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Professional Accomplishments

Open Space/Environmental Preservation

    Jim has:

    • Co-chaired a task force establishing a $100 million-dollar county open space program.
    • Fought to ensure state protection of the 35-mile Unami Watershed located in Bucks, Lehigh, and Montgomery Counties.
    • Established joint regional zoning planning for the following municipalities located in the Upper Perkiomen Valley (northern Montgomery County): Marlborough and Upper Hanover Townships; East Greenville, Green Lane, Pennsburg, and Red Hill Boroughs.
    • Led the “Voyage of Rediscovery” of the Schuylkill River Greenway.
    • Co-founded the Montgomery County Lands Trust.
    • Led a township, county, and state effort to remove 800,000 abandoned tires from a local dump.
    • Sponsored an increase of $600,000 in county funds to preserve farms in Montgomery County.

Health and Human Services

    Jim has:

    • Increased funding for county health programs to fight infant mortality.
    • Sponsored a countywide Healthy Baby Conference.
    • Sponsored funding for the Lansdale Community Health Service Center.
    • Initiated a successful state effort to increase funding for developmentally disabled adults living at home without services.
    • Established a county respite program providing short-term respite care at county facilities (to help older caregivers with disabled family members living at home).

Public Safety

    Jim has:

    • Initiated a countywide free gun trigger-lock safety program.
    • Increased staffing for the 911 Emergency Center.
    • Sponsored expansion of the Fire Training Academy.


    Jim has:

    • Established a program to honor Korean War Veterans in the public schools of Montgomery County.
    • Authored regulations requiring golf courses participating in the Act 515 Open Space Program to ban discrimination based on gender, religion, or ethnicity by private or public clubs.


    Jim has:

    • Sponsored a county revitalization program to rebuild older towns and boroughs in Montgomery County.

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