UPPER DUBLIN >> Meredith Shafer Ferleger, an Upper Dublin High School grad and real estate attorney, was appointed by the board of commissioners to fill the vacant Ward 2 seat at the Jan. 2 reorganization meeting.
Sharon Damsker, who won re-election in November to the seat she held for 10 years, resigned effective Dec. 3, after moving out of her ward.
Ferleger, of Dresher, a registered Democrat, was one of 14 Ward 2 residents who applied to fill the vacancy and one of five finalists interviewed at a public meeting Dec. 17. The other finalists included: Ellen Brookstein, Christopher Duerr, Daniel Watt and Rubin Weiner.
Sworn in by District Judge Patricia Zaffarano, the 31-year-old attorney at Dilworth Paxson LLP, where she specializes in zoning and land use, was appointed to serve a two-year term expiring Jan. 1, 2020.
Having moved to the township at age 6, the 2005 UDHS grad, said afterward that she had sought the seat “out of pure devotion to where I live and grew up.”
“I’m committed to seeing the township succeed,” Ferleger said. “I can offer a young and fresh look at things — a balance of perspectives.”
A graduate of Syracuse University, where she earned two bachelor’s degrees, Ferleger received her law degree from the Villanova Law School, earning an MBA from the university at the same time.
Ferleger and her husband, Michael, have an 18-month-old son, and one goal as a commissioner, she said, would be to have more young families be attracted to the township.
“I want the township to continue toward development that would have young families move here and people like my parents stay here,” she said. “I think things can be done to encourage that.”
One example would be “a state-of-the-art library,” said Ferleger, who is on board with moving the library to the 520 Virginia Drive building the township purchased. “I suspect a lot of work can be done to make it better — different spaces for different ages.
“The township is focused on walkability,” she said, and “I’d like to see the office park more of a destination, to take advantage of retail and restaurants, encouraging people to come here.”