1. Why are you running for township council? Why now?
Heather Cooper is running for a seat on the Evesham Township Council because, all her life, she has had a strong desire to give back to the community. Heather deeply cares about accountability and transparency in government because of what those values can do to better people’s lives and knowledge. Heather also supports better, smarter investment in our local infrastructure and economic development.
Heather is running for a seat this year because she has learned from experience that real change, change that can improve people’s lives, really starts locally and that there is no reason to wait when one wants to improve everyone’s quality of life.
2. What other boards or organizations have you been part of and how have these experiences prepared you to be a council member?
Heather Cooper is actively involved in Evesham Township and surrounding communities. Heather is a Board Member of The Meadows Homeowners Association, where she and her family live and a Board Member at her church, Hope United Methodist. Heather is an advocate for individuals with disabilities in public school systems, a PTO member for her child’s elementary school, a Red Cross CPR and First Aid Instructor, and Registered Yoga Instructor.
Heather’s experiences with volunteering and advocacy have fed into her desire to help so many people. Heather is a deeply caring and sympathetic individual who does not discard people’s concerns or problems. Heather’s understanding and sympathetic attitude will be an asset on Township Council where she can be an ear and a voice for all residents of Evesham.
3. What do you think are the top issues facing Evesham and how would you address them?
Heather Cooper and her running mate for Township Council, Patricia Hansen, and Jaclyn Veasy for Mayor, developed a platform that focus on several issues. At the top of the list is keeping our community and children safe. That’s the most essential job of any public servant. By building a stronger relationship with and developing a comprehensive safety plan with the school district and other community organizations in town, Heather, Patricia, and Jackie will tackle concerns about gun violence in schools, the opioid crisis, and other ills that could endanger residents.
Another important issue is economic development. Heather, Patricia, and Jackie know that public officials should not stand in the way of progress. However, as elected officials they can stand up for the residents and neighborhoods that have concerns about new developments. Progress should be paired with respect for neighborhood concerns as well as the history and identity of our town, along with sustainability and creating a strong, resilient economy that can withstand economic downturns.
As a parent and taxpayer, Heather is very concerned about the relationship between the Township Council and School District. Heather wants to lead by example and develop a strong working relationship between the Township and School District based on mutual respect and benefit for taxpayers and students alike.
4. Describe a time when you had a conflict or a conflicting view or opinion with someone you work with. How did you handle it? What was the result?
Heather Cooper, as a board member in various groups, has seen that conflict among members can occur frequently. Those who participate have different views and opinions and must work in collaboration in order to come to an agreement on decisions that work for the greater good. Most recently, Heather’s homeowner’s association wanted to increase dues to cover costs for capital improvements. The Board was conflicted on how to address funding for the necessary costs for repaving and storm clean-up, which were risk issues for the whole community.
It was important that Heather spoke from her perspective as a member of the association and as a Board member. Heather had to consider what most people would want and suggested polling the residents and getting input through a special meeting before any vote was implemented.
The other members of the Board decided to send out a vote to the community with little information about the need for an increase. The members were very upset and Heather stepped forward and voiced the importance of going back to the original plan to hold the meeting. The Board members agreed to hold a special meeting and gain input from all of the members before making a final decision. It was a pivotal moment of conflict that helped them work more closely together and gain more participation from our members in the association.
5. How are you funding your campaign?
Heather Cooper and her running mate for Township Council, Patricia Hansen, and Mayoral candidate Jaclyn Veasy, are raising funds from individual donors and, thanks to their position of creating more local jobs from all of the development occurring, have received local union support.
6. How can voters learn more about you and your campaign?
Voters can learn more about Heather Cooper, Patricia Hansen, and Jaclyn Veasy on their website, vch4evesham.com and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Residents can also host the candidates for a house party with neighbors and friends, or join them for door-knocking and other volunteer opportunities.