Thursday, May 16, 2013

Showdown in Hatboro

Back in January, 2011, I wrote a post on non-discrimination ordinances and mentioned that the mayor of Hatboro had vetoed such an ordinance when the town council passed it.

Well, the mayor is up for re-election and the chickens have come home to roost.

Andrea Myers, Army veteran and community volunteer, is one of four Democrats running for four open town council seats.  (Four Republicans are also running.)  Myers is an out lesbian and supported the non-discrimination ordinance in 2010.  You can read more about her at www.hatborodems and also at Philadelphia Gay News, "Out Hatboro activist runs for council," by Angela Thomas, May 2.

Mayor Norm Hawkes is facing a primary challenge from Bill Godshall.  Like Myers, Godshall is a veteran and active in community activities, including being a Boy Scout troop leader.  He and his wife moved to Hatboro five years ago and he relocated his small business there.  Godshall supports the non-discrimination ordinance.  You can read Theresa Katalinas's interview with Godshall on the Horsham patch site (4/01).  Interesting trivia -- Godshall's website is paid for by the Hatboro Democrats, who aresupporting the challenger, not the incumbent.

It will be interesting to see what happens in Hatboro.  I hope there is a reasonable turnout in the primary there.

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