Two Montco fathers honored by coalition
The honorees are Josh Shapiro, chairman of the county commissioners, and Gary Strimple, a Pottstown father and volunteer.
Shapiro, in his role as commissioner and previously as a state representative, "has made it his top priority to protect Montgomery County families," the coalition said. It cited, among other things, his support for breast-feeding, early childhood education, and a ban on texting while driving.
Shapiro is a father of four.
"Hands down, his was a name that flew out when we talked about" nominations, said Jackie Tarr, an Early Head Start advocate. "He's always there. He's always at parent meetings . . . anything you need help with."
Before joining the group, Strimple said, "I used to be quiet and angry and frustrated. But I'm not anymore. Dracyin's doing real good."
Both men will be honored Monday night in a dinner at the Manufacturers' Golf and Country Club in Fort Washington. - Jessica Parks