Borough Council Candidate Kathy Costello


Q&A with Kathy Costello

Why are you running for Borough Council in Collegeville?

I see the wonderful potential in Collegeville where I live with my husband John, where I raised my son and where my son and his family are now residents.

I’ve always hoped that Collegeville would be able to attract and keep businesses on Main Street and in our shopping centers that would appeal to both residents and the college kids. 

I realized I could keep hoping or do something about it by running for Committee person, joining the Business Development Committee, the CEDC and now running for Borough Council where I plan to use my skills, energy and enthusiasm to help make Collegeville a better place to live.

What do you love about Collegeville?

  • The Perkiomen Trail where I ride my bike and walk my dog
  • Ursinus College and all the great things it has to offer the residents of Collegeville
  • The Perkiomen Valley School District where my son graduated from and where my grandchildren will be attending school in a few years.

 What would you change about Collegeville?

  • Continue to work on the revitalization of Collegeville’s business district, by helping to recruit restaurants, coffee shops, entertainment venues and retail stores that will appeal to both students and residents.
  • Improve communication between Borough Council and the residents of Collegeville to ensure that the residents are informed about what is happening in the borough and that they have a voice.
  • Implement the current Code enforcement that applies to distressed and abandoned buildings like the Perkiomen Bridge Hotel.

 What is something most people don’t know about you?

  • I repaired navigation equipment on large cargo aircraft while serving in the USAF.

 Fun Fact

  • I lived in a tent for 7 months in West Virginia while I was building a log cabin.

Kathy has been a resident of Collegeville for the past 24 years.  She served our country as a Sergeant in the United States Air Force and studied Environmental Science at East Stroudsburg University.  Kathy retired from Quest Diagnostics in 2013 after 24 years, where she was a group lead/subject matter expert and trained employees at various Quest Diagnostics sites across the country. 

Currently Kathy and her husband John are Committee People for Collegeville 2.  Kathy started an Indivisible group after the 2016 election and is still an active member of that group today.  She served as Chairperson for the Katie Muth 2018 Senatorial Campaign.  

She is an active member of the Borough Business Development Committee as well as the CEDC.  Kathy is dedicated to the revitalization of Collegeville and working with Ursinus College and Collegeville residents to achieve that goal.



*** July 27, 2019 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM


Engage Art Studio  – Schwenksville outdoor flea market featuring antiques, collectibles, local artists & crafters, kids activities, food vendors, tour the studio, meet neighbors & friends!

 *** July 27, 2019 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Kimberton Whole Foods Happy Hour

Towne Book Center

*** July 29, 2019 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Monday Movies!

At Perkiomen Valley Library

Feature Presentation – “HOME”

(rated PG, 94 mins Popcorn and drinks will be available)


Borough Council Candidate Valarie Beckius


Q & A with Valarie Beckius

Why are you running for Borough Council?

There is an extensive economic development happening all around our area.  I feel this is the perfect time for Collegeville to push forward and make changes in order to compete and thrive, so we will not be left behind.  I would like to use my skills to aid in developing the future of the Borough, as        well as to enrich the quality of life for all Collegeville residents.

What is your Collegeville indulgence?

Taco pizza from my favorite Collegeville pizza shop.

If not at home, where in Collegeville would we find you?

I cook a lot, so you would find me at a local grocery store.

 What is your favorite memory in Collegeville, so far?

When my son was little, we would often go to Waterworks Park to muck around in Donny Brook, the creek that runs through the park. (Although Waterworks Park is not in the Borough’s logistical boundaries, it is jointly owned by Collegeville and Trappe.)

 Why did you move to Collegeville?

It was easy for my husband and me to decide to move to Collegeville, as we had lived in Trappe for the previous seven years.  We wanted to live in an area that had neighborhoods and sidewalks, as well as a true downtown. 

 What is one thing that most people don’t know about you?

I was once awarded Pennsylvania Vocational Special Education Teacher of the Year.  

Fun fact

Whenever my dog, Little Bean, hears harmonica or accordion music, she begins to howl along.

Valarie has been a resident of Collegeville for more than 18 years and has served as both a community and school volunteer.  She is an Elementary and Special Education teacher with a master’s degree from Penn State University.  She has had experience as president of several organizations and served on various committees where she organized events, solved problems, and managed budgets.


Municipal Chair: Andrea Baptiste

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Place:  Wismer Hall, Faculty/Staff Dining Room – Ursinus College


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Chair:  Ashley Wilkerson,

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Collegeville / Limerick/ Lower Providence / Royersford / Skippack / Upper Providence / Trappe

Meeting:  2nd Thursday Of Every Month

Time: 7:00 PM

Place:  IBEW Building 3455 Germantown Pike Collegeville, PA 19426

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Chairman:  Joe Foster

Executive Director:  Eunice Franklin-Becker

Political Director:  Joe Graeff

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Meeting: 3rd Thursday Of Every Month

Time:  7:30 PM

Place:   AFSCME District Council

88 Robert T. Cooper Labor Center

3031 Walton Road, Bldg. C, Suite 300

Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462

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Photo: Borough Council candidates (from left): Gary Hoffmann, Kathy Costello, Valarie Beckius and Craig Farr


We all live here in this one town.  Together we work and play; together we make community. And now it’s your turn – Your turn to be heard; your turn to participate; your turn to be a part of what makes YOUR town OUR town!  The General Election is Tuesday November 5thOur candidates need your support!

10-Point Action Plan for Collegeville

  1. Register to vote if you have not already done so. The deadline for registration  to vote in the 2019 General Election is October 7th
  2. Monthly Borough Council Meetings!
    • Come out o the meetings & let your elected officials know what you think about the issues of the day
  3. Form a team of friends & neighbors to spread the word about actions in Collegeville
    • Talk to your friends & neighbors about what you want our town to be
  4. Join local organizations (like Collegeville Democrats)that care about the future of Collegeville
  5. Volunteer to help your local Democratic candidates get elected this November
  6. Keep  resisting!
    • Local issues matter to our Borough’s future. If things happen in Collegeville that you do not like, speak out to your local leaders , ask questions, make your voice heard
  7. Help Collegeville Democrats keep moving forward, attend meetings, keep our politicians on track
  8. Run for a local office – Really!
  9. Become the media. Use social media to spread the word about things happening in Collegeville – Positive & Negative
  10. Vote in EVERY Primary Election! – This is how you can voice your opinion!
    • Did you know that some of our past Democratic candidates have lost elections by as few as 2-10 votes? YOUR VOTES MATTERS!  YOUR VOTE COUNTS!