Samara O'Shea

Madam Tax Collector

Dear Friends,

I hope this finds you well and enjoying summer.

I’ve gathered you all here to tell you that I am running for local office. More specifically, I am running for Tax Collector (TC) of West Norriton Township, PA. Allow me to explain…

Why: I was disheartened by the results of the 2016 presidential election and felt called to be more involved in my community. I asked a friend who is involved in local politics for advice. He recommended I run for TC. When I met with officials from the county, I was told: “If you can balance a check book, you can be the TC.” No complex accounting skills needed. I asked, “What good can the TC do?” I was told the TC can help people who are delinquent on their taxes find resources with which to pay and advocate on their behalf with the county. I thought: I have a master’s degree in social work, I can do that!

TC is not a full time job. It’s similar to running a small business on the side (I’m told). TC is a paid position. TC receives a commission on the taxes s/he collects.

When: The election will be held November 7th. There’s a good chance your township/county/city is having an election that same day. Look into your local candidates and vote! I am running against the Republican incumbent who has held the position for 8 years. The TC term is 4 years and there is no limit to how many times you can run.

How: Now here’s the part where I ask for money. I am a politician after all =). Any amount is greatly appreciated!! You can click here to donate through Act Blue.

Fine Print: I emailed this message to my friends and some asked if they could donate to me individually and not to the West Norrition Democrats. You’ll notice on the Act Blue page that any donation would also go to the three candidates for township Commissioner. I looked into it and the answer is, unfortunately, no. In order for me to accept individual donations I would have to set up my own PAC. I told one friend this and he said, “This is why the socialist democrats never win anything!” And then he donated ;).

Finally: I am proud to be among the many women inspired to run locally in 2017!

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