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. As the Secretary of the HOA Board, I reformatted the minutes into a searchable database. Using this database, residents can search the minutes by topic and then quickly download the relevant documents to see the details.

The BOS meeting minutes currently are NOT searchable and not organized by topic. I am currently taking the initiative to create a searchable database of these minutes going back to January, 2016. If elected as Supervisor, I will urge the BOS to do this on a regular basis and post the database to the Newtown Township website.

I would also encourage the BOS to pass a resolution to set up a callin phone line and a Facebook page where residents can post messages, respond to polls and surveys, and interact with board members. Live video from BOS meetings can also be posted to the Facebook page.

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 how it 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.

This is how our town has been run for many years and one reason why we are facing a $1 million deficit. We need to break the one-party majority ruling the Newtown BOS and Zoning Hearing Board.

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