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Spotlight: Commissioner Jake Abel

By Connor Walsh

I had the honor to interview my neighbor Mr. Jake Abel. Mr. Abel is Noah, Eli, Ben and Adam’s father. Noah, Eli and Ben go to Wayne Elementary School. I’ve played on sports teams with Noah. Each day I see Mr. ‘Jake’ at my bus stop. Mr. ‘Jake’ won the election for commissioner of the 6th Ward in November 2017. I thought it would be good to learn more about what commissioners do.

Q:  What is a commissioner?

A:  A commissioner is a representative of a Ward. A Ward is a smaller area of a township. There are 7 Wards in Radnor Township. There are 7 commissioners in Radnor. Mr. Jake Abel is the 6th Ward Commissioner. Mr. ‘Jake’ and the other commissioners get together and come up with good laws and vote on them.

Q:  Why did you want to become a commissioner?

A:  Since college, Mr. Abel has worked in government. He always wants to give back to the community by being a civil servant.

Q:  Is the commissioner your full time job?

No, but Mr. Abel says it feels like a full time job. It takes a lot of time to go door to door and talk with neighbors, answering phone calls, commissioner meetings and town hall meetings.

Q:  What is the hardest part about your job?

A:  To find time to get things done. Another challenge that Mr. Abel mentioned is to be able to compromise with other commissioners on different township matters.

Q:  How do you become commissioner?

A:  First, you need to be nominated by your party (Republican, Democrat or Independent). Then you need to campaign. Then you need to get enough votes to win the election.

Q:  What do you like most about being commissioner?

A:  Mr. Abel, loves visiting and to talking to neighbors. Mr. Abel has a goal where he wants to get younger people to be involved in politics so they can help their communities.

I enjoyed having Mr. ‘Jake’ at my house for the interview. Being a commissioner involves having a background in government or politics, being open to new ideas and be willing to work a lot. If you want to be a commissioner someday, you need realize there is a lot of work and may not have as much free time but you will get to know your neighbors better. Commissioner Abel’s biggest goal to make sure all kids can grow up in the safest neighborhoods possible. Maybe someday, we can make as big a difference in our community.

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