Democrats expect new faces to enter four-seat council race

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GALLOWAY – The local Democratic Club is reorganized and reenergized, according to President Kevin Krumaker.

And while the reorganization may not be too evident – all last year’s officers were re-elected – Krumaker said to expect some surprises in the Township Council race where four seats will be up for grabs this year.

At its annual reorganization meeting Monday, Jan. 14 at Gourmet Italian Cuisine, the club unanimously reelected all officers: Krumaker as president; Jim McElwee, first vice president; Madeline Avery, second vice president; Harry Krumaker, treasurer; Doug Browne, corresponding secretary; Marcos Barrios, sergeant at arms; Sherry Sauerwine, recording secretary; and Meg Worthington and Sherri Parmentar, trustees.

“As elected officers of the Galloway Democratic Club, we work to further the mission of our club in building a strong and inspirational voice to improve the quality of life and sense of community for our neighbors,” Krumaker said. “We will continue to offer ideas that enhance the lives of our citizens and work feverishly to oppose any that are detrimental to our community.”

He said a few people have expressed an interest in running for council in the June primary and November general elections.

“These will not be familiar names,” Krumaker said. “Obviously we have a nominating committee, yet I’m personally excited that people are expressing an interest in running. These are younger, tech-savvy people.”

The president said he thinks the number one role of government is to protect the citizens.

“That can mean different things to different people,” Krumaker said. “But it’s always our first and foremost concern. We’ll pay close attention to the budget.”

He said he expects to have more to say once he’s seen the budget and council’s priorities.

“I don’t know whether maintaining a double-A rating is something to throw a party about,” Krumaker said. “I personally don’t believe we should be borrowing to operate our town.”

Galloway Council is 5-2 in favor of Republicans; it was 6-1 until McElwee won election to an unexpired term in November.

Of the four seats up for reelection this year, three are held by Republicans: Mayor Don Purdy and council members Tom Bassford and Whitney Ullman. Democrat McElwee will have to run again for a full four-year term.

Krumaker said he has been really happy with McElwee’s performance on council.

“He’s the new guy,” Krumaker said. “But he’s questioning things. He’s jumping right in and soaking up information.

The Galloway Democratic Club meets 7 p.m. the second Monday of each month at Gourmet.

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