Haverford-Havertown Patch has reached out to local candidates to find out more about them. Here is information from Gerry Hart.
My name is Gerry Hart and I am the Democratic candidate for the 8th Ward Commissioner in Haverford Township.
I have worked as a family physician for the past 30 years. I have never before served or run for elective office.
I have been very involved in youth sports programs in the township,
and I currently serve on the boards of Brookline Baseball and Softball
as well as the Haverford Heat American Legion baseball program.
I am running now because I think my combination of civic engagement
and life experience would help keep Havertown a great community.
of the major issues we face include a decaying infrastructure in the
town as a whole. We have had ongoing problems with storm water run off,
and many of our township buildings are reported to be in various stages
of disrepair. The township has suffered from the absence of a strategic
plan for its future.
I would hope to work with my fellow commissioners and
township residents to develop long term planning for Haverford. It will
be important to continue the process that has begun in recent years of
determining if our current aging township buildings, including the
library, police station and township municipal building, are capable of
meeting residents' needs in the near future, and if not, to begin the
process of repairing or rebuilding in a cost effective manner. To help
defray the cost of any building program it will be important to work to
broaden our tax base by encouraging further business development in the
township. I would also hope to develop and further expand our bike and
walking trails in Havertown.