The Jewish Vote in Montco Commissioner Race
The Montgomery County Commissioner race has the attention of political junkies across the state. Democrats Josh Shapiro and Leslie Richards, a Pa. Rep. and Whitemarsh Township Supervisor, respectively, are Jewish.
Schwartzmann interviewed Liz Rogan and Beth Ladenheim, two suburban moms from Wynnewood and members of Temple Beth Hillel/Beth El to talk about this next week’s election, as well as the 2012 presidential contest:
The stakes of their race — to become one of 14 commissioners representing a total of 60,000 people — might not seem high beyond their township. But the two do agree on one thing: The outcome may serve as a barometer for how suburban voters feel about national politics.
“I’m the least political person on the board,” Rogan said, adding that she thinks more about pragmatic solutions than any particular national partisan battle. Still, she asserted that township and countywide races do “have an implication” for 2012.”
After all, a year from now the country will decide whether President Barack Obama wins a second term. Montgomery County — where Lower Merion is the most populous township — is sure to be one of the primary theaters of battle in a state that is considered up for grabs — even though Pennsylvania hasn’t gone with a GOP presidential candidate since 1988.
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