My name is Samara O’Shea and I am a candidate for Tax Collector in West Norriton Township because I want to give back to the community that has been so welcoming to me.
The Tax Collector spends more time face-to-face with individual constituents than any other municipal official. I look forward to answering questions and guiding those who find themselves confused by the tax-paying process. One of my main objectives will be working with constituents who are delinquent on their taxes and helping them find resources with which to pay. With a Master’s Degree in Social Work, helping people problem-solve is right up my alley. I am warm, approachable and look forward to meeting and working with the constituents of West Norriton.
Since I will be meeting with constituents regularly, I can bring their concerns—not only about taxes but also about the community—to the Commissioners. I will make sure constituents feel heard and that their issues are addressed by West Norriton Township leaders. I will act as messenger and let the Commissioners know how individuals feel about decisions they have made.
Feeling disheartened by the results of the 2016 presidential election, Samara O’Shea decided to run for local office for the first time. Samara is a licensed social worker currently working as a mobile therapist providing crisis management and counseling services to adults in Montgomery County. Before receiving a Master’s in Social Work, Samara worked as a writer, editor, and legal administrative assistant. While promoting her writing, Samara appeared on Philadelphia's The 10 Show! She has spent time volunteering with nonprofit organizations such as Amnesty International and Philabundance. Samara graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Journalism from Duquesne University and received her Master’s in Social Work from Temple University.
Samara was born in West Philadelphia and grew up in Delaware County, PA. She moved to New York City to pursue a career in writing in 2001. She returned to PA in 2007 and lived in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia while working on her graduate degree at Temple. She moved to West Norriton in 2015.