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Dean Talks About Stepping Down

State Rep. and Abington Commissioner Madeleine Dean said she will leave her post as Commissioner for Ward 7; she will address the issue at tonight's board of commissioners meeting

 

One of the newer members of the Abington Board of Commissioners is stepping down later this month.

Abington Commissioner and State Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-153, announced last week in a letter that she is stepping down as commissioner of Ward 7 as of Aug. 15. Dean, in an interview yesterday, said that she sent the letter to each of her constituents, and also notified all of the members of the Abington Board of Commissioners in person.

The reason for Dean stepping down? Too many titles.

An excerpt from the Aug. 1 letter to her constituents:

“From the beginning, I was enthusiastic about the opportunity to serve you on dual levels, both as township commissioner and state representative.  In fact, working with your day-to-day concerns and opinions informed my legislative work in Harrisburg.  Nevertheless, I’ve found that this duality has an unworkable drawback, namely that I can’t be physically present, as required, in both Abington and Harrisburg when important commissioner and legislative sessions are scheduled at the same time.  To date, I have been able to attend meetings on both levels, but going forward I see conflicts arising and my absence at either would not be fair to you.”

“No two days in Harrisburg are the same,” Dean said yesterday, “but the letter reflects why I’m stepping down. I have some really good committee assignments, and I will have more and more meetings in the future, and I didn’t in any way want to short-change the residents of Ward 7.”

Dean, when she announced her intention to step down, only served as commissioner of Ward 7 for about seven months; she was after she defeated Republican Matthew Willis in the November election. She took 65 percent of the vote.

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Dean spoke about her role as State Representative at the May board of commissioners meeting.

“I had the really great honor and privilege [May 8] to be sworn in as your newest state representative,” Dean said. “And so, I wanted to just tell you that my heart is very full. I find it to be an extraordinary honor to be serving Abington and Upper Dublin. I want to thank my colleagues here on the board, across the aisle …”

House leadership assigned Dean to the finance, human services and urban affairs committees, and she volunteered to be on the select committee on property tax.

“I’m really enjoying my time [as State Rep.],” she said. “I’m learning a lot and I’m thrilled to still be connected to Ward 7.”

But as of Aug. 15, she will be a little less connected — and the board will likely be down another Democrat. Including Dean, there are six Democrats on the board; there were seven until Ward 6 Commissioner Les Benzak recently stepped down. The board appointed Republican Stephen Kalinoski as his replacement.

Scrolling past the comments section of previous stories, it seems that some residents were happy to have Dean represent them in Harrisburg; others seemed bothered by the possibility of Dean leaving Ward 7 constituents with a commissioner for whom the majority did not vote.

On the possibility of losing another Democrat, Dean said, “I’m hoping we don’t. The ward voted overwhelmingly for a Democrat, and I’m hoping that [the board] finds a qualified Democrat to fill that role.”

And part of the reason Dean’s resignation isn’t effective Thursday (at the Board of Commissioners meeting) is that she said she wanted to give the board ample time to find her successor.

In her letter to Ward 7 residents, she wrote:

“I have expressed my wishes to the board that they conduct this appointment procedure in a transparent manner – and that they consider the concerns and desires of the residents of Ward 7 in the process.”

While Dean said the board did "nothing wrong" when it appointed Kalinoski as Benzak's successor, she said the board has the "opportunity to do better," referring to the process.

Dean will address the issue of her resignation at the Abington Board of Commissioners meeting tonight at 8 p.m.

Roman Gabriel August 09, 2012 at 11:45 AM
Good riddance ! She is a two faced liar and maybe the biggest political opportunist Abington has ever seen. See-ya dirtbag. Thanks for wasting a lot of peoples money on your ward #7 election. You should do very well in Harrisburg with all the other slime-balls just like like yourself
Joe August 09, 2012 at 12:28 PM
It's about time, but why now?? She's managed to hold two postions for 3 1/2 months. The Board has had that time to pick a new sucessor. Maybe the deals haven't been made yet???
Marc Lombardi August 09, 2012 at 01:37 PM
QUOTE On the possibility of losing another Democrat, Dean said, “I’m hoping we don’t. The ward voted overwhelmingly for a Democrat, and I’m hoping that [the board] finds a qualified Democrat to fill that role.” And part of the reason Dean’s resignation isn’t effective Thursday (at the Board of Commissioners meeting) is that she said she wanted to give the board ample time to find her successor. In her letter to Ward 7 residents, she wrote: “I have expressed my wishes to the board that they conduct this appointment procedure in a transparent manner – and that they consider the concerns and desires of the residents of Ward 7 in the process.” While Dean said the board did "nothing wrong" when it appointed Kalinoski as Benzak's successor, she said the board has the "opportunity to do better," referring to the process. UNQUOTE They wont. They only way the Republicans can gain any seats on the board nowadays is attrition. They'll use this as a way to throw another Republican on the board until the constituents get a chance to vote them out when the election rolls around. A 65-35 split says something, but I guarantee you they'll ignore it in order to score politcal points for their own party. That's not exactly governing in the best interests of the people, but it's what I've come to expect in regards to Abington politics. Others feel the same way, too.
Mallison Schwartz August 09, 2012 at 01:39 PM
To quote a famous gangster " you can put a pig in a tuxedo, but its still a pig". that is Madeline Dean.
Brian D. Bigelow August 09, 2012 at 01:51 PM
I was hoping that someday Harrisburg would DRAIN THE SWAMP. I guess not.
Paul Mamolou August 09, 2012 at 02:06 PM
FIRST OFF: Roman Gabriel was he biggest mistake the Eagles ever made!! As for his and the other comments on this story: they show the level of ignorance not now prevalent on the right. Conservatives have no concept of how badly out of touch with reality they are, so they can only resort to name calling and vague generalities. How was Ms. Dean "wasting a lot of peoples money" on her ward #7 election? Seems like the residents disagree since they OVERWHELMINGLY voted for her for State Rep. Roman Gabriel is correct on one point: Madeleine Dean IS DOING "very well in Harrisburg" for 153!!!
John Monaghan August 09, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Mr. Mamolou, crudity and levels of ignorance are certainly present on both ends of the political spectrum. Conservatives are no more "out of touch with reality" than liberals.....this conservative certainly doesn't have to resort to "name calling and vague generalities." The Democrats knew that they ran the risk of losing a seat on the Board of Commissioners if they nominated a sitting commissioner for the Special Election. Now the bill has come due. It is probable that GOP commissioners will vote for the GOP nominee and Democratic commissioners will vote for their nominee. End of story. Also, I think that the biggest mistake the Eagles ever made was a tie between hiring Jerry Williams and Rich Kotite as head coaches !!!
Elsa Stutman August 09, 2012 at 05:06 PM
You seem to be the disgusting one/. Civility has never been taught to you?
Paul Mamolou August 09, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Hey John Monaghan, You might be right but, judging from comments on PATCH, the conservatives seem to like to display their "crudity and levels of ignorance". Please correct me if I am wrong, but I have not seen "name calling and vague generalities" in PATCH comments from from the left unless they are in response to a previous post (not excusing that...) I am not a big contributor to this forum, but I felt the level of discussion on this article demanded a reply. So, if you will agree with me, that calling someone a "pig" is inappropriate in civil discussion, I'll agree that hiring Jerry Williams and Rich Kotite as head coaches were worse decisions then picking up Roman Gabriel to lead the birds to a 5-8-1 season ;-)
John Monaghan August 09, 2012 at 11:28 PM
Paul, I think that Beary Bearington was using an analogy...he might have chosen a better one. Roman Gabriel was definitely out of bounds. I know Madeleine and she is a lady in every sense of the word. The anonymity of the web sometimes can bring out the worst in people, especially those who hide behind pseudonyms. I'm glad that we can agree to disagree on the issues and still remain civil to each other in our dialogue.
Italian tetley squirrel August 10, 2012 at 02:28 AM
Excuse me Mr. Gabriel and Dr. Bigelow& Beary, Wow, is this really about a ward commissioner's seat? Your vitriol is an obvious sign that either your video game controls are broken or your new "girlfriend" that you met on-line, broke up with you.
concerned August 10, 2012 at 02:59 AM
Nick Mattiaci should have won the election.
Paul Mamolou August 10, 2012 at 03:25 AM
By what logic? I guess if the Republican Voter Suppression effort could have eliminated 20% of eligible Democratic voters....
Fran Earley August 13, 2012 at 08:15 PM
AS Carol Glisippi says: It's Politics The R's don't care about the people just the power

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