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Two Candidates Want to Lead Democrats of Lower Merion, Narberth

One would-be chair is concerned about "factions" in the party.

Two Candidates Want to Lead Democrats of Lower Merion, Narberth

For the second time since the November election, the chair of the Democratic Committee of Lower Merion and Narberth is resigning, prompting the party to take applications this week from anyone interested in the job.

So far, current vice-chair Marie Beresford and former Ward 1 Commissioner of Lower Merion Mark Taylor have applied.

"I want to work with you to get Democrats elected," Beresford said in a letter to committee members. "I want us to work together to bring even more Democrats into our party and to advocate for issues important to us. I believe I have the time, energy and experience to work with you to move the Democratic Committee of Lower Merion and Narberth forward."

The Ardmore resident cited her variety of experience at local political work, including running Richard Haaz's successful campaign last fall to become a judge on the Court of Common Pleas.

Taylor told Patch that, having been asked to run by more than a dozen party members after chairman Bill Leopold stepped down early this month,  "I felt an obligation and a loyalty to the party to do it."

"I'm being told by quite a few people that there are factions within the party," Taylor said. "My goal would be to try to unify the party and end those. ... We have a very important (election) year; we need to be at full, peak efficiency."

A Penn Valley resident, he  in January 2011, citing personal reasons. Taylor said he would be better equipped to accommodate the duties of committee chair with his work schedule.

Leopold was co-chair until Jill Stein stepped down after , in which Democrats retained all the Lower Merion Board of Commissioners and Narberth Borough Council seats they had held.

"I have decided to resign as chair of the Democratic Committee of Lower
Merion and Narberth," Leopold told Patch in an email. "The executive committee will be meeting over the next few weeks to decide the future leadership role in conjunction with the committee's by-laws, the committee people and what is in the best interest of the Democrats and residents of Lower Merion and Narberth."

Bob Wegbreit, chair of the local party's communications committee, told Patch that the party has asked prospective candidates to send letters of interest this week. The election will be held March 20 at Narberth borough headquarters.

Keep checking Patch for updates on this story.

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