Sean Moir and Rich Brake come from opposite sides of the political fence. They descirbe themselves as two friends with one goal: breaking through political rhetoric to find ways to make life better for everyone in Tredyffrin and Easttown.
To that end, Moir and Brake are orgainzing a town hall meeting on Monday February 20 (President's Day) from 7-9 p.m. at St. Luke Lutheran Church, 203 North Valley Forge Road, Devon, PA.
Here's how Brake describes the effort and what's behind it in an email to TE Patch:
The idea for this initiative was a joint effort between my friend Sean Moir and myself. Sean and I have a lot of things in common: for instance, we love the Phillies, craft beer, and American history. We also love our community, and work hard to make it better. The only catch is that I'm a Republican and Sean is a Democrat. But we're out to prove that there's a way to stay to true to your principles, sometimes disagree, but in the end be able to forge common ground that can move Tredyffrin forward. We also want to provide a forum for our talented citizenry, on their own terms, to be able to come together to discuss and deliberate over some of the big issues that face our community.
Our idea is two-fold.
First, we are conducting a simple four-question on-line survey that asks Tredyffrin residents to provide their ideas on how to improve our local economy and schools.
You can take the survey here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/K67QSLW When you're done, please forward this link to as many residents as you can, encouraging them to share their views as well. It's completely confidential.
Second, we plan to host a capstone citizen forum, designed to report on the results of the survey as well as solicit citizen ideas on how best to implement particular recommendations that reflect community consensus. It is our hope that from this forum can emerge a set of concrete proposals that can then be forwarded in a no-strings-attached fashion to the respecting governing boards in the township. Perhaps there will be a couple of ideas that can help our officials improve both our economic climate and our local schools.
For more about the "The Devon Petitions: Community Solutions for a Better Tredyffrin” project click on the attached pdf press release. You can also click here to read more on Pattye Benson's recent local voices blog about the Devon Petitions.