John Mack - Newtown Supervisor

John Mack

  • I am a 22-year resident of Newtown Township
  • I own a small pharmaceutical online publishing business
  • I am a member of the Newtown Business Association
  • I have B.A. degree from Franklin and Marshall College, an M.S. and MPhil degree in biochemistry from Columbia University and a M.A. degree in communication arts & computer graphics from the New York Institute of Technology
  • I am a member of the New York Academy of Sciences
  • I have served on the Country Bend Homeowners' Association Executive Board since April, 2015
  • I am married to my wonderful wife Debbie for 31 years and we have two grown sons who attended Council Rock North and the Pennsylvania State University

What Are the Responsibilities of Newtown Township Supervisors?

The Newtown Township Board of Supervisors (BoS) is responsible for overseeing all aspects of township government including finance, administration, public works, police, emergency services, codes enforcement, parks and recreation, and planning. The BOS hires all professional consultants including legal, planning and engineering services. The BOS is responsible for reviewing and approving or denying all land development plans and zoning amendment changes. 

Why I want to Be a Newtown Township Supervisor

First and foremost, I wish to be more involved in my community and build upon my ex-perience and success as a homeowners’ association (HOA) executive board member. The duties of a member of the township Board of Supervisors are similar to those of an HOA board member, but on a much larger scale.

My experience on the Country Bend HOA Board has been very rewarding in terms of accomplishing much needed changes that has gotten the community more involved in the governance process. I believe that better communications between the Newtown BoS and HOAs will help improve citizen participation in local government as well.

One of the accomplishments I am extremely proud of is getting the Country Bend HOA Board approval for installing new playgrounds that are up-to-code in terms of safety and compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. To do this, I started with a survey of homeowners via the HOA website, which I created and maintain. I then assembled and managed a “Tot Lot Committee” of volunteer parents who decided what new equipment would be installed, reviewed the vendor bids, and made a recommendation to the HOA board regarding which vendor to work with.

That project improved our community and attracted new, younger families to live in our neighborhood. This, I believe, is an essential goal for Newtown. It is good for home values and for business.

I have been proactive in communicating with the Township about the condition of the roads and speeding in my neighborhood. In doing so, I have been praised for my passion and enthusiasm in representing my community. As a result, Everett Drive will be repaved in 2018 and speed signs were placed on Davis Lane recently.

As supervisor I will be in a position to fight for similar improvements on behalf of the entire Newtown community and represent interests of residents no matter what their political party affiliation.

How Familiar am I With the Issues Before the Board of Supervisors?

First, as an HOA Board member, I am familiar with the issues of importance to the residents of our community, such as the quality of our drinking water, fracking, traffic, preservation of open space, opioid addiction and drug overdose, and other issues. Many of these issues involve chemicals in our environment. As someone trained in chemistry and pharmacology, I am in a unique position to evaluate the threats posed by chemicals. If elected Supervisor, I will bring my knowledge and training to the table in order to address these issues and inform the public.

I am currently surveying Township residents to better understand which issues are most important to them (see survey). From the preliminary results, I know that the quality of drinking water is the #1 concern. I spoke with Dan Angove, Assistant General Manager of the Newtown Artesian Water Company, who said they have tested for PFOS and PFOA recently and these were undetectable in our water supply. If I am elected Supervisor, I will support more informative and more easily understood reports regarding our town's water quality.

Second, with regard to specific issues before the Board, I have reviewed the minutes of meetings held in the last several months and have attended several meetings in person. I will continue to do both to continue to learn about the issues.

Third, I have two great mentors in Jen Dix and Phil Calabro who are currently on the Board of Supervisors. They have been a great resource for me to get up to speed on current issues before the Board.

What Can I Offer the Board That is Unique?

There is one area where I believe the Newtown Board can use my unique talents as a communications professional – and that is in improving communications with the 20,000 people who reside in Newtown Township.

I have posted live video on my Facebook page from selected meetings so that residents who cannot attend in person can not only see and hear the debate but participate as well. I hope to continue to use this and other social media technology to improve communications between the BoS and Town residents if and when I am elected as a BoS member.

In addition, as a Newtown Township BOS member I hope to keep my HOA and other HOAs up to date and involved in township issues and decisions that may affect the members.

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