Laura Cavender: Haverford Township 5th Ward Commissioner

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Ward 5 in A Great Place

The 5th ward has an amazing community: 5,400 residents, four parks, three schools, and a college. I am proud to serve each of you as your commissioner.

Ward 5 includes the Coopertown, Brynford, and Merion Golf Club neighborhoods, as well as Haverford College, the Ss. Colman and John Neumann School, Coopertown Elementary, and Haverford Friends School.

Ward 5’s parks and playgrounds include Polo Field, Preston Field, Elwell Field, and Highland Park (adjacent to Coopertown Elementary). In addition, Ward 5 includes the business districts on Haverford Road near County Line Road and Buck Lane, and Lancaster Avenue in Bryn Mawr.

What I Am Doing For Ward 5

  • Advocating for a much-needed Safe Streets Study in the Brynford neighborhood funded entirely by grants. Safety recommendations are ready for implementation.
  • Prioritizing the expansion and renovation of the Haverford Township Free Library – the largest library in Delaware County – and supporting the use of grant funding and fundraising to help defray costs.
  • Establishing a weekly email newsletter reaching more than 1,500 residents, knocking on doors throughout Ward 5, and responding to more than 100 resident emails and calls monthly. If I haven’t knocked on your door yet or met you, I plan to soon.
  • Negotiating a potential 18-acre land transfer and investment in historic Polo Field, the largest community park in Haverford Township, and working with multiple stakeholders to find the right solution for Haverford and Brynford.
  • Identifying ways for Haverford to improve sustainability practices, expand playground camps, pay employees more equitably, and increase accessibility with safer roads, sidewalks, and other common areas. 

I Value Responsive Leadership and Innovative Thinking

I was a member of the Haverford Township Human Relations Commission from 2020-21 before being elected commissioner in a special election in 2021. I am an independent communications consultant, and worked previously as a communications director, advisor, and speechwriter for higher education and non-profit organizations, most recently at the University of Pennsylvania. 

My Life is About Family & Communication

I grew up in southern Missouri and earned my BA from the University of Missouri School of Journalism, and my MA from Georgetown University (in Communications, Culture and Technology).

I moved to Haverford Township in 2014, my son attends Coopertown Elementary, and my older children attend high school in Lewisburg, PA.

It Would Be My Honor to Continue To Serve Ward 5

If I am re-elected as your commissioner, I will continue to make it my sworn duty to ensure my constituents’ needs are heard and that our township acts in the best interests of our community.

If you would like to volunteer, I can always use help from my constituents to spread the word about what makes Ward 5 strong and unique.

You can also always donate to my campaign using the form on the left.