Josh Shapiro is a busy guy.
Between his job as Pennsylvania Attorney General, and the only declared Democrat running to become the state’s next governor, he certainly has a full schedule.
But that doesn’t stop him from making time for his wife, their four children, and the family’s 1-year-old dog, Bo, along with maintaining his Abington Township home.
And it also doesn’t prevent him from speaking to local media, as was evident by the time he gave to Patch the day before Christmas, where he agreed to meet up with a reporter on the campus of Penn State Abington to discuss his time as attorney general, his gubernatorial run, his family, his strong ties to the local community, and even the importance of local journalism.
“I applaud Patch and all the other local news outlets for continuing to be committed to delivering really good, quality local news,” Shapiro said during last week’s exclusive interview.
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While the delivery mechanism for local news has changed in recent time, “what has not changed is people’s desire to know what’s happening in their local community,” he said. “That’s why outlets like Patch are so important.”
Shapiro, 48, grew up in neighboring Upper Dublin Township, where his parents still reside.
His dad is a well-known local pediatrician so when Shapiro canvassed homes back in 2004 while running for state representative in the 153rd Legislative District, many of the neighbors recognized the name of this then-budding politician.
Shapiro ended up winning election to the state House, a seat he held for seven years before becoming a Montgomery County commissioner. When Shapiro was selected as that body’s chairman it marked the first time a Democrat chaired the county commissioners in 150 years.
Shapiro later was elected, and then reelected, as Pennsylvania’s attorney general, a post he currently holds.
Still, despite rising in the state political ranks, Shapiro still maintains residence in his native Montgomery County and has nothing but good things to say about his home township of Abington and other neighboring Montco communities.
“I still drive around these neighborhoods and I’ll look at a door and I’ll remember the conversation that I had at that door,” Shapiro said, recalling his canvassing days during his state House run back in the early 2000s. “It’s really amazing.”