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Dan DeCarlo – Commissioner Candidate

DanDeCarloHeadshotDan DeCarlo is a very loving (and tall) husband, father, and coach. He is active in township issues and possesses the financial expertise to help make good fiscal decisions. He volunteers and coaches in our township, and now is running for Township Commissioner of Ward 7.

Below are questions we asked of Dan to have you, as voters, get to know what he is all about:

What are some of your accomplishments within the community?

I have coached in the Oreland Wyndmoor Little League for the past eight years. I am probably one of the few who have coached on every level, including assisting with the Challenger baseball league. I have also coached in the township basketball league and Holy Martyrs CYO basketball.

I am a member of the Municipal Campus Advisory committee where I am assisting the township commissioners in the project to replace the library, publics works building and the remodeling of the police and administration building.

I am an active member of Holy Martyrs church and volunteer there on a regular basis, most recently at the annual fall carnival.

What do you think would make you a good commissioner?

I will be responsive to the needs of the township. With my finance background, I will make good fiscal decisions and ensure that the taxpayer’s dollars are spend wisely. I care deeply about the township and believe it is an amazing place to live. I want to keep it that way.

DanDeCarloSignWhat are your goals as a commissioner?

There are several issues that will have a significant impact on the community in the coming years. They are:

  • Sale of the sewer system
  • Municipal campus project
  • Lloyd tract development
  • Tecce tract development
  • Tank car

My goals in dealing with each of these issues are:

  • Grow responsibly – the township will continue to grow (Lloyd tract, Tecce tract) but it needs to be done responsibly so that the township can continue to offer its residents the services they have become accustomed to.
  • Be responsive to the needs of the township – when the residents have an issue, it will be my responsibility (along with the other commissioners) to respond in a timely and effective manner. For example, I assisted the commissioners with the 309 billboard issue where the bright lights were an issue for the residents of Summit Lane and Sandy Hill road. We have worked with the owner to come up with a solution that requires the owner to turn off the billboard after 7:30 at night until he adheres to the contract and has the foliage in place that blocks the light emanating from the billboard.
  • Improve services for youth and seniors – when the township purchases the Tank Car property I will work to ensure that the land is used as fields for the township youth to use for recreational purposes. Also, as part of the municipal campus, I will work with the developers to create meeting places for the township’s seniors at the new library.
Why should people vote for you?

I have been a resident of the township for 15 years. I am very invested in this community and care for it deeply. I will always do what is best for the residents of the township. I will be responsive to the needs of the residents, will ensure that the township grows responsibly and will always do what is in the best interests of the township.

What is your full time job?

I work at the Senior Finance Director for Publicis Touchpoint Solutions. PTS provides sales and marketing services for the Pharmaceutical industry. I manage the Finance and Accounting functions for the company.

Do you volunteer?

I am a volunteer coach for Holy Martyrs CYO basketball and the Oreland Wyndmoor Little League.

Do you support any causes or non-profit organizations?

In the past I was on the Board of Directors for Aldersgate Youth Services, a social services organization located in Willow Grove. I was on the board for 11 years and served as its Treasurer.

DanDeCarloFamilyCroppedOn the Personal Side…

Why did you choose to live in Springfield?

Springfield is a wonderful township with great schools and a very close, tight knit community. We love our neighborhood and can’t imagine living anywhere else. The township is safe, clean and provides amazing service to its residents. I like how close the community is, how we rally around each other and support everyone.

Do you have a favorite business?

We were frequent patrons of Bernie’s and will be sad to see it go. We are looking forward to the opening of Tamarindos on Bethlehem Pike. I have not yet been to Movie Tavern but it hear it is awesome.

Do you have a favorite event in Springfield?

The Holy Martyrs carnival is always a fun time and one of my family’s favorite events.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I spend a lot of time with my family. I have three kids (16, 14 and 11). I enjoy attending their sporting events and school functions. I also enjoy projects around the house. I like to think I am very handy (especially for a finance guy).

What superpowers would you choose if you could choose one?

I wish I could fly. That way I would never miss a kid’s game or my wife’s wonderful cooking.

If you had just one wish, what would it be?

I wish I could one day dance with my oldest daughter, Danielle.

Have you traveled internationally?

I have traveled to Mexico for my honeymoon and to Honduras to help my wife with her research for her dissertation.

Where have you travelled in the US, and which location is your favorite?

I have traveled to many cities in the US. At last count I have been to 38 of the 50 states. My favorite location… San Francisco (with Chicago a close second).

What’s your favorite invention or something you can’t you live without, besides your phone?

I can’t imagine life without my snow blower. It is the greatest invention in the history of mankind!

We hope you enjoyed getting to know Dan DeCarlo. To follow his campaign on Facebook, click here. Make sure you get out and vote this November. Local elections directly impact you! View candidates on your ballot here.