Less than a week after it endorsed Kevin O’Donoghue for supervisor in Concord Township, Save the Valley has retracted that endorsement. According to an email, the retraction stems from a recent mailing by the Concord Township Republican Party, which O’Donoghue chairs.
The mailing “unfortunately succumbs to the worst kind of partisan politics. The mailer contains distortions and misrepresentations, and is a disingenuous effort to address important issues. Accordingly, Save the Valley can no longer recommend that voters in Concord consider O’Donoghue as a credible open-space candidate and a leader for change. We come to this conclusion not with any glee, but instead with profound disappointment.”
Save the Valley takes issue with several statements made in the GOP mailing. It says saying that the township contains 2,000 acres of open space is misleading unless cemeteries, golf courses, and restricted prison grounds are counted in the mix, along with open ground beneath high tension lines.
“To claim these areas as open space and boast about the amount of township resources that are used to maintain them, as O’Donoghue does, disqualifies him as a credible open-space candidate,” the email said.
Save the Valley, known mostly for its opposition to the development of the Woodlawn Trustees property, also said: “The mailer contains an absurd claim that there is a plan to have Concord taxpayers buy Woodlawn’s property in Beaver Valley and raise taxes by 300 percent. Nothing could be further from the truth. It is a falsehood manufactured to scare voters.”
(That last comment has been a point of disagreement between the Concord Township Board of Supervisors and Save the Valley for years.)
And, the email said, “The mailer focuses on property taxes, but fails to mention increases in school taxes while O’Donoghue has been supervisor. Higher school taxes are a direct result of overdevelopment in Concord.”
O'Donoghue did not respond to a request for comment.
Save the Valley made its initial endorsements last week. In addition to O’Donoghue, it also endorsed Democrats John Wellington and Dan Foster.
Earlier in the week it endorsed Republican Samantha Reiner and Democrat Alan Horowitz for supervisor in Chadds Ford Township.