Laudenslager, Purnell take West Goshen Republic ticket

This article can be found published on the Daily Local News‘ website.
(Daily Local News)

(Daily Local News)

WEST GOSHEN — In a race for two seats on the Board of Supervisors for West Goshen Township, four Republicans were vying for the spots on the ballot come November.

Hugh Purnell, Jr., and Jeffrey Laudenslager took the two spots on the Republican ballot over Robert Little and incumbent Ted Murphy.

“I was very pleased with the election results,” Laudenslager said. “Of course, as usual, I’m a little disappointed in an off-year primary with the turnout, but with the people who did come out, I was very pleased with the support that they showed.

“I’m thinking and hoping that has a lot to do with my experience and background and people identifying those things as being potential benefits to the township.”

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Purnell came away with 748 votes, or 34 percent, while Laudenslager had 695, or 32 percent.

Little had 316 votes, or 15 percent, and Murphy came away with 310 votes, or 14 percent.

Government isn’t new to Laudenslager, who has spent not only time on the county government — he retired about a year ago —but also as part of West Goshen’s Planning Commission.

“I’ve been involved on the West Goshen Planning Commission for over 20 years as a chairman and member and involved in various other projects with the township,” he said. “I really already have been involved with West Goshen for probably 22 years.”

After retiring from county government, Laudenslager was approached by Dr. Robert White to serve on the board.

“He was a 30-year supervisor in West Goshen Township and probably one of the most dedicated public servants that you’ll ever see,” Laudenslager said. “I agreed to run and we were going to, along with other supervisors, work together and try to keep West Goshen at the forefront.

“West Goshen is one of the most highly rated townships in really, all of the United States by Money Magazine and some other publications. We just wanted to work together and make sure the township remain one of the best places to live in the United States.”

Unfortunately, White was died after tragically being hit by an automobile outside a ShopRite in August 2014.

Not only did West Goshen lose a beloved resident, but Laudenslager also lost his mentor.

“I wanted to continue the process and try to become a supervisor here in West Goshen. I just wanted to continue on and be involved and see if some of my background and knowledge would be helpful to township government.”

Now that he and Purnell, who ran as a team and will continue to do so leading into November, have secured the Republican ticket, they want to get the word out about what they can bring to the township.

“I want to get the message out as far as my qualifications and background with the township,” Laudenslager said. “I want to take a look at what’s going on in the township and seeing what I can assist with. We’re a great township, but there are things we can make even better. I think the public really warmed to the idea of both Hugh and I being possibly added to the team and working for West Goshen residents.”

All results are unofficial until certified.

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