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Montco Area 4 Democrats Open Lower Providence Office

Melissa S. Treacy

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 • 2:55pm

Mid-August might feel like a long way from November, but the democrats in the area in and around Lower Providence Township don’t think so. The group, which organizes the campaigns and informational provisions for the democratic candidates in the district known as “Area 4,” has made its presence known with a new office location in Trooper.

Tuesday night, the office was opened with a ceremony which included many area politicians. County Commissioners Josh Shapiro and Leslie Richards both spoke at the well-attended event which was held from 6 to 8 p.m. last night.

Located at 2828 W. Ridge Pike, next to Toma karate studios, the office will play host to campaign organization throughout the election season.

“The office in Lower Providence supports the campaigns of Democratic candidates running in November for state and national office in Collegeville, Lower Providence, Skippack, Upper Providence and Worcester,” explained Marlene Prost, of the Area 4 Democratic Committee. 

The candidates supported by Area 4 Democrats include:

·       Tom Wolf for governor

·       Mike Stack for lieutenant governor

·       Manan Trivedi for an open seat in the U.S. 6th Congressional District

·        Mary Ellen Balchunis in the 7th U.S. Congressional District

·       Kathi Cozzone for Pennsylvania Senate in the 44th District

·       Jack Hansen for Pennsylvania Senate in the 24th District

·       David McKenzie in the 150th Pennsylvania Assembly District

·       Marian Moskowitz in the 157th District

according to Prost.

The democrats hope that an area presence will remind Lower Providence voters of the importance of electing area officials.

“Many of our local races (especially the Manan Trivedi race for U.S. Congress in the  6th) have drawn the attention of the state and national Democratic organizations,” said Prost. “Volunteers and staff have been busy phone banking and door-to-door canvassing for weeks and will continue up to our ‘Get Out the Vote’ effort in November.”

Tuesday night, Shapiro called Area 4 a “must-win area.”

“The road to victory goes through Montgomery County, and this area is critical,” said Shapiro, who joined his fellow-commissioner Richards to speak at the grand opening.

Richards agreed with her coworker.

“Elections will be won here,” she said.

Trivedi, a Pottstown-based doctor who served with the Marines in Iraq, also spoke at the engagement.

“This part of Montgomery County will make or break our races,” he said.

The Lower Providence Township campaign office will be open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily and welcomes volunteers to participate in phone banking, canvassing and other activities to elect Democratic candidates to office.

The office is not the first of its kind in Montgomery County.

“Last month, the Area 4 Democratic Committee opened a campaign office in Royersford supporting the re-election campaign of Mark Painter in the 146th Pennsylvania Assembly District as well as candidates for governor, lieutenant governor, U.S. Congress, and Pennsylvania Senate,” said Prost.

To learn more about the Lower Providence location, the candidates or the upcoming election, the public is invited to stop by the headquarters on Ridge Pike or go to the website here. You may also visit the Montco Area 4 Democrats Facebook page here.  

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