The three candidates who will be vying for the two Skippack Township Board of Supervisors seats on Nov. 5 are Thomas Biggar (Dem), and incumbent board members Paul Fox (Rep) and William H. Parkins, Jr. (Rep).
Thomas Biggar, Democrat
Biggar is retired after working for the Social Security Administration from 1975 to 2010.
He is currently the Chairman of the Skippack Democratic Committee. Said he is a fiscal conservative and budget issues initially prompted him to get into the race and would be the first thing he would look into if gaining a seat in office.
“I think the budgets and expenditures in the township need a little bit closer scrutiny then given by the posted budget that I’ve seen. I asked them questions about that last year and dug into it a little bit and was surprised to find out that the published budget anyway is only in rather broad categories and lacks specifics, so that is one of the things that prompted me to get into the race is a desire to see exactly what it is the tax payers’ money is going for, who it’s going to and whether they’re getting they’re getting the best use of the tax payers’ money,” Biggar remarked.
Biggar said he is also interested in pursuing better communication and more openness on the part of the supervisors to the community at large in terms of what they publish and make public. Biggar said he would, “Look into possibilities of seeing if we can work with some of the cable companies to actually make the board of supervisors meetings available to the general public on cable TV rather than forcing people to have to go to the meetings to see what’s actually going on.”
Biggar would also like to look into working with local property owners who own some older, dilapidated buildings along Rt. 113.
“These are all abandoned properties, and I’d like to see what as supervisors we can do in working with some of the owners to get something viable put into particular buildings, because they are kind of eyesores at this point. A couple of them are in pretty bad shape in terms of their current condition,” said Biggar.
Paul Fox, Republican
Fox is a director of services for the company JDA Software, and has been a supervisor for Skippack Township for the past two years and is running for reelection. Prior to being asupervisor , Fox was on the Skippack Township Park board for five years and was the chair the final year.
“I was involved in organizing the different teams in the leagues and the building some fields, and working with getting recycling brought to the park system.”
Fox is a fiscal conservative and said he is running because he enjoys being involved with politics and seeing how the township’s money is spent.
“I like living in a small town where the local politics actually make a difference and being involved with what’s going on,” he stated. “Primarily I am a fiscal conservative so I like seeing how our money is spent and making sure that our taxes at a township level aren’t increased.”
Fox said his children have always been active in local sports and his interest lies in that area of the township as well.
“One of the things I’ve always been focused on having the background from the Park board was making sure that we invest in our parks (like) maintaining our park system and open space and trails. That’s a work in progress. We’re always looking for additions to the open space (and) how we can improve the trail systems to be more inclusive of the different neighborhoods and looking at making sure the park is maintained and being used in the right way,” said Fox.
Supervisor Parkins had yet to reply to phone messages left with his office as of the time of this article’s publication.