Samara O'Shea

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The Results are In…

Friday, November 10th, 2017

…and I did not win. I am disappointed but not defeated. I received 1,594 votes and my opponent received 1,684 votes. I lost by only 90 votes! I’m glad to have come so close. In good news: The 3 commissioner candidates I was running with won. The township I live in has its first democratic majority (4 out of 5 commissioners) in the township’s history. Thank you President Trump =).

I am grateful for this experience. Going door to door. Making phone calls. Meetings in church basements. Hashtag democracy! Proud to be one of the many women who stepped up to the plate. I might even run again for something someday. For now, I’m going to rest well into the New Year.

Wishing a wonderful Thanksgiving and stress-free holiday season to all!

Madam Tax Collector

Saturday, August 12th, 2017

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!

Second Marriages on Parade

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Last week my second write-up for Romance at Random was posted–called 6 Celebrity 2nd Marriages That Have Gone the Distance. While they’re not celebrities, I’d like to add my parents to the list. My mother married whimsically at the age of 19 and it was over by the time she was 22. At 29 she married my father and 35 years later they still get a kick out of each other. Here’s to the second time around!

Surprises and Stalking

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

I’m very excited about my first (there will be more!) contribution to a website called Romance at Random. It’s a short and sweet write-up called 5 Ways to Surprise Your Man.

In other digital news, my friend Rachel wrote a great essay called Why I Stopped Facebook-Stalking My Ex and kindly mentioned Loves Me…Not.

The Better Show

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

If you have 6:54 minutes to spare…watch this interview I did with The Better Show. It was a fun powwow!

It’s Pub Day!

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

“Nothing takes the taste out of peanut butter quite like unrequited love.”
~ Charlie Brown

Don’t move. You don’t have to go anywhere. You can buy my book from wherever you may be. The paperback is available here. While the kindle version is available here. You can buy it in a box. You can buy it with a fox. You can buy it in the rain. You can buy it on the train. I hope you enjoy!

The Awesome Thing My Aunt Did After Her Divorce

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Here’s my latest contribution to the HuffPo…and it happens to be a short except from the book!