Newtown Township Supervisor Phil Calabro has announced his run for reelection this year.
Calabro, a township resident of 35 years, has served on the township board for nearly 18 year and is in his third six-year term on the Newtown Township Board Supervisors.
The board is currently a 4-1 Democratic majority.
According to a news release from his campaign, Calabro’s efforts early in his term gained open space along Newtown Creek, and more recently, he assisted in negotiating with Toll Brothers to earmark 100 acres of land at the former All Saints Cemetery property on Durham Road (Route 413) and Twining Bridge Road as open space.
Calabro has been a supporter of the supervisors’ expansion of the annual road program from roughly one mile to three miles of road improvements each year. In 2023, Newtown Township is planning to pave 10 roads.
Calabro touted his ability to work with both sides of the aisle during his tenure and has played a significant role in securing open space. His campaign has pointed to the joint fire agreement with Newtown Borough and assisted Wrightstown Township in their police services contract with Newtown Township.
The supervisor has proposed working with Newtown Borough to create a joint police service, which would cut costs for the borough and township.
As more municipalities implement an earned income tax, Newtown Township might lose $170,000 in 2023 alone. Calabro said he is focused on finding solutions.
“We have to start thinking about how we’re going to derive revenue,” he said.
Calabro has envisioned new development as a revenue generator for the township and is overseeing the creation of the Business Commons Overlay District, which would permit a limited number of high-end apartments, as well as restaurants and entertainment, his campaign said.
Calabro works in customer service and believes local government is very similar.
“My reason to run again is just to serve the township the best way possible,” he said. “I can only guarantee that I’ll do my best.”
Republicans Andrea Ahern and Debbie Verwoerd recently announced that they will be running for spots on the board.