John Mack - Newtown Supervisor

Good Government: John Mack's Position

FlagWe need an open and honest government that works for the good of everyone in the Newtown community.  If elected, I will work hard to develop and implement more effective print and digital media communications that will inform and engage residents and businesses regarding issues before the Board of Supervisors (BOS).

In my business as an online pharmaceutical industry news publisher, I use the latest communications tools to interact with my subscribers. As a member of the Country Bend Owners Association Executive Board, I improved communications with HOA members by launching a modern website, a Facebook page, a Youtube channel, and an outdoor bulletin board. As a result, residents can get the most update information via the Web and via email as well as by regular mail, which was the only option in the past! Residents can also contact board members directly via the website.

But all this is worthless if the information is not transparent and easy to use. One example of what I mean by this is searchable minutes of meetings. Before I was elected Supervisor, BOS meeting minutes PDF files were NOT searchable. At the January 2, 2018, BOS meeting I explained the benefits of searchable minutes: (1) it makes it easy to find specific topics, comments, and how Supervisors voted on issues when reading the minutes, and (2) it is possible to search for PDF files of minutes by keyword on your computer without having to open each document first. At the very next BOS meeting, Township Manager Kurt Ferguson announced that all minutes going back to the beginning of 2016 are now searchable PDF files!

I Oppose "Pay-to-Play" Politics

For too long, developers and commercial entities who donate to the prevailing party on the BOS have received favorable treatment regardless of merit or benefit to our community.

Here's an example of how this works:

  • Donate to the political party in charge,
  • perhaps fund a community event in concert with that party to garner favorable mention in the local newspaper,
  • then get paid back by the party with the "favor" of zoning variances.

 

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