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Turning the Suburbs Blue
The suburbs surrounding Philadelphia have long been regarded as a Republican stronghold. Moderate Republicanism, perhaps best personified by Sen. Arlen Specter, has ruled the day. This has begun to change as the Pennsylvania GOP has moved farther and farther to the right. Democrats have a good shot at winning the majority on the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners as more suburbanites turn away from the Republican Party.
I grew up in Montgomery County and I'm happy to see that Democrats have such a good change to win the majority. We have two great candidates: Joe Hoeffel and Ruth Damsker. You have probably heard of Joe Hoeffel. He was a congressman for six years and ran against Arlen Specter in 2004. You may not be as familiar with Ruth Damsker. From her campaign site:
For the last 7 years, Ruth Damsker has stood up for working families on the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners. She has committed herself to providing better services, maintaining a clean environment, and working for a fair tax system.
Democrats have a great shot at taking the majority, mostly because Republicans are busy fighting amongst themselves:
District Attorney Bruce Castor, running for a seat on the commission, jabbed his running mate, incumbent Commissioner Jim Matthews, for accepting the financial support of Bob Asher, a member of the Republican National Committee who was convicted in a 1986 bribery-related case and who served eight months in prison.
With Republicans in disary, we have a real shot at this seat. Check out Damsker and Hoeffel's website by clicking here.
More Democrats coming to power is good news for Philadelphia. Republicans in Harrisburg have been unwilling to work with Philly's state legislators to provide adequate funding for SEPTA, public education, and a variety of other worthy programs. The only way to change this dynamic is to send more Democrats to Harrisburg and Montgomery County will be ground zero for the 2008 elections. If Democrats can win control of the County Commissioners, they have a good shot at beating some Republicans state legislators in 2008.