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Charlestown Republican Committee
P.O. Box 427
Devault, PA 19432
Sue Staas
Charlie Philips

To: Charlestown Voters from Your Republican Committee
Sue Staas ( and Charlie Philips (
October 25, 1998

Election Day 1998 is November 3!. Please exercise your guaranteed freedom to vote. Your vote is especially important this Fall because Charlestown voters will decide whether to increase the number of elected supervisors from 3 to 5. This referendum question is on the ballot.

We are pleased that so many of you found our first newsletter informative. Your phone calls and e-mails are appreciated! You reaffirm that Charlestown residents care about the township and will express their opinions. We also found out that distributing the newsletters is a dangerous proposition on our major roads so we apologize for those of you whom we may have missed.

Current Republican Party News Items:

  • We received more than 50 responses to our questionnaire. We learned that you are especially concerned about the impact of the proposed turnpike slip ramp, open space, and restricting the extraction of water for commercial uses. You are eager to learn more about cluster zoning, villages and hamlets.
  • We are continually updating our voters’ list; and are pleased to report the addition of more than 50 new Republican voters in Charlestown.
  • Our heartfelt thanks to more than 30 of you who have volunteered to help distribute literature, stuff envelopes, and help with elections. The great news is that you are volunteering regardless of how you voted in the last election.

Current Charlestown Township News Items:

  • The Chester County Planning Commission will present its review of how Charlestown's current ordinances mesh with the county Landscapes concept on Nov. 2 at the Supervisors’ meeting.
  • An Open Space ordinance has been drafted by the Planning Commission as a result of a collaborative effort of many parties and has been forwarded to the Supervisors for review, comment, and public review.
  • The proposal to draft a water extraction ordinance to prevent commercial tapping of our precious water supply is moving forward in the planning commission.
  • The turnpike slip ramp proposal by the Pa Turnpike Commission is not dead. You should contact your state representatives to voice your opinions: Carole Rubley, 610-640-0157,, and Jim Gerlach, 610-458-8010, They are not hearing from Charlestown.

Republican Candidates on Nov. 3 include: Carole A. Rubley, State Representative, Jim Gerlach, State Senator, Curt Weldon, U. S. Congressman, Arlen Specter, U. S. Senator, Tom Ridge, Governor, Mark Schweiker, Lt. Governor.

Donations Needed
Printing and mailing costs money. Your committee receives minimal cash ($25) and minimal in-kind help such as duplicating and use of the bulk mail postage rate from the county committee to support this effort to communicate. We need your help. We would like to send you periodic communications; and we particularly would like to hold open meetings next Spring for you to meet and discuss your ideas with potential candidates for supervisor. We hope you will support us in our efforts to promote dialogue and participation in the affairs of our township.

Please send donations to: Charlestown Republican Committee, c/o Sue Staas or Charlie Philips, P.O. Box 427, Devault PA 19432

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