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Brinckman Resigns from East Greenville Council
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer

Former member accuses members, mayor and candidate of 'deplorable behavior'


            One day after learning of his apparent defeat in the Republican primary election to a write-in candidate, Lon Brinckman II submitted his resignation as a member of East Greenville Borough Council. He cited a lack of trust with other members of council.  "I cannot in good conscience continue to work with individuals whom I no longer trust," Brinckman wrote in the June 4 letter.

            He accused council members Angie Fegely, Joe Rock, candidate John Dingler and Mayor Stephen Wescott of acting deplorably to help the incumbent hold on to his seat. Brinckman, whose four-year term on council expires at the end of the year, describes the episode as "a premeditated attack on my character that I will not stand for."

            On Monday night, the members voted unanimously to accept the resignation letter, which was received earlier in the day by Sharon Kachmar, East Greenville's secretary/treasurer. Fegely and Wescott declined to respond to Brinckman's accusations following Monday's public meeting. Brinckman did not attend the meeting.

            Council expects to appoint Brinckman's successor during its July 6 meeting. The deadline for candidates to submit an application is 3 p.m. on June 30, according to Fegely, the president of council.

            Wescott's name will appear on both tickets during the Nov. 9 General Election race for mayor after winning both primary races through a campaign engineered by Fegely. The registered Democrat received 104 Republican votes, defeating Brinckman – whose name appeared on the ballot – by 31 votes. He also received 75 votes in the Democratic side during the May 18 election, according to unofficial results displayed in an elections results chart posted June 3 on the Montgomery County website. The board of electors met Tuesday with the intent of certifying the results, according to county spokesperson Kelly Cofrancisco.

            "No one else was willing to step, so I changed my mind [about running] the night before the election," Wescott said after Monday's meeting. "Here I am today."

            Wescott reversed his decision not to run and decided to mount a write-in campaign following a conversation with Fegely the night before the election. In an email received last month, Fegely wrote that she decided to endorse his candidacy because he "is currently doing a good job and I've heard nothing but positive feedback about him. I feel Steve is a better candidate to continue as our mayor."

            In the letter, Brinckman claims that Fegely's comments to the Town and Country were a lie. He alleges that the council president used her authority as a committee member of the Montgomery County Republican Committee to strip his endorsement from the Election Day handouts. Brinckman surmises that the decision was made three to four weeks prior.

            "There is no way that the materials were approved, printed and distributed in time for the election, had this been decided the night before," Brinckman wrote.

            According to a May 23 email message from Fegely, head of the Area 1 GOP, Brinckman was never the party's endorsed candidate for the race.  Brinckman did not respond to a phone call and a text message sent Monday seeking additional comment.

            Wescott, who was appointed to his current position on Jan. 4 to replace Keith Gerhart, previously said that he would not be running for a full term as mayor. He cited personal reasons for his decision following a Feb. 15 council meeting.

            In an email message received Friday, May 21, Wescott declined to provide any details on his decision to run or the campaign.  "I have no comment. Thank you and have a good day," the incumbent mayor wrote in the message, received at 7:35 a.m.






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