Author: Michel Lee

Kirkland becomes mayor, remains state rep. also

In a rarely used political maneuver, Chester’s newly-inaugurated mayor, Thaddeus Kirkland, rescinded his early December resignation as a state representative and announced in a quiet New Year’s Eve press release that he will hold both elected positions, at least temporarily. Kirkland, who was inaugurated Monday as mayor, has been a Pennsylvania state representative of the 159th District for the last 24 years. In brief remarks after being sworn-in as mayor, Kirkland choked back tears in thanking residents, his family, members of his church congregation and fellow officials for supporting his election. On Dec. 8th, Kirkland announced his retirement on the House floor during a regular session that week but changed his mind just days before accepting the mayor’s mantle. “I will serve in two capacities: the mayor of Chester City and the state representative of the 159th Legislative District. Until there’s an ultimate resolution of the 2015-16 state budget, I want to be sure my constituents are represented and that they have a voice in the process,” Kirkland said to House leaders. “My constituent service offices will remain open during this time to provide state-related help to those I proudly represent.” The practice of holding two elected positions at once is known as “dual office-holding” and is prohibited in many states, but may be allowed under some circumstances. New Jersey banned dual office-holding in September 2007 but allowed 19...

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Yeadon NAACP hosts 20th Kwanzaa celebration

Kwanzaa started on Dec. 26th and was celebrated throughout the week, until Jan. 1st and the Yeadon Chapter NAACP, in partnership with the Yeadon Public Library, hosted its condensed, 20th annual celebration with a grand show featuring storytelling, recitation of the holiday’s principles with the lighting of the candles, music and performances and food. Guests filed into Yeadon Borough Hall’s auditorium and were greeted by a band playing traditional African drums. Robert E. Wright, Sr., first vice president of the NAACP, chairperson of its Education Committee, retired educator and board member of the William Penn School District, dressed in...

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