Once upon a time, people who ran for local office would first spend years in their community doing volunteer work. They were true volunteers, and brought that spirit with them when they became public servants. They were involved in their community, and you could see and talk to them at Fall Festivals and National Nights Out. Two such people are John Diacogiannis and Steve Salvesen, who are seeking re-election to their seats in Hanover Township. Unfortunately, there's also a new breed of politician who have no sense of community. These people are driven by nothing more than raw political ambition. One such person is Jeff Warren. He's running against these true public servants.
Warren is a former legislative aide to State Senator Lisa Boscola. It appears that his specialty was drinking. In addition to being charged by Washington, D.C. police, he was cited again in 2010 after being stopped by Hellertown police with a 0.18 blood alcohol content. He was admitted into a special program for first offenders because his records at the U.S. Capital mysteriously vanished.
At the time of the Hellertown charges, Warren was a member of Easton City Council. When a police detective was charged with drunken driving, Warren argued public servants need to be held to a higher standard. He never applied that logic to himself.
Incidentally, he bought his seat on Easton City Council. When he ran in 2007, he raised more money than all other candidates, including even the mayoral hopefuls Sal Panto and Mike Fleck. Only $300 of the money he raised came from actual Easton residents. The rest was from developers and other special interests. He spent $14.90 per vote compared to 8 cents by Ken Brown.
When he left Easton City Council in 2014, he went to work for one of those special interests, Gilmore and Ass'ts Engineering. He lasted there for three years.
Now he's a political consultant and also does podcasts about Philly sports.
He's treating his race for Hanover Townshiip Supervisor as though he's running for Congress, getting endorsements from NorCo Exec Lamont McClure and, of course, the Lehigh Valley Labor Council.
He has complained about potholes in Hanover Township,which prompted Township Manager Jay Finnigan to ask where they are. He also wants lower taxes in a township that has held the line on tax increases for 13 years straight. He claims to be a long-time resident, but has only lived in the Township for five years.
He shot a video on primary day from inside the polling place at Asa Packer Elementary, which is illegal.
He is allied with a group interested in building several three-story apartment buildings in Hanover Tp.
Finally, after he announced, he was slapped with a municipal lien on March 28 for $642.50 by Hanover Tp. (2019-ML-2635). This was quickly paid off, but is yet another indication he cares little about the community he claims to want to serve.