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Quick Takes From Lower Pottsgrove Polls

Candidates’ signs Tuesday morning outside Berean Bible Church in Sanatoga

SANATOGA PA – A reporter’s notebook of things heard and seen Tuesday (Nov. 3, 2015) inside and outside Lower Pottsgrove polls:

Not To Be Ignored. A seasoned veteran of township politics (no, we won’t reveal his name; he’d never chat with us again) claimed Montgomery County Republicans made a mistake in thinking district attorney candidate Bruce Castor had that race “sewn up here.” Castor conducted a heavy direct mail campaign locally, but the observer noted there were few lawn signs or other visible items promoting his candidacy. His Democrat opponent, Kevin Steele, was far more visible by comparison, the observer suggested. Overall, Steele was projected Tuesday night to have won. The implied message: don’t give Lower Pottsgrove voters short-shrift; they pay attention.

Setting An Example. He walked a little slowly, but his smile was as wide as the Schuylkill River. Former Pottsgrove High School Principal Dr. Richard J. Radel crossed the Berean Bible Church parking lot in Sanatoga on Tuesday morning shortly after 9, and headed inside to the township’s District 2 polling place. He was accompanied by Sanatoga Fire Company Past President Don Woodley Jr. and his wife. “Good to see you,” Radel said to a stranger, and added, “I’m here to vote!” Pottsgrove High students who are now or will be future voters, take heed. The man is decades older than you are, and still does his civic duty.

Knock-Knock. Tom Quigley, Lower Pottsgrove’s representative in the state’s 146th House District, won office in the 2014 election so his name wasn’t on this year’s ballot. It popped up Tuesday, though, in the conversation of three guys just standing around chewing political fat. When talking about “old-school politicians,” all three mentioned Quigley as a favorite. The reason? In almost every campaign Quigley stops in local neighborhoods and goes from house to house, knocking on doors and personally introducing himself.

Not Limited To The GOP. Even a chemistry professor knows old-school works. We’ve heard from several residents who were surprised to see township commissioners’ Democrat candidate Charles Nippert, chemical engineering associate professor emeritus at Widener University, show up on their doorsteps during October. Nippert lost to the incumbents, but it surely wasn’t for lack of trying to make an impression.

Heavy Traffic, Briefly. Experts uniformly agree voter turnout Tuesday was light, but for a few minutes before 9 a.m. inside the Lower Pottsgrove municipal building – the township District 4 polling place – voters were backed up, waiting for a booth to use. “Whoa, traffic jam!,” one county poll worker said with a grin. The flurry ended quickly.

Don’t Let Them Linger. Now that the contests are over, the usual post-election push will begin to rid local roadsides of political campaign signage. No matter whether they won or lost, don’t let candidates you favored off the hook. Insist they remove all their signs promptly and ensure our area communities are clean. Remember, too, those signs can be recycled! Between today (Wednesday, Nov. 4) and Nov. 12, signs can be dropped off at locations in Gilbertsville, Collegeville, Harleysville, Pennsburg and elsewhere for recycling by Montgomery County. Get the details here.

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