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WARD 2: Ken Tepper

Ken Tepper is a candidate for Township Commissioner in Ward 2 which includes parts of Gladwyne and Penn Valley. 

Tepper is a career executive with extensive experience in the banking industry, having helped fund hundreds of local small business owners and professionals over the course of his 25-year career. After joining the FDIC during the nation’s S&L crisis, Ken helped fight white-collar corruption that plagued the U.S. financial system during the nation’s S&L crisis. Then again, more recently during the worst financial crisis since the depression, Ken served as a federal Court-appointed Trustee and managed some of the largest bank holding company failures in U.S. history. 

Tepper was Chairman of the Pennsylvania Republican Party Finance Committee during Tom Ridge’s gubernatorial campaign and was previously elected as Judge of Elections in Lower Merion. He is a graduate of The Episcopal Academy, Emory University, and Villanova University School of Law after which he was admitted as a member of the Pennsylvania Bar. Ken has four children and lives in Gladwyne with his wife Kate who is a corporate attorney, and youngest son Chase, a fifth-grade technology-lover at Haverford.

Ken’s parents and grandparents were Lower Merion residents as well and by following family traditions, the Tepper family is filled with avid dog-lovers and enthusiastic horseback riders.

Ken’s oldest son, Fitz, now attends Fordham Law and continues to appear from time to time as a business news reporter on “CNN Live”, while son, Major, is a sophomore at the University of Texas where he also works as an “MMA” fitness trainer. Ken’s Daughter Dagny is now a Baldwin School graduating senior where she recently won the DECA regional business contest.

WARD 6: Phil Rosenzweig

Philip S. Rosenzweig began his term of office as a Commissioner on the Lower Merion Township Board of Commissioners in January 2006. He is now serving his third 4-year term, and has committed to run for his fourth term this November. He co-chairs the Building and Planning Committee of the Board, which controls all land development and construction matters Township-wide. Mr. Rosenzweig is a partner in Silverang, Donohoe, Rosenzweig & Haltzman, LLC, a real estate, finance and business boutique law firm located in St. Davids. Mr. Rosenzweig founded the firm’s litigation practice, wherein he focuses on distressed real estate assets, lender liability lawsuits, loan work outs and restructurings, partnership disputes, and commercial disputes. He also has served as general counsel to several area businesses.

Mr. Rosenzweig received his Bachelor of Science in Economics with honors from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business in 1988 and received his J.D from Villanova University in 1991.

Previously an active participant in a number of neighborhood groups focusing on Ward 6 and its neighborhoods, Mr. Rosenzweig served on the Board of the Rosemont-Villanova Civic Association for a number of years, as a Commissioner for the Township’s Shade Tree Commission for more than 5 years, and also serves as a Ward 6 Committeeman, a position he has held for 17 years. Mr. Rosenzweig is a Trustee of The Baldwin School, chairs the Development Committee of the Board, and has co-chaired Baldwin’s Annual Fund for the past 6 years. He has also been the chair of The Haverford School’s Annual Fund for the past 3 years.

Mr. Rosenzweig and his wife, Beth, are the parents of daughter, Thea, a son, Ian, and of three West Highland White Terriers, Kelsey, Edie and William.

WARD 10: Scott Zelov

Commissioner Scott Zelov joined the Lower Merion Board of Commissioners in 2006. After serving as the CEO of a manufacturing company, Mr. Zelov is currently a business consultant. He received his undergraduate degree in economics from Cornell University in 1979 and graduated from the Cornell Graduate School of Business with an MBA in 1981.

Mr. Zelov is the Chair of both the Police Committee and Ad Hoc Bryn Mawr Committee.  He is the Co-Vice Chair of the Parks & Recreation Committee, the Finance Committee, and the Fire Committee.  Mr. Zelov is a member of the Ad Hoc Affordable Housing, Ad Hoc Environmental Initiative, and Ad Hoc FOP Negotiations Committees.

Among his accomplishments as a Commissioner, Mr. Zelov has worked to reduce the growth in township spending and taxes.  The result has been no tax increase in Lower Merion in 6 years.   He preserved 16 acres of open space, created a school zone at Baldwin and Shipley, and established Bryn Mawr Day and the Bryn Mawr Farmer’s Market.  He secured funding for the much improved 5 points intersection in Bryn Mawr, and successfully fought against suburban billboards.   Mr. Zelov worked with the Bryn Mawr Fire Company so that the use of their loud siren is down significantly.

Mr. Zelov served for more than 10 years on the Montgomery County Planning Commission, and he is a former board member of Cliveden of the National Trust.  He serves ex-officio on the boards of the Bryn Mawr Film Institute and Ludington Library.  He has been a ward 10 committee member since he moved to Haverford in 1998, where he resides with his wife, Liz, children Scottie, Lily and Seneker and Belgian Bouvier des Flandres, Waffles.