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Three views for two council seats in Ward 2

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NORTH WALES – Voters in North Wales will have a choice to make on November 2, with two new faces guaranteed to sit on the council starting next year.

Democrats Alexander Groce and Sarah Whelan and Republican Lisa Vogel will all be on the ballot for two seats representing Ward 2 of the city for four years.

The three candidates were asked the same questions, and here are their answers:

GROCERY STORE

Alexander Groce

Describe your background and qualifications for a seat at North Wales Borough Council

My name is Alex Groce, I have lived in North Wales since 1999 when my family moved to the Borough and I attended Cristopher Dock Mennonite High School (now Dock Academy) in the nearby town of Towamencin . After graduating Magna cum Laude from Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia with a double bachelor’s degree in Global Affairs and Spanish Language and a minor in Political Science and European Union Studies, I had the honor to serve as a representative Civil Society Youth to the United Nations for a United Nations NGO partner that focuses on global education, youth engagement and climate change activism. It was truly a pleasure to have the opportunity to represent individuals globally and help promote positive change around the world.
Currently, I am working as a Geopolitical Security and Intelligence Analyst for International SOS Assistance Ltd. This allowed me to develop many skills, including crisis and risk management. I am sure that my background in advocating for others and dealing with crisis situations will help me proudly represent my friends and neighbors in 2nd Ward in North Wales.

What is the most important issue for you right now?

The most important question for me if I were elected to the North Wales Borough Council would be to help implement the 2040 Global Plan to help improve the Borough and maintain its character of being a welcoming place for everyone and a fantastic place to live, work and grow up high. More specifically, I would like to see an increase in walking and “velocity” throughout the borough thanks to the upkeep and improvement of sidewalks as well as the upkeep of our wonderful green spaces such as the Weingartner park. Also, if I were elected, I would love to help ensure that North Wales remains an open and welcoming place for people from all walks of life.

WHELAN

Sarah Whelan (photo submitted)

Describe your background and qualifications for a seat at North Wales Borough Council

For those of you who don’t know me, I am a wife, mother, lifelong learner, special education teacher and dean of a local school for children with learning differences based on reading, a physical trainer and an endurance athlete. Inspired by my neighbors, friends and family, I decided to devote my youthful energy and vigor to fostering a strong sense of community belonging, while giving a voice to all residents of North Wales Borough as board member in the next election When I’m not in class or spending time with my family, I like to fight for inclusion in sport volunteering as a push assist athlete for the Ainsley’s Angels and the Kyle Pease Foundation. During the pandemic, I worked to sew free masks for our community and beyond. I ran an online class with Girls Nite In Online, teaching others how to make their own masks across the country for their communities. (Link posted below if it’s helpful for someone now). I also stood proudly alongside members of color in my community at the North Wales Black Lives Matter Protest, uniting myself as a community while fighting racism and social injustices while listening and working to understand my own white privilege and its effects on others. It is an ongoing effort both personal and professional in which I firmly believe that we must all participate on a daily basis.

What is the most important issue for you right now?

I am a registered Democrat and, if elected, I look forward to the privilege of reviewing the budget, city codes and supporting our community in any way I can. I noticed many families in our borough, especially those with young children, and I would work to create post-pandemic opportunities for us to reunite these families and all families to allow borough residents to create a better sense of community. I have worked alongside the amazing members of the North Wales Parks and Recreation team to make progress towards this goal over the past few months.

I would be honored to serve on our Council / Ward 2, helping to ensure that every voice is heard, while upholding my beliefs of social fairness and equal opportunity for all.

Please list your campaign website, social media pages and / or any other place our readers can find you.

Facebook: North Wales PA Democratic Committee

VOGEL

Lisa Vogel (photo submitted)

Describe your background and qualifications for a seat at North Wales Borough Council

As a resident of the Borough of North Wales since 2005, I have been active in our community volunteering my time making over 2,000 free masks during the pandemic, vaccinating residents at the pharmacy, helping with food drives and being active with Lasagna Love which provides home cooked meals for families going through tough times.

I regularly attend council meetings to learn about issues that are important to borough residents. Working as a business developer gave me the skills to exercise fiscal responsibility; while serving our community.

I believe that I will be an asset to the residents of North Wales – Ward 2 and, if elected, I am committed to working with them both to advocate for their interests and to effectively resolve the issues that arise.

What is the most important issue for you right now?

I have long believed that the importance of communication and transparency in our local government cannot be overstated. Continuous improvement in these core areas will allow us to work effectively on key issues such as growing local businesses and improving road safety, both for vehicles and pedestrians.

I will keep lines of communication open with Council and residents so that we can discuss issues and work towards developing workable solutions.


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