A Democrat newcomer to Franklin Board of Supervisors
● By J. Chambless
Nancy Moshel Morris was part of the Democratic tide in the Nov. 7
elections, taking a seat on the Franklin Township Board of
Supervisors away from longtime supervisor Penelope Schenk by a vote
of 830 to 628.
Late last week, Morris was asked about her goals in her new position, and she responded to these questions:
What are the main township issues you would like to address when you take your seat on the board?
I believe the township is at a crossroads. There will be increasing
pressure as the Route 1 corridor expands out to Nottingham. Pressure
for development is going to increase and we need to be prepared. I
believe that development brings tremendous burdens to a township such
as Franklin. We have very limited infrastructure to handle more homes
or any significant commercial development. There are no major
thoroughfares in our community. Anyone who drives on 896 (our largest
road) knows it is already at its capacity in terms of traffic. We
have challenges in keeping our roads in good shape with our current
population and we need to allocate spending in the coming years on
road and bridge repairs. More homes also bring higher school taxes. I
do not want to see the elderly pushed out through unchecked growth.
My first official meeting will be on Jan. 2, when the board has its annual organizational meeting. After that, board meetings are held monthly, although I am sure there will be many additional meetings in between. I am looking forward to meeting the township staff and to sit down with the current board members to gain their perspectives.
I worked hard to meet as many voters as I could before the election.
I understand our township tends to be predominately Republican and I
wanted to help people understand that I have the same concerns they
have: Managing costs and keeping our area rural. I believe my
concerns made sense to the people I talked with. On Nov. 7, I wasn't
sure what would happen. I only knew that I had done my best to talk
to as many residents as I could to understand their views and to
share my thoughts and ideas with them.
I also had an inspiring team of supporters behind me -- people from different parties and backgrounds. They were wonderful. Throughout the campaign, they provided me with their guidance, insights and the occasional pep talk. Some people gave up time every week to walk through neighborhoods with me. I know they did this at the expense of watching their kids' soccer games, family time, etc. I am truly grateful to them.
What contributed to the results?
Everyone who supported
the campaign or I met shares a common passion for open space. We live
in Franklin Township because we don't want to be hemmed in by too
many people or houses. Whether you like to hunt, bike, run, horseback
ride, walk with your dog or just drink coffee from your deck,
Franklin Township is a hidden gem in Chester County. Although I know
each of us has a different perspective, our shared beliefs brought us
together on election day.
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