Democratic incumbent Newtown Township Supervisors John Mack and Dennis Fisher walloped their Republican opponents T.J. Butler and Dan Boyle in a record-setting municipal election that was marred by a vicious personal attack mailer orchestrated by the opposition (read about it in the Newtown Patch: "Vicious Politics Comes to Newtown Township!").
With all 8 districts reporting, here are the uncertified results:
As I stopped at each polling place during the day, I was pleasantly surprised by the constant stream of voters. "It was sometimes difficult to gauge who voters were going to choose as they walked through the doors," said Dennis Fisher. It is estimated that nearly 5,800 Newtown Township residents voted this year compared to about 4,860 in 2017. This may be a record turnout.
A Positive Political Campaign Prevailed!
While the opposition wallowed in vicious personal attacks - especially against me - the Fisher & Mack campaign fulfilled its pledge to run an ethical, issues-based campaign without stooping to the level of their Republican opponents who chose to go negative.
BTW, I have never "worked for" the pharmaceutical industry. I owned a small business publishing a newsletter focused on criticizing the marketing practices of the industry as an outsider. I retired that business in February, 2018, soon after being sworn in as Supervisor in January, 2018. In my farewell blog post (here), I warned of the “PharmaGovernment Complex,” which is the collusion between the pharmaceutical industry, lawmakers, and government agencies.
I said: “There has always been “collusion” between the pharmaceutical industry and lawmakers who have profited from financial contributions from the industry as well as help from industry “hired guns” (lobbyists) to craft laws benefitting the drug industry,” I said. “I’ve spent a lot of time writing about this in the past. Obviously, my efforts and the efforts of many others to shine a light on this has achieved very little return on investment. The amount spent on lobbying during the first nine months of Donald Trump’s presidency, reports the Center for Responsive Politics, was higher than in any corresponding period since 2012. In fact, "The D.C. Pharma Lobbying Swamp is Bigger & More Slimy Than Ever!”
Soon afterward I sold the assets of my company including the "pharmaguy" name and trademark to eHealthcare Solutions, which has since focused on a more collaborative approach with the industry (listen to this podcast).
Another Record Set by John Mack
I received the most votes of any candidate - Republican or Democrat - for Supervisor going back to at least 2007 (the earliest year of available election results).
Thanks to All Who Voted & Volunteered
Dennis and I would like to thank all the citizens who came out and voted on Tuesday and especially those who voted for them. We also thank the members of our campaign team, the Newtown Democrats, and the dozens of volunteers and other supporters for helping make this victory possible! Also, a shout out to our families!Read More...
Posted on 06 Nov 2019, 13:07 - Category: Voting
The vote count for Newtown Supervisor in the 2019 Primary election is now official. Incumbent Democratic Supervisors John Mack and Dennis Fisher topped the chart in number of votes received (see chart).
Newtown Supervisor Mack made an impressive showing. "Many people told me how much they appreciated my efforts to keep residents informed," noted Mr. Mack. Mack racked up more than 50% more votes than his Republican rivals. He won in all 8 Newtown Township districts as demonstrated in the following chart.
[Recall that Mack Beat the Pants Off His Competition in 2017.]
You can see the vote tallies for all candidates on the ballot in Newtown Township here.
Onward to the Main event!
Although this was a Primary in which both Democrat and Republican candidates for Supervisor were uncontested, it demonstrated that the "Blue Wave" is still strong in Newtown Township and suggests that the wave will continue to roll on to the main event: the November 5 municipal election!
Posted on 23 May 2019, 01:50 - Category: Voting
Keep the Democratic Majority Going in Newtown!
Two years ago, propelled by unprecedented turnout by township Democrats, the Democratic party achieved a majority on the Board of Supervisors for the first time in township history. This has made it possible for the Board to make significant progress toward a number of measures to improve the health and wellbeing of residents, including
- More miles of paved roads
- Increased support for EMS and Fire services
- More transparency to keep residents informed about important issues
- Long-range budgetary planning to be sure our future revenue and expenses are in balance
- Standing up for sensible gun control, protection of human rights, and protection of our local environment
It’s only by the return to the Board of Supervisors of Dennis Fisher and John Mack that we can continue that progress. That is why the Friends of Fisher & Mack are asking for your financial support.
Your contribution can also help "Build a Wall Around Trump." Democratic victories this fall are essential to growing the foundation for putting a Democrat in the White House in 2020 and sending a Democrat to represent the First Congressional District in the House of Representatives. Strengthening the Blue Wave at the local and county levels is the only way to make that happen.
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Posted on 17 May 2019, 01:21 - Category: Voting
John Mack and Dennis Fisher, both incumbents on the Newtown Township Board of Supervisors, have been endorsed by the Newtown Democrats in their election bids for six-year terms. They are running unopposed in the May 21 Democratic Party primary for the only two upcoming openings on the township’s governing body. The general election will be held on November 5.
Mack won a two-year seat in the 2017 election drawing the most votes among all candidates running for three open positions on the board [read "Mack Clobbers Couch!"]. Fisher was appointed to the board in July 2018 to fill the remaining term of Democrat Jen Dix who moved with her family to New Hampshire [read "Dennis Fisher Appointed to Replace Jen Dix on Board of Supervisors"].
“We’re very fortunate to have two highly capable and dedicated candidates who have already proven themselves on the Board of Supervisors as advocates for responsible government,” said George Skladany, chairperson of the Newtown Democrats. “The municipal election this fall will be about who has the best long-range interests of the township and its residents in mind.”
Mack and his wife, Debbie, have been township residents since 1995. In a statement to the Newtown Democrats, Mack cited his background -- degrees in chemistry and biochemistry and publisher of a pharmaceutical industry newsletter that advocates for ethical industry practices -- for his focus on protecting the environment and combatting the opioid crisis.
“Through my efforts, the township now offers a 24/7 drop-off program for unused prescription and other drugs,” he said. [Read “John Mack Proposes 24/7 Drug Drop-Off Box for Newtown” and “My Case for a 24/7 Drug Drop-Off Box”] He also noted his strong support for the anti-fracking resolution enacted by the Board of Supervisors last year, and his introduction of the 2018 anti-discrimination ordinance that established the township’s Human Relations Commission [Read “Newtown Township Appoints Members of the Newly Created Human Relations Commission”]
A township resident for 27 years, Fisher has been active in local affairs since being appointed to the township Planning Commission in 2006 and serving as its liaison to the township Environmental Advisory Council. In 2017, he was elected to the post of Township Auditor, from which he stepped down to assume his place on the Board of Supervisors. Recently retired after a 42-year career as a mental health professional, Fisher is active in church affairs, is chairperson of the non-profit Liberia Education Project, and is the former vice chair and chairperson of the Newtown Democrats.
In his appeal for the support of the Newtown Democrats, Fisher cited his years of experience in township governmental and political affairs, and his open-minded listening skills honed in his professional career. “I see the role of Supervisor as one of public service, and I have a heart for it,” he told the group. “My only ambition is to keep this township a great place to live, work and raise our families.“
Posted on 09 Apr 2019, 11:23 - Category: Voting
In Newtown Township about 1,600 Democrats came out to vote in the primary on May 15, 2018, whereas about 1,300 Republicans voted. Source: Bucks County Election Results
Posted on 20 May 2018, 01:07 - Category: Voting