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Partridge Fills Slawter's Supervisor Seat, Resigns From School Board

Edward Partridge was sworn in on May 23 to fulfill the late Parris "Bob" Slawter's seat on the Newtown Board of Supervisors.

NEWTOWN SQUARE–Recently was sworn in on Monday's meeting as the appointed board member to fill the vacant spot of the late Supervisor Parris "Bob" Slawter's seat on the board.

Partridge was sworn in by Magisterial District Judge Leon Hunter III. Partridge was accompanied with wife Marie Therese by his side during the ceremony.

"I'd like to thank the board and the public for their confidence in me," addressed Partridge before the public. "I won't let you down."

Slawter's seat has been empty since his recent  of this year. At the last , nine candidates had submitted their names in the running to fulfill the spot on the board.

Supervisors Chairman George Wood said the supervisors and vacancy board had reviewed all the resumes and "considered them carefully," but believed it was appropriate to appoint Partridge who won the recent primary election.

Wood nominated Partridge to the board and shared his support for him.

"It was not only a call, for I think, change," said Wood. "It was a scream for change. We congratulate him on his victory in the primary. We hope that he moves forward in the general election. It's my pleasure to nominate Ed Partridge to fill the vacancy that was caused by the untimely death of Mr. Bob Slawter."

Catania made the motion to nominate Partridge which was seconded by Vice Chairwoman and Partridge's primary opponent Linda Houldin. Supervisor Dr. Ross Lambert was absent at the meeting.

"It's wonderful," commented Partridge's wife after he was sworn in. "I'm very, very proud of him."

Partridge, who was currently serving as a member on the , read his resignation letter to the school board and presented it to school board Vice President Richard Sokorai. His resignation on the school board is effective immediately as of Monday night.

"I'm grateful for the opportunity to have served on the board for the past seven-and-a-half years. It's been my honor to serve our school community and work with such an exemplary group of people," read Partridge.

Slawter's replacement will serve the vacancy until January or once Slawter's position has been officially filled by a permanent successor. In this case, come November, Partridge will be running in the general election to take Houldin's seat which leaves a possibility for another candidate to be nominated as Slawter's successor.

Mike Gillin, Newtown Republican Party chairman, said there's already been about 10 people who have voiced their interest in the position. Positive that Slawter's successor is one of these candidates, Gillin believes the recent primary sparked some interest from members in the community.

"There's a lot of qualified and quality people here," said Gilin referring to the list of candidates. "I think the recent election brought some momentum in the township. People felt that change was needed. Change was going to come and a new government is going to come back."

The last day to file candidate nominations for the general election is August 1.

Editor's note: To listen to Partridge's resignation letter, view the video featured in our photo gallery.

Lenin May 24, 2011 at 02:27 PM
The GOP is eating the whole cake, let's other eat from it!!!!! don't be sweet toothed
PatchyMcPatch May 24, 2011 at 03:29 PM
Wow, file charges against George Wood, Linda loses the election and now George jumps ship and supports Partridge. Blowing in the wind George, blowing in the wind.
Lenin May 24, 2011 at 03:43 PM
yes, that's the way they operate!!!

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