Building a culture of service and community
I have had the honor of serving as mayor of Conshohocken Borough since January 2018. Before running for this position I was the Founding Chairman of the Conshohocken Plymouth Whitemarsh Rotary Club, member of the Environmental Advisory Council and pioneer member of the Conshohocken Running Club (where I met my wife!).
At my heart, I am a teacher. I taught seven years at Northeast High School in the School District of Philadelphia and have been teaching at the Montgomery County Community College since 2008. I am also a Stanford University Hollyhock Fellow, a competitive program developed to bring resources, coaching and professional development to teachers in underserved school districts.
I ran for mayor to bring attention to safety in Conshohocken and there has been tremendous progress made in the last few years with much more still to come. Fayette St has brand new traffic lights, new pedestrian crossings and will be seeing the installation of lighted mast arm crossings at 4th and 7th avenues in 2021. The Schuylkill River Trail received complete renovations through the county with brighter road markings, new paving, trail widening and upgraded signage. All SEPTA crossings in the borough were also painted a bright yellow to further bring attention to the tracks and trail.
I continue to support Conshohocken's green and sustainable future, serving as council's liaison to the Environmental Advisory Council. With the passage of the Ready for 100% resolution, borough council and the EAC set Conshohocken on a path to sustainability by 2035. The Shade Tree Commission was also reinvigorated and planted 40 trees in 2019, with plans for more in 2020, but delayed because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The borough also upgraded to full-sized recycling cans and redesigned our recycling standards to encourage more recycling by residents. I have proudly signed a number of executive proclamations including: Mayors for Clean Energy, the Community Clean Cars Declaration, Mayors for Solar Energy, and joined Conshohocken to the Climate Mayors initiative.
My larger vision for Conshohocken includes continuing our progress on a number of other fronts including: service-based community policing, supporting our residents, businesses and nonprofits through my #ConshyStrong initiatives as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring our strong non-discrimination ordinance makes our community welcoming and safe for all visitors and residents, working to include pets in our events and public spaces, and continuing to bring exciting programming to residents such as the Annual Conshohocken Arts Festival and Car Show.
I look forward to another four years of service to all of you, my neighbors. These past few years have been a tremendous honor and a lot of fun. I hope to see all of you in the neighborhood!