Two newly-elected democrats and two incumbent republican board members took office Monday on the Tredyffrin Township Board of Supervisors.
During a special reorganization meeting Monday Democrats Mark Freed and Murph Wysocki were sworn in as the first democrats to serve on the board in years, breaking a 7-0 Republican grip on the board.
Republicans Mike Heaberg and Kristin Mayock were elected Chairman and Vice Chairman of the board by their fellow board members. In a short speech marking the start of his tenure as chairman, Heaberg applauded his predecessor, Michelle Kichline who did not win re-election in November and praised the professional staff that runs day to day operations in the township under the Board of Supervisors supervision. Looking to the future of a board which now includes Democrats for the first time in years, Heaberg quote car maker Henry Ford who said "Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success. "
Wysocki says he and Freed have already been made to feel welcome by their new Republican colleagues on the board. TT Democrats party Chairwoman Dariel Jamieson also told Patch that the republican board members have been welcoming to both Freed and Wysocki and that they looked forward to bipartisan cooperation, even if all members of the board may not always agree on issues as they arise. "Considering Republicans only represent 43% of the registered voters (in Tredyffrin) now there's diversity to represent a much wider cross section (of township residents)," Jamieson told Patch following Monday night's Board of Supervisors meeting.