2021 Primary Election Candidates
2021 is an important year for West Goshen. Even though all attention for the past few years has been on National politics, locally Democrats have made important in-roads in West Goshen and Chester County. This year there are 2 Supervisor and 1 Auditor position open at the Municipal level. There are also several school board positions open. These local candidates are presented below, each having served important positions on committees in the township.
John Hellmann for Supervisor
John Hellmann is currently serving on the West Goshen Board of Supervisors, appointed to fill the vacancy left by Chris Pielli upon his election as the Chester County Recorder of Deeds in 2019. He, his wife, and three children have lived in West Goshen since 1987.
Prior to retirement, John worked as an electrician for 38 years with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
Before serving his electrical apprenticeship, he attended Temple University earning a bachelor's degree in liberal arts. He is currently enrolled in the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors Graduate Program.
John graduated from St. Joe’s Prep and is an Eagle Scout.
He is seeking election to the full six year term as a Supervisor.
Tinamarie Smith for Supervisor
Tinamarie Smith is a 54 year township resident with her husband and two boys, graduates from the West Chester Area School District.
She worked for 38 years in regulatory and environmental compliance for industry and in a consulting role to protect the environment. This work involved a cross section of government and regulatory agencies in all 50 states.
Tinamarie wants to apply her environmental experience and leadership to give back to the community. As a Supervisor, she can help manage and implement proactive environmental policies at the township level.
Tinamarie has served on the West Goshen Sewer Authority Board for 4 years, working with engineers, township employees, and the board to improve sewer infrastructure.
She also serves on the Sustainability Advisory Committee (SAC), with initiatives like solar energy, elimination of plastic bags, a community garden, electric/hybrid fleet for the township, improve pedestrian bicycle access, and storm water issues.
She has an Associate and Bachelor of Science Degrees.
She is seeking election to a six year term as Supervisor
Cyndy Sheikh for Auditor
Cyndy is a lifelong resident of Chester County, having been born and raised in West Goshen. She moved back to West Goshen in 2006.
She has 18 years of experience in the water/wastewater treatment industry, and currently serves on the West Goshen Sustainability Advisory Committee.
Cyndy is seeking a six year term as Auditor.
Angela Emrich for Tax Collecctor
Angela Emrich is a 20-year resident of West Goshen. She and her husband Eric have 3 children, her 2 daughters graduated from Rustin HS and are currently in college, and her son is a student in the WCASD.
Angela has spent the last 14 years raising her children and volunteering in her community. She serves on the Board of Directors and as Treasurer for Family Promise of Southern Chester County. She is actively involved in her church where, as Co-Chair of the Outreach Committee, she runs Rise Against Hunger meal packaging events that have packaged nearly 500,000 meals over 9 years, and she organized diaper drives that collected and distributed approximately 45,000 diapers and wipes to 7 organizations that work with mothers in need in Chester County. Angela is also a volunteer at The West Chester Food Cupboard.
Angela spent 13 years in the Equipment Leasing Industry where she ran the Corporate, Sales and Personal Property Tax Department. Prior to that she spent 5 years in public accounting where she earned her CPA and focused on Corporate and Partnership Taxation. Angela has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Hofstra University and a Master of Taxation from Villanova.
She is seeking election to a 4-year term as Tax Collector.