East Nottingham Twp. voters protect open-space initiative
● By Steven Hoffman
On Election Day, East Nottingham voters decided to protect the township’s open-space initiative and supported Shelley McLeod and Joseph Herlihy in their bids to join the Board of Supervisors.
The referendum asked voters, “Do you favor the continued imposition of the earned income tax in the amount of one-half of one percent by East Nottingham Township to be used for financing of open space acquisition, acquiring agricultural conservation easements, and acquiring recreation or historic lands?”
According to the results posted on the Chester County government’s website, 693 voters answered “yes” to the question, while 550 voted “no.” Consequently, the referendum was approved of by 56 percent of the people who voted on Election Day.
McLeod won election to the township’s board of supervisors by a wide margin. She was also a proponent of continuing the township’s investment in an open-space program because it protects farmland and also serves as a tool for East Nottingham to control residential growth.
In the competition for the second open seat on the board of supervisors, Herlihy, a Republican, earned 628 votes, followed Gary Coates, who earned 453 votes. There were also 248 write-in votes cast in this race.
All the election results are unofficial until certified by the county.