Two Republicans are looking to take seats on the Newtown Township Board of Supervisors this year.
Andrea Ahern and Debbie Verwoerd recently announced that they will be running.
The seats held by supervisors Elen Snyder and Phillip Calabro, both Democrats, will be up for election in November. Snyder has announced she is running for reelection.
“The two women spent time talking with voters while supporting campaigns last year, and they heard the concerns of their neighbors loud and clear. The residents of Newtown Township want a return to basics at the township level, namely, better stewardship of taxpayer money, improved communication with residents, smart growth that is directed by township leaders and not developers, and a move away from the partisan politicking that has no place in local government,” the Republicans said in a campaign announcement.
Ahern, who lives in the Eagle Ridge neighborhood and is a lifelong township resident, serves as vice president and small business development official at a regional bank. She has also served as the chair of her homeowners’ association finance committee and has fought over-development in the township.
Ahern has two sons and a dog.
Ahern ran for supervisor in 2021, but did not succeed in that election.
“I am excited about running for Newtown Township Supervisor again in 2023, and could not be prouder to share the ticket with Debbie Verwoerd. Debbie will bring a common sense, business lens to this Board, coupled with a genuine concern for the future of Newtown. We look forward to bringing our resumes, work ethics and professional demeanors to the Board of Supervisors and to serving our Township residents who are so deserving of true professional leadership and back to basics governance,” said Ahern.
Verwoerd, who resides in Eagle Glenn neighborhood, serves as marketing vice president of a Fortune 500 company. She has overseen large teams of workers and multi-million dollar budgets.
Verwoerd is married, has two teenage kids, and two dogs.
“I’m proud and honored to run for Newtown Township Supervisor with Andrea. I admire her as a businesswoman, mother, leader and as someone who deeply cares about our community. Andrea always puts Newtown first, she is always thinking about what she can do to serve the community. We both know how to collaborate to get things done, and I look forward to partnering with her to better serve the needs of Newtown Township residents,” said Verwoerd.
Kyle Davis, the lone Republican supervisor and Ahern’s 2021 running mate, said he supports both GOP candidates.
“These two potential candidates will bring much needed, real world corporate experience, talent and strong female voices to the Board of Supervisors and I would love to have them on the board with me,” he said.