​I’m Elen Snyder, the Democratic candidate for the 2-year term of Newtown Township Supervisor.

I’m a Philadelphia native who has lived in Newtown for the past five years. Prior to that I lived nearby in Wrightstown for eight years.  While I’ve lived in communities across the nation, Bucks County has called me back every time I had the inclination to relocate.  I’m especially fond of Newtown because of its history, beauty and strong sense of community.

I’m passionate about environmental issues and serve on the township’s Environmental Advisory Council (EAC). I believe in protecting open space and supporting public parks for the benefit of young and old alike.

Here are some examples of how I’ve worked to improve our community:

  • I organized the “Friends of Roberts Ridge Park” citizens group to prevent the creation of a meadow in the park that would severely limited the amount of parkland available for recreational purposes;
  • I rallied the community to buy, plant and maintain 32 new trees in Roberts Ridge Park, complete with dedication plaques;
  • I work with the Neshaminy Creek Watershed Association to help maintain and restore Tyler Park by removing invasive species and planting new trees;
  • I’m a certified Tree Tender with expertise in helping new and established trees thrive; and
  • As a member of the Environmental Advisory Council, I plan to author a committee recommendation to the Board of Supervisors that they encourage a reduction in the amount of single-use plastics and polystyrene in the township.

I’m an active member of the Newtown Democrats and currently serve as Parliamentarian of the club’s Executive Board. I’m also a Democratic Committee Person for Newtown Township District 6.  I’ve done extensive Voter Registration drives for candidates in Bucks and Philadelphia Counties and have also held volunteer campaign positions in local and national elections.

I’m a good communicator with the ability to set goals and bring people together. As Supervisor, I look forward to getting Newtown on a sound financial footing while also preserving the historic nature of our town. We must promote sustainable growth while protecting open space, managing building and zoning, and helping local businesses thrive.

 

I enjoy discovering Bucks County’s extensive trails with my friends and my dog, Nikki. Nikki, who loves to visit kids with illnesses as a certified comfort dog at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, is a celebrity in her neighborhood. Both Nikki and I are looking forward to resuming these activities when Corona Virus restrictions for these activities are lifted.

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