on September 7-8 in Harrisburg.  This is the reorganization meeting.  Interested in seeing what they'll be talking about?  Read the agenda here.

The Republican gubernatorial candidate (Wagner) plans to layoff 10% of PA teachers - and voters are showing up to hold him accountable to why he thinks this is a good idea.  Read more here.

PA Democratic Leaders: learn more about the Democrats who are currently in office here.
Area 4 Update: We are working with Coordinated Campaign this year.  This means when we go out to campaign, we are campaigning for ALL the democrats on the ballot.  We've got to turn this around!  The focus right now for us in MontCo is canvassing for and hosting fundraisers for candidates.  Also, anyone interested in signing up for an Area 4 committee, please contact Ashley Wilkerson at this email address.

MCDC Update: 
Did you know that there is a Montgomery County Young Democrats (MCYD) group?  This is a group for dems aged 18-35 who are registered to vote here in MC.  If you're interested in learning more, email MCYD at this address.  They meet monthly on the 4th Thursday of the month at the Conshohoken Brewing Company in Bridgeport.

Andrea Baptiste, Municipal Chair
(610) 733-4329

Absentee Ballots!!!

Will you or someone you know be out of town for the election?  Request an Absentee Ballot!!  Make sure your vote is counted!!

If you have a son or daughter who attends college (either in PA or in another state), PLEASE make sure that they are registered to vote, that they apply for an absentee ballot, and that they send their completed absentee ballot in ON TIME.  These ballots can be the difference between winning and losing an election!  Make sure your students are politically engaged!!! 
Their votes count!

People who may vote by absentee ballot include:

  • College students
  • People whose work or vacation takes them away from the municipality where they live
  • Those with a physical disability or Illness that prevents them from going to the polling place
  • Members of the military
  • People who may have a conflict due to the celebration of a religious holiday
Learn more about the requirements or to download an ABSENTEE BALLOT APPLICATION here
The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot for the November 6, 2018 general election is 5pm on Tuesday, October 30, 2018.

Click here to go to the application in English.
Upcoming Events
9/1: Canvass: Day of Action for Katie Muth, Pam Hacker, and Chrissy Houlahan, North & South Coventry
9/2: Canvass: Day of Action for Katie Muth, Pam Hacker, and Chrissy Houlahan, North & South Coventry
9/5, 7pm: Meeting: Collegeville Borough Council, Borough Hall
9/7-8: Meeting: PADems State Committee Reorganization Meeting, Harrisburg
9/8: Canvass: Day of Action for Katie Muth, Pam Hacker, and Chrissy Houlahan, ChesCo Zone 1
9/9: Canvass: Day of Action for Katie Muth, Pam Hacker, and Chrissy Houlahan, W. Caln
9/9: Canvass: Day of Action for Katie Muth, Pam Hacker, and Chrissy Houlahan, ChesCo Zone 1
9/9: Event: Non-Discrimination Ordinance Party, Conshohocken
9/13, 7-9pm: Area 4 Democratic Committee Meeting - at 3900 Ridge Pike, Collegeville
9/26, 7:30-9pm: Meeting: Collegeville Dems September meeting, Wismer Hall (Ursinus)
9/29, 12-4pm: Fundraiser:  Area 4 Beer Fest - at the Variety Club Camp in Worcester, PA.  Tickets available online here.
10/28, 11:30am-2pm: Fundraiser:  Voices for Votes: A Musical GOTV Fundraiser! @ S&B Event Concepts.  Save the Date!!

Event Submissions:  If you have an upcoming event that will occur in the upcoming months that is specifically related to the Dems or Democratic issues, please submit your event along with date, time, and location (and a link to any webpage or Facebook page that you have) to us at  Thanks!!

If you have an upcoming community event that you'd like to publicize locally that is not a Democrat event, please send it to the CEDC here!

Candidate Closeup: Joe Webster, running for PA State Representative, 150th District

Joe has experiences from many areas, which will serve him well as an elected official for MontCo.  He graduated from the Air Force Academy and served a full career in the Air Force, attaining the rank of colonel.  He then worked for more than seven years as a legislative liaison between the Air Force and the US Congress.  He taught an associate professor of English at the US Air Force Academy.  Joe has also worked in small businesses and at a Global 500 company.  He has a PhD in National Security Policy from George Washington University.

Joe Webster believes

  • strong public schools are paramount to a vibrant community and a strong economy.
  • healthcare should be available and affordable for all Pennsylvanians.
  • social, political, and legal equality of all citizens is not up for debate.
  • fair and open elections are key to democracy.
  • we have the people, the resources, and the means to move Pennsylvania forward.

Want to volunteer to help get Joe Webster elected?  Click here to sign up.

Turn PA Blue
Turn PA Blue (TPAB) is a small state PAC that was created in early 2017 with the goal of flipping as many PA Legislative seats as possible.  Located in Southeastern PA, TPAB recruits volunteers and resources in safe blue areas and shift to where these resources are needed while also providing as much remote support as possible for candidates in other areas of the state.

Turn PA Blue's mission is to flip the Pennsylvania State Legislature, district by district, by building an army of trained volunteers to knock doors, make phone calls, write postcards, send texts...whatever we need to do to take back Harrisburg and ensure that democracy grows at the local level. By increasing voter turnout for state candidates down ballot, we will also increase turnout by default up the ticket for Governor Wolf, Senator Casey and the PA Congressional races. 

Get In Touch

Meetings: Collegeville Dems monthly meetings, to which all Democrats are invited, are held on the last Wednesday of every month from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the faculty/staff dining room of the Wismer Center on the Ursinus College campus. 
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Political Resources:
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Democratic Party Info:
Local: Collegeville Democrats
Regional: MontCo Area 4 Democrats
County: Montgomery County Democratic Committee - MCDC
State: Pennsylvania Democrats - PADems
National: Democratic Party
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