CHELTENHAM — With a four-year term for the Cheltenham Township Board of Commissioners' seventh ward seat up for election this year, two Democrats — Irv Brockington and Ceilia Goldberg — are on the primary election ballot competing to move onto the election this fall.
Republican Charles McKeown is unopposed in the primary election.
The two Democratic candidates were sent a questionnaire for this article asking their background helping prepare them for this office, why they are running, their goals, what is the biggest issue at this time for Cheltenham, and where people can get information about the candidate.
Brockington, the incumbent, said there is a common thread of "community" in his background, which includes currently being Cheltenham Township Public Safety Chairperson, Cheltenham Township Commissioner Library Board Representative and Cheltenham Township Commissioner on The School Liaison Committee. He is also a board member for West Oak Lane Charter School, Cheltenham Little League, Cheltenham Sports, and Philadelphia Board of Realtist, he said.
He has worked for more than 20 years in the Community Mortgage Division of several local banks, he said.
"My passion is educating, and preparing low-to-moderate income families in achieving their dream of Homeownership," he said.
Brockington said he's running for office, "To continue what I started four (4) years ago ... to service Ward 7 and the entire Township with integrity and full transparency."
His goal is, "That the residents of this Township will know and understand that I value the quality of life in Cheltenham," he said.
Based on the number of phone calls and emails he gets, traffic and speeding are a big issue, he said. The location between northeast Philadelphia and Center City brings a lot of traffic, he said.
"There needs to be a full Traffic Study/Plan done for the entire Township. With the help of the County and State we need to look at "traffic calming" solutions in our Township," Brockington said. "An additional issue is the lack of commercial development in Cheltenham. For too many years commercial development was pushed away from Cheltenham. This left the entire tax burden on the residences. I'm in favor of more responsible commercial development in our Township."
Information is available at the "Friends of Irv Brockington" Facebook page or the vote4irvbrockingto.wixsite.com/reelectirv website, he said.
Goldberg has not responded to the questionnaire as of press time.
There is information about her on the "Ceilia Goldberg" Facebook page.
A campaign sign on the page carries the slogan, "People before politics."
Goldberg is listed on the page as the owner of Goat House Creamery in Elkins Park and owner and CEO of Helping Hands Frankford Community Center.
The page also lists her as having attended Cheltenham High School and being a volunteer local firefighter.
Primary Election Day is Tuesday, May 21.