John Mack - Newtown Supervisor

Broadcasts of Newtown Board of Supervisors Meetings

The Newtown Board of Supervisors (BOS) meetings are recorded and can later be viewed via channel 22 on Comcast Xfinity and Chanel 40 on Verizon FIOS (see schedule below). You can also view the meetings live on these channels. Videos of past meetings can also be viewed on the Township website here.

WARNING! The video quality really stinks! This is just one of the things I'd like to improve so that residents can better see and hear what's going on at these meetings. It's part and parcel of government transparency, IMHO!

Posted on 05 Jan 2018, 12:34 - Category: Governance

Survey of Winning Candidates - Top Level Results

In November-December 2017, after Democrat candidates swept many local municipality elections, the Bucks County Democratic Committee (BCDC) fielded a survey of winning supervisors and council members asking them about factors that lead to their win, what approaches were used in the campaign, how much money was spent, etc. The survey collected 29 responses, all from winning Democrats, of course.

Get-Out-The-Vote Campaign was Critical

  • Top factors contributing to wins are GOTV (Get Out The Vote), especially canvassing & strong local municipal organization (see chart below)
  • Most prevalent approaches were canvassing, signs, in-person fundraising, snail mail, social media and meet & greets

The GOTV effort – mostly through canvassing – was very important, especially for someone like me who never ran for office before. Not only was that critical for getting people to know me and to vote for me, it also gave me an opportunity to speak to residents about issues that were important to them. I surveyed and polled residents on the issues as well (for more on that, read “Newtown Speaks Out on the Issues”).

Under “Other,” I included my blog and email newsletter, which continue to to be important ways for me to inform residents about important issues.

Follow the Money

  • Campaigns spent anywhere from $0 (unopposed) to $50,000; average was about $9000; on average, candidate self-funding was $626 (see table below)

After the primary and before the election, I spent $651.12 out of my own pocket, mostly for my website (, which I will continue to maintain, pamphlet printing fees, postage and envelopes for mailings sent to a couple of hundred people I met while canvassing, and Facebook ads.

Of course, my team (Newtown’s Voice) spent much more than that to fund the campaign of three Supervisor candidates; i.e., Phil Calabro, Linda Bobrin, and myself. For the period from June 6, 2017 through October 23, 2017, Newtown’s Voice Spent $31,559 according to Campaign Finance Reports filed with the Bucks County Board of Elections. The Republican team (Newtown First) spent $46,363 during the same period.

Posted on 04 Jan 2018, 13:12 - Category: Survey Results

John Mack’s Welcome Speech

John Mack's comments made at the January 2, 2018, Board of Supervisors Reorganization meeting.

Posted on 03 Jan 2018, 10:43 - Category: Governance

The Reorganization of Newtown Township's Leadership

Organization of the Board of Supervisors

  • Phil Calabro elected as Chairman
  • Jen Dix elected as Vice-Chairman
  • John Mack elected as Secretary/Assistant Treasurer


  • Kurt Ferguson appointed as Township Manager and Treasurer
  • The Law Offices of Sean Kilkenny appointed as Township Solicitor
  • Donna Moran-Griff appointed as Board of Supervisors Recording Secretary


  • Bill Wall appointed to Zoning Hearing Board (5 Year Term)


  • Remington & Vernick Engineers as Township Civil Engineers and Building Inspectors
  • T&M Associates as Township Traffic Engineers and for GIS  services
  • The law firm of Curtin & Heefner as Township Labor Attorneys
  • CKS Engineering as Township Planners
  • Glenn Forsyth as Emergency Management Coordinator                                 


  • Peg Dissinger appointed to Vacancy Board (1-year term)
  • Andrew Jacobs and Mark Joseph appointed to Planning Commission (4-year term)
  • Sue Sutton and Rachel Chafetz appointed to Parks & Recreation Board (3-year term)
  • David Wolcott appointed to Newtown Area Joint Historic Commission (4-year term)
  • Mary Donaldson and Remington & Vernick Engineers (as Building Inspector) appointed to Historical Architectural Review Board (4-year term)
  • Jerry Schenkman  appointed to Newtown Joint Municipal Sewer Authority Board (5-year term)
  • Amy Easterly, George SkladanyNeil Schnitzer, and Brenna Luczyszyn  appointed to Environmental Advisory Council (3-year term)
  • Jo Vlatstaris, Jack  Melvin, and Tim Clausz appointed to Technology Committee (3-year term)
  • John Mack appointed to Tax Collection Management Committee as Tax Collection Committee Delegate and Kurt Ferguson as alternate


  • John Mack and Jen Dix: Newtown Fire Association
  • John Mack and Kyle Davis: Homeowners Associations
  • John Mack and Kyle Davis: Technology Committee
  • John Mack and Linda Bobrin: Council Rock School Board 
  • John Mack: Community Service Organizations
  • John Mack: Newtown American Legion Ambulance Squad

  • Phil Calabro and Linda Bobrin: County Tax Board
  • Phil Calabro: Bucks County Community College
  • Phil Calabro: Newtown Borough Council
  • Phil Calabro: Planning Commission

  • Jen Dix: Environmental Advisory Council
  • Jen Dix: Historical Architecture Review Board
  • Jen Dix: Newtown Joint Historical Commission
  • Jen Dix/all supervisors: Joint Zoning Council

  • Linda Bobrin: Bucks County Association of Township Officials
  • Linda Bobrin: Joint Municipal Sewer Authority

  • Kyle Davis: Council Rock Senior Center
  • Kyle Davis: Parks and Recreation Board

Posted on 02 Jan 2018, 01:40 - Category: Governance

Ryan Gallagher & Gerry Couch Make Their Farewell Speeches

Newtown Supervisors Ryan Gallagher and Gerald Couch make their farewell speeches at the December 27, 2017 Board of Supervisors meeting.

Posted on 29 Dec 2017, 13:52 - Category: Governance

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