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Abington Dems ‘Sign Up’ for a Party

The Abington-Rockledge Democratic Committee holds a hybrid petition signing/food drive.

The Abington-Rockledge Democratic Committee held a candidate petition signing party Tuesday night at the Brownstone Building at Sunrise of Abington.

The event was designed for the Democrats to get their guys on the primary ballot. 

“This is kind of what we’ve been doing for the last three years,” ARDC Chairman Michael Barbiero said. “On the first night of petition signing, we’ve been having this party to sort of jump start the campaign.”

A candidate for township commissioner or school board needs 10 signatures to be on the primary ballot. Tuesday was the first day in a three-week period in which prospective candidates may gather signatures to be placed on the ballot — the deadline is March 12, according to Barbiero.

And this year is rather important for the Democrats — and the Republicans — as nine of the 15 township board of commissioners seats will be up for vote in November.

“It’s crazy that nine seats are open,” he said. “We had two [commissioners leave] and they had two leave. There are a lot of open seats, and obviously, people here are pretty enthused.”

According to the ARDC, there are over 20,000 registered Democratic voters in Abington and Rockledge.

Many of the Democrats who attended the event last night brought food to be donated to the Abington Food Cupboard at Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church on Parkview Avenue. Barbiero said the ARDC usually holds a food drive in the spring and the summer, but added that the cupboard was in dire need of food now.  

If you couldn’t make it out to the event, the food cupboard is always taking donations. For more information, call 215-885-2234.

Michael L. Barbiero, esq. February 20, 2013 at 12:22 PM
Need to add a thank you to the Abington Rockledge Democratic community, with over 200 people showing their support for our great slate of candidates and the food cupboard with so many donations! Last night was a huge success all the way around, so thank you!
Patricia Conroy February 20, 2013 at 07:39 PM
Thanks to everyone at ARDC who worked so hard to host such an enjoyable, energized, successful event. It was a great opportunity to see old friends that I hadn't seen in years and to touch base with current ARDC members.
Cadillac Man February 21, 2013 at 12:18 PM
Don't be pointing fingers Tommy! Lol!!!

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