Tara Grunde-McLaughlin

For Borough Council Ward 1

I care deeply about the exceptional qualities of our community in Newtown Borough, and have been privileged to serve as a member of Newtown Borough Council since January of 2014. During my time of service, I have strived to serve our community with diligence, caring, and integrity. It has been my pleasure to act as liaison to the Recreation Board, the Zoning Hearing Board and Zoning Officer, and the Traffic Committee.

I ask your support in re-election to a second term on our Borough Council so that I might continue to serve the people and place that over the last 16 years has created a home for me and my family not only physically but in spirit and relationship.

Because we have such a treasure in our town, it is very important to me to continue to contribute to our community. As one of your representatives on Borough Council, I will offer a spirit of engaged listening, cooperation, and mutual support, and would strive to provide prudent, thoughtful, and focused stewardship of our town. It is essential that we manage present needs and long-term planning, support our shops and businesses, and sustain and develop resources that enhance community connection. Walkability, safety, and management of traffic are key elements to livability and character as Newtown continues to grow and prosper.

I believe that my education, counseling, and volunteer efforts over the years have provided me with skills to listen to my fellow residents and to work constructively and thoughtfully with the other members of Borough Council and with our neighboring community representatives. I look forward to guiding Newtown with care and advocating for the future of the Borough.

  • Resident of Newtown Borough for 16 years
  • Married with four children in Council Rock
  • B.A. in Psychology, Colgate University
  • Masters in Education, Counseling Psychology, University of Pennsylvania
  • Newtown Borough Councillor, 2014-present
  • Past member, Newtown Recreation Board; volunteer at Goodnoe Elementary; Religious Education teacher

More about Tara…

Seventeen years ago, my husband Ed and I were looking for a place to make home with our young daughter, Madeleine. We arrived to explore Newtown, found the Library and the neighborhood around State Street, and then were surprised to encounter the Halloween Parade. At that moment, we knew that Newtown was someplace special, and a few months later we purchased a house on Chancellor Street.

Since then, we have added three boys and moved to Washington Avenue. Madeleine is presently a senior at Council Rock North. David is an 8th grader at Newtown Middle School, and Andrew and Jonathan are both students at Goodnoe Elementary.

After graduating from Colgate University in 1989, I was a teacher and a foster care social worker, and after earning a Masters degree from the University of Pennsylvania, I became a therapist and social worker for children in residential treatment with behavior issues who were placed in Wordsworth Academy in Ft. Washington.

At present, I am at home to raise our four children. When they were younger, I was on the Board of the Newtown MOMS Club, and then I was a member of the Newtown Recreation Board. We are members of the Unitarian Universalist congregation in Princeton, where I have been a religious education teacher for a number of years, and also offer care and support to members in need through the pastoral associates program. At Goodnoe, I co-taught an Odyssey of the Mind class, have assisted with writing programs in the classroom, and have volunteered in other capacities such as homeroom parent and with various committees and events.

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