Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Election Day in Collingswood was about more than just tallying the results.
At mid-afternoon on Election Day, resident Tim O'Neill paced in the Scottish Rite parking lot with a sign supporting Ian Wachstein. He'd been there since 7 a.m., he said. O'Neill was chatting with retired truck driver Skip Brockner, who announced his candidacy as a write-in choice via YouTube only two days ago. Brockner, who said he was presenting himself as a late option to broaden the field, had adorned his car with fliers advertising his last-minute bid. "I wouldn't say I've got all the answers, I don't think anybody does," Brockner said. But he pointed out that there are seniors in town struggling to live on a fixed income, and the cost of living is on the rise. At the Collingswood Manor, 90-year-old Louis Petrillo, a Monmouth County …
'We've been through the worst that any town can go through, and yet we're still here,' Collingswood Mayor James Maley told supporters on election night.
It was a long road to Tuesday's night's victory in the borough commissioner's election for Collingswood Mayor James Maley and his incumbent running mates, Joan Leonard and Mike Hall. “We've really sold the Edsel this time, because these last four years can't get harder,” Collingswood Mayor James Maley told supporters Tuesday night, referring to the economic recession that plagued the nation, and affected the borough's bond rating in 2011. “We've been through the worst that any town can go through, and yet we're still here,” he said. The incumbents in the borough commission race ran as "Team Collingswood." At their campaign headquarters, a vacant storefront along Haddon Avenue, a mix of friends, family, borough employees and passersby …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The results are in for the Collingswood commissioner elections. Here's who won.
The votes have been tallied for the 2013 Collingswood commissioners election, and the winners are incumbents James Maley, Mike Hall and Joan Leonard. The vote totals are: Joan Leonard: 1,467 James Maley: 1,339 Mike Hall: 1,229 Hugh McGuire: 1,088 Ian Wachstein: 1,028 James Woods: 715 The vote tally is unofficial until the county certifies the results, a process that normally takes several days. Hear from the candidates as they learned the results: 'Team Collingswood' Sweeps as Challengers' Bids Fall Short Want to read our chat transcript of the polling results? Click here. Keep the conversation going—like Collingswood Patch on Facebook to get your community news in your feed.
Collingswood Patch editors and readers chatted about borough issues, the election and the candidates as election results came in. Read the transcript here.
Update: The chat is over, but you can replay the transcript by clicking on the play icon above. Months of campaigning culminates May 14 when Collingswood voters go to the polls on Election Day. Collingswood Patch will provide live results of the voting returns—join us for a real-time chat starting at 7:30 p.m. on May 14. We'll talk about the campaign, what you want to see the winners focus on in Collingswood, how you feel about the borough's direction and much more. When polls close at 8 p.m., we'll begin reporting on the results as they come in. Enter your email in the box, above, to get a reminder about the chat. See you May 14 at 7:30 p.m.!
On the day before the borough commissioners election, residents participating in the campaigns offered their thoughts.
Collingswood residents were readying themselves for a busy Tuesday in the borough, with the 2013 commissioners elections on the minds of a few residents campaigning along Haddon Avenue. We asked people for their impressions of the 2013 election season in the borough and for their predictions for Wednesday morning. Don't forget to vote at your normal polling place until 8 p.m. tonight. Join Collingswood Patch editors for live coverage of the results. For more on this election season, visit Collingswood Patch's special election page.
Monday, May 13, 2013
Make sure you're informed and ready to cast your ballot for Collingswood commissioner on Tuesday.
Collingswood’s Board of Commissioners election is fast approaching—make sure you’re educated about who’s running and how to cast your vote. All three seats on the board are open and carry four-year terms in this nonpartisan election. Three incumbents and three challengers are vying for the seats. Here’s everything you need to know: Candidates Get the know the six candidates better, hear what they’d focus on as commissioner and learn why they’re running: Election Day Polls are open Tuesday, May 14, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. You must already have registered to vote to participate in the election. See our voting guide for information on where to vote and how to get immediate help on Election Day if you encounter problems. Get Live Results Join …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The Collingswood commissioner candidates tackled that question at the April 30 debate. Read their answers and give us your take.
“Would you ever be in favor of merging Collingswood with another municipality if it meant lowering taxes significantly?” That question met with some incredulousness from Collingswood’s commissioner candidates when it was posed to them at the April 30 debate. But is it in Collingswood’s future? The question came during a discussion about saving money through shared services. Collingswood has several shared services agreements for work such as fire service, trash collection, energy services and code inspectors. Borough officials spearheaded a seven-town shared service pact to explore more avenues and create additional agreements. Eventually, there could be a limit to the money saved on shared services. So, would candidates be prepared to …
Ahead of the May 14 election, a two-hour debate revealed the different ideas Collingswood's commissioner candidates have for running the borough.
The Collingswood candidate debate largely came down to one question: Have the current commissioners set the borough on the right course, earning them new terms to continue that work, or does Collingswood need “new blood” among its elected officials to correct past actions? The April 30 debate—which featured some minor sniping among opponents—showcased the division among the candidates on a slew of issues, from taxes and revenues to supporting Collingswood business growth and even backyard chickens and liquor sales. Candidates’ answers gave voters a glimpse into the next four years. Will Collingswood stay on its current path, as represented by incumbent slate of James Maley, Joan Leonard and Mike Hall? They promoted their accomplishments …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Collingswood Patch will run a chat in real-time during the debate. Can't make the debate in person? Follow it with us online and chat about the candidates, Collingswood issues and more.
Update: The chat transcript is available by clicking replay above. For coverage of the debate, see Taxes, Chickens Divide Collingswood Commissioner Candidates. --------- Collingswood's candidates for commissioner will take the stage at the Scottish Rite Auditorium to debate Tuesday evening. Join Collingswood Patch and your neighbors in a live chat during the debate. The debate starts at 7 p.m., and our chat opens at 6:45 p.m. To participate, simply enter a comment into the chat window above (not the comments section, as you normally would). Until then, you can set an email reminder to remind you to come back to Patch this evening to participate in the chat. If you're more a tweeter than chatter, Collingswood Patch will also live tweet …
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
McGuire offers some thoughts on his platform for the upcoming election.