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Republican Candidate for State Rep Has Winning Formula, she says



Not only was Sunday’s Bristol Borough Stroll a success, Lower Bucks Source had the opportunity to speak with Bristol’s own Kelly Bellerby-Allen, Republican candidate for state Representative in the newly structured 141st legislative district.

Bellerby-Allen will once again face incumbent, state Representative Tina Davis (D-141).

Davis beat Bellerby-Allen decisively in 2020, by a little more than 7000 votes.- or 2 to 1 margin.  But the Republican candidate says with the newly formed district her chances of winning are significantly better this time around.

“I’m from Bristol and you know Bristolians always support each other. With Bristol Borough added to the district I can definitely win this time around”

Bellerby-Allen says that’s one aspect of her formula for winning the seat. Plus the fact, she says voters in the district register as Democrats so they can vote in local elections. She cited the success of Republican Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-1) who earned Democratic votes in past elections.

Her thinking is, turn out voters who are really Republicans at heart, but are registered Democrats.

Her campaign work has led to a local Republican resurgence in Bristol too with the creation of the Bristol Borough and Township Republicans group.

“I really think that’s a key to this race” she said.

Credit: Diana Munier

She’s been our door knocking every weekend, and has taken advantage of all the events in Bristol to meet and speak with voters, discussing her experience as a business owner and her volunteer work.

“Through my experience as a small business owner and volunteer, I believe I am ready to step up and serve the people of Lower Bucks” she said.

Often Bellerby- Allen is out campaigning in the district with fellow Republican state senatorial candidate Matt McCullough. He’s challenging current state Senator Steve Santarsierio for the 10th district seat.

Protecting our community’s economic growth is my number one priority. I will promote strong job growth in our community by both supporting our small businesses, as well as our trade and technical schools, has been her mantra this campaign season.

When speaking with area voters like she was doing Sunday when a registered voter walked into her hair salon, “Galmor” on Mill Street,  just to let Bellerbe-Allen, know she has his support and vote come November.

During the animated conversation, the candidate thanked the new Bristol area resident for his support explaining the 141st legislative district needs change, as her campaign literature says.

Credit: Jeff Bohen, Lower Bucks Source

“…We need people in government who understand what it means to be an average person, struggling to raise a family in Lower Bucks County. We need someone who knows the most important part of the job is being here for the people of our community.”

Bellerby-Allen intimated Davis’ incumbent status has led the current state Rep to expect voters to continue to support her, but where is she today? Not in Bristol for this beautiful event, she queered aloud. And she really hasn’t been available for her constituents either, she said.

I will be. I’ll be there for everyone and anyone when I am elected

Davis has held her seat for just about 12 years as she seeks reelection to a seventh term.

To find out more about Bellerby-Allen and the issues you can visit her campaign website by clicking here. To keep up events related to the campaign you can visit the Kelly Bellerby-Allen  for stat Representative Facebook page by clicking here. 

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  1. Lower Bucks Voter

    August 11, 2022 at 1:56 pm

    Nice article, but does this clown know how to spell check?

    Nice comment– can you be more specific,Clown?

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Education - Bristol Borough

Bristol Borough School District Hires from Within to Fill Principal, Asst Principal Positions at Elementary School



The Bristol Borough School District announced the hiring of new leadership beginning July 1 at Snyder-Girotti Elementary School.

Schoolboard President Dave Chichilitti said Wednesday he’s really excited about the appointments of Ms. Julie Balcer, as the new principal and Ms. Danielle Leyrer, as the elementary assistant principal at Snyder-Girotti.

Former principal Kelli Rosado tendered her resignation in March, officials said, however no explanation for her leaving in the middle of the academic year was provided.

Balcer began her educational journey in 2009 at Snyder-Girotti Elementary School. Over the past 15 years, she has made significant contributions as a 6th-grade teacher, a 5th-grade special education teacher, and later as a kindergarten teacher. In the past year, she has served as Dean of Students and Acting Principal of Snyder-Girotti, demonstrating her leadership skills and dedication to the school community, officials said.

Leyrer is a dedicated educator who is committed to empowering students and educators by fostering a supporting and enriching learning environment. She earned her bachelor’s degree in education from Millersville University. She completed her master’s degree and Principal Certification at Pennsylvania Western University – California, says a district release.

The duo were approved for the new “official” roles unanimously by the board last week.

Balcer is scheduled to make $125,000.00 per year and Leyrer has an 11- month contract coming in at just over $104,000.00.

Both Chichilitti and Truelove said they could not answer any questions with regards to any personal or social media related comments on personnel matters of any kind.

“As for social media posts not authorized by the District, we can’t comment on those matters…” in regard to recent allegations made and reported on by Lower Bucks Source last week which were commented on by a self-reported school district employee.

If any parent is having some kind of issue or concern, Chichilitti said, please reach out to us. We’re here for the students of school district and their parents and or guardians. We encourage everyone to contact us with questions.







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Education - Bensalem Township

Scholarship for Foundation A. Marlyn Moyer, Jr. Application Deadline Extended




The deadline for submitted applications to the A. Marlyn Moyer, Jr. Scholarship Foundation has been extended to July 6, 2024, said foundation officials.

The A. Marlyn Moyer, Jr. Scholarship Foundation announced it will grant several partial scholarships for studies at colleges, universities, technical schools, nursing schools, and other accredited post-secondary institutions during the 2024-2025 academic year.

To be eligible, said a foundation spokesperson in the release, an applicant needs to meet the following requirements:

  •  graduating high school seniors or other persons enrolling full time in post-secondary schools for the first time.
  • resident of Bucks County
  • academically well qualified for the school they plan to attend
  • have a record of involvement in school, community, religious and/or other activities (especially as a leader)
  • have been involved in giving service to others
  • have a financial need.  (Gainful employment may be considered as a substitute for extensive involvement in leadership and service activities.)

Application forms may be obtained by emailing a request to or mailing it to the A. Marlyn Moyer, Jr. Scholarship Foundation, PO Box 511, Fairless Hills, PA 19030.

Questions can be directed to the email address

Completed applications must be emailed or arrive by July 6, 2024.  From among the applications, the Foundation will select those best qualified for scholarships in July and winners will be notified shortly thereafter. Typically, six to eight scholarships are awarded averaging between $2,500 to $5,000 dollars.

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Education - Bristol Borough

Sources Allege School Bus Driver Left 1 Student Alone, Almost Forgot 2nd on School Bus



Multiple sources over the last week say children with challenges have been left unsupervised at one drop off location and almost forgotten by Bristol Borough School District bus driver in separate incidents over the last four weeks and “nothing” has been done to correct the situation.

More than three sources contacted Lower Bucks Source to say in the most serious alleged incident, a bus driver almost forgot a student with challenges, pulling into the bus depot and parking before realizing the student was still on the bus.

In the second alleged incident, another student with challenges was dropped off out in front of the afterschool program they attend daily, alone for about five minutes. The student in question immediately recognized the situation and called their legal guardian, the sources told the publication.

The multiple sources, who have direct information about each of the incidents said it appears to them the school district is “protecting” the bus driver due to his public role in the community. Lower Bucks Source contacted the school bus driver over the past weekend, and they declined to comment.  A source supportive of  the “fill in” driver said, this is a character assassination effort by a now temporarily laid-off bus driver who the school district is looking into after a complaint was lodged against him by a local motorist.

Meanwhile with the academic school year ending, and the extended school year program launching soon, locals are concerned nothing will be done about the alleged incidents.

Last Friday, Lower Bucks Source contacted School Board President David J. Chichilitti who did not respond to  a request for comment.

The parents of the students involved in the alleged incidents were also contacted by this media outlet and declined to comment.

As one source said Monday, “this can’t stand.”

On Tuesday Solicitor for the school district, David J. Truelove said the district would not comment on employee related matters.

” As these allegations involve potential personnel matters the District cannot provide comment. ”

The bus driver in question will not be identified by Lower Bucks Source at this time, due to the seriousness and nature of the accusations, and the fact that the sources for this story requested to remain anonymous.





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