Dean Seeks to Follow Shapiro's Footsteps

Newly-elected Abington commissioner Madeleine Dean to run for a seat in the 153rd Legislative District


With a special election to fill the vacancy left by Josh Shapiro fewer than 50 days away, Abington commissioner Madeleine Dean is ramping up her efforts to secure a seat as the representative for the 153rd Legislative District.

At a crowded fundraiser at LeBus Restaurant in Manayunk, many notable Democrats — including former Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell — voiced their support for Dean's campaign and urged voters to play an active role in the special election to be held on April 24.

"We don't have a primary fight on the presidential level and the Republicans do," said Marcel Groen, chairman of the Montgomery County Democratic Committee.  "We have to be very aware of the fact that the Republicans may have a significant turnout, but they can't beat us if we vote.  It's that simple."

Dean, who went to law school at Widener University and currently works as an assistant professor at La Salle University, began her political career while in college, serving as a committeewoman and volunteer coordinator for then-State Representative Joe Hoeffel.

Now, aiming to replace Shapiro, Dean said she intends to focus on what she calls the "four E’s," which consist of education, the economy, the environment and ethics.

"I know that education is the key to our economic future, yet I see the current administration is crippling our public school system at every level," Dean said.  "Our children are being shortchanged."

Dean also wants to focus on legislation that will benefit small business owners; she added that her experience with her husband's small business has given her a first-hand look at exactly what is needed.

On the environment, Dean points to Pennsylvania's wealth of natural resources, but cautions that management of those resources is critical.

"This state is blessed with many natural resources, and we will be judged by how we manage them," Dean said.  "The environment is a legacy for future generations."

Having already earned the endorsements of the Abington Rockledge Democratic Committee and the Montgomery County Democratic Committee, Dean also has the support of the very man she is looking to replace.

"She understands what it's all about to be a state representative," said Josh Shapiro  "I couldn't be more proud to back her."

The special election to fill the unoccupied seat in the 153rd Legislative District will be held on April 24, and Dean will be opposed by Republican Nick Mattiacci, who was .

Robert B. Sklaroff, M.D. March 19, 2012 at 12:17 PM
I believe the D-party would appoint a replacement were she to be elected, to serve-out the entire term...although I sincerely doubt Peacock would be selected to do so.
Matthew Levitt March 19, 2012 at 05:31 PM
As a resident of Ward 7, I feel that we were sold a bill of goods. When she came knocking on my door, she promised to follow in Ernie Peacock's steps by serving the residents of Ward 7 and keeping us informed of what was going on through on-going communication. Instead, the only communication that we have received so far was a request for money for her State Rep campaign. She had to have know Josp Shapiro's position would be open when she ran for commissioner. She just took it as a stepping stone to further her own ambitions. How sad for ward 7 since if she becomes state rep, the republican majority on the Abington Township commissioners board, will appoint a republican. Hopefully, it will be someone doing it for the right reasons. April 18th may be the first time that I don't vote
Robert B. Sklaroff, M.D. March 19, 2012 at 05:49 PM
I publicly complained that Peacock had a donation-button on his website, to which the Township website hyperlinked; he had also conveyed this request via a mailer, about a year ago, if memory serves. I also wrote on an earlier page that it would be difficult to believe that MD hadn't anticipated the potential vacancy of JS's seat; what she didn't anticipate was that she would be chosen [after having been endorsed by Congresswoman Schwartz] over 3 competitors, I'm told]. Election Day is 4/24/2012.
Dottie Morse March 22, 2012 at 09:04 PM
As a resident of Ward 7 it suggests to me that Ms. Dean lacks the commitment that she campaigned on during the last election, and will readily move on if the opportunity arises, leaving her constituents without a dedicated representative on the Board of Commissioners. She has suggested that should she win her election in April, she might possibly be able to balance and serve both positions competently. That idea would be an injustice to Ward 7 residents. Ward 7 faces many serious and complicated issues, and needs and deserves a commissioner who will devote their undivided attention to resolving these issues. We don't want a commissioner who is preoccupied with campaigning for another office, just months after the voters elected her to represent Ward 7. Regardless of party affiliation, many residents have expressed concern regarding Ms. Dean's decision to run for a higher office. So, Ms Dean needs to decide which position she can best serve, and dedicate her time and energy to that decision. Dottie Morse
Kinekia Mosley March 23, 2012 at 11:33 PM
It seems our reps want to move up the ladder without filling the job they were elected to do. I for one will not vote for her.... Is it just me or are the democratic party starting a new tread ... Get elected... Don't do anything... Move on to new campaign.


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