Two vying for single supervisor seat in Lower Providence

LOWER PROVIDENCE ­­— Republican Rick Brown, the current Supervisors’ Chairman, is not seeking reelection to a sixth term as supervisor, leaving one supervisor’s seat open in the Nov. 5 election.

“This is my 28th year as a supervisor,” said Brown. “In the last century I served 18 years, from 1982 to 1999.”

Brown said he was not seeking another six-year term because he had served long enough.

“Twenty eight years is enough,” he said. “It is time for new people to become involved.”

Democrat Jim Donahue, 60, has lived in Lower Providence for 37 years. Donahue is a retired steamfitter who was a member of Steamfitters Local 420 in Philadelphia. He worked for more than 30 years for several Philadelphia contractors.

Donahue has served on the Lower Providence Municipal Board for the past year. He has served as the secretary for the Lower Providence Concerned Citizens Association for the past year. He has been a member of the Mayo Association of Philadelphia for six years.

“I’m in favor of building the YMCA at the golf course on Egypt Road,” Donahue said. “My opponent is for keeping the golf course untouched. More people are served by a YMCA than are served by a golf course.”

Donahue, a resident of Arcola Road since 1986, is opposed to the construction of the middle interceptor sewer line on the Lower Providence side of the Perkiomen Creek. “It would devastate the archeological treasures on the Lower Providence side,” he said.

Donahue wants to ease traffic issues in the township.

“I want a four-way stop sign at Eagleville and Pinetown roads,” he said. “We also need some police supervision at Ridge Pike going across the Collegeville bridge. That would help to reduce incidents of road rage.”

Donahue held a first annual Democratic picnic fundraiser on Aug. 18 at the Local 380 picnic grounds on Ridge Pike.

Voters can contact Donahue with e-mail at jimdonahuelpsupervisor@gmail.com.

Donahue said he wants to preserve Hoy Park and protect both “the township’s natural resources and financial resources.”

“I want to give a voice to the everyday citizen of Lower Providence,” he said. “I would encourage people to get involved with local politics and have their voice heard.”

Republican Patrick Duffy, 36, has lived in Lower Providence for his entire life. Duffy is an attorney for Stewart, Bernstiel Rebar & Smith in Whitpain.

Duffy is serving as secretary for the Audubon Recreation Association. a board member of the Education Foundation for the Methacton Community and a secretary of the Santoro Foundation. He is an active member of Visitation BVM Church in West Norriton.

“My main goal would be to revitalize the businesses on Trooper Road and Ridge Pike,” Duffy said. “We need to target businesses and bring them to Lower Providence. The Internet has fundamentally changed how we live and shop. People are not buying in retail stores but they are buying online. We need businesses that are impervious to that business climate.”

Duffy said he wants to preserve open space in the township and expand those green spaces.

“I’m in favor of working with the YMCA and bringing them into the township. I currently go to the YMCA in Ambler,” he said. “I am not in favor of the Shannondell location for the YMCA.”

“I want to increase the business presence in the township, maintain the open space we have and move the township forward,” he said. “We’re fortunate that we don’t have a lot of huge issues.”

Duffy held a fundraiser at Homewood Suites on Sept. 12. The location for another fundraiser on Oct. 18 has not been determined yet. “I’ve been a lifelong resident of the township. We thoroughly enjoy Lower Providence,” he said. “I want to make sure Lower Providence remains a wonderful community.”

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