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GOP Beats Dems In Township Races

The Republicans of Haverford Township defeated their Democratic opponents in the 2011 elections.

For one Democratic candidate, there is one word that describes the reason behind his at the polls: Apathy.

“It goes back to the old thought that you can’t get Democrats excited,” , the Democratic challenger and candidate of the 1st Ward commissioner’s race, told the Haverford-Havertown Patch Tuesday night at the Haverford Township’s Democratic post-election party at the .

After the midterm elections , Shiffer stated in an email to Patch that the lack of voter turnout in the primary elections were “a harbinger of the November election.”

On Tuesday night, Shiffer said that Democratic voters needed to get excited about the smaller elections since they have the most impact on them compared to the bigger and more popular national elections.

“These elections are more important than the presidential ones,” he said, explaining that township commissioners could increase residents’ taxes yearly.

But while Shiffer was pessimistic of the election results, Judith LaLonde, chairwoman of the Haverford Township Democratic Party, was optimistic.

“It wasn’t defeat. We gave voters a choice for candidates and a different path to follow,” she said. 

LaLonde compared , the Democratic challenger of the 7th Ward race, to Republican incumbent . She said that while Chrzan was at a press conference last month, explaining his platform, McGarrity was telling his supporters that Chrzan was “a clown” and was getting a kiss on the cheek from Magisterial District Judge , .

“Our candidates are involved in the township. … It’s not about the loss but moving forward,” she said. 

McGarrity, at with the rest of the Republican candidates and their supporters late Tuesday evening, told Patch that Chrzan’s false accusations against him ended up hurting Chrzan as voters do not respond well to negative campaigning.

McGarrity told Patch that he hoped to win all four precincts in the 7th Ward and later that night stated that he did win them, pointing out that he beat Chrzan in his own precinct.

“We were elected by the people and they like us,” he said of his party’s victory.

, the Republican 1st Ward commissioner, said that he and his fellow commissioners, both Democrats and Republicans, do not play party politics when it comes to the issues and the voters realize that.

“I want the residents to know that this commissioner doesn’t play party politics,” he said, adding that his fellow commissioners have adopted that philosophy.

Jim Knapp, chairman of the Haverford Township Republican Party, offered praise to the Republican candidates. 

“A lot of politicians will tell you what they will do, but these guys do it,” Knapp said to Patch. 

Burke said that he was “humbled” by the residents who voted for him and that he “worked very hard and it paid off.” 

Patch was not able to speak with 3rd Ward Commissioner Candidates Republican or Democrat , Democratic candidate for judge or Chrzan, but did send them emails around 12 a.m. Wednesday for further comments about the elections.

For the election results, .

Jim November 10, 2011 at 05:09 AM
Bob I don,t think Larry is going away.Mcgarrity is a good man who knows which side his bread is buttered on.Make no mistake Mcgarrity would not have been elected without the Republican Machine,This goes for a lot of other politicans in Havertown especially Bob(doupledip) Burke.I went in front of him and he starting singing,note for note with the opposition before anybody was sworn.I knew it was over for me before it started! I told Double Dip I would appeal his decison and win,which I did and sent D.D. the verdict.The district justice job is partime Job and should be paid on a supplement basis which comes out to about 25 thousand a year when it's billed out hourly.That a fair amount the taxpayers can afford.
Mary November 11, 2011 at 02:09 PM
Jim, You have way too much time on your hands! Why don't you tell the taxpayers of Haverford Township why you have so much time to spread false accusations.
Jim November 11, 2011 at 06:56 PM
There is nothing false about what I posted Mary.I just got in from work and made my money for the week D.B. I never worked for Haverford Township and never will.
Mary November 12, 2011 at 12:42 AM
You are such a fraud and so out of touch Jim. You are not even worth my time and effort. Goodbye!
Jim November 12, 2011 at 01:13 AM
There is nothing false about what I said,Mary. Thats why you folded your tent and went away.You opened big your mouth thinking I was somebody else and now you run. Just another Havertown Hypocrite that doesn;t know what there talking about.Bob (doubledip) Burke likes the sound of his own voice, over the voice of our U.S. Constitution.

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