Congresswoman Madeleine Dean Endorses Napoleon
On Thursday May 28, Congresswoman Madeleine Dean endorsed Napoleon Nelson for State Representative in the Pennsylvania 154th District serving Cheltenham, Jenkintown and Springfield. Congresswoman Dean’s campaign released the following statement in support of Napoleon’s candidacy on social media,
“Napoleon Nelson is the dedicated civic leader needed to serve the people of Cheltenham, Jenkintown, and Springfield. Napoleon’s professional experiences and passion have prepared him to advocate for the 154th district and he will be an asset in Harrisburg for all.”
Following months of campaigning in the midst of a global pandemic that has had a significant impact on residents of the 154th District, Napoleon responded,
“It is my honor and privilege to have the support of Congresswoman Madeleine Dean. Thank you for your inspired leadership and dedication. I know how much this district means to you and your family. Your guidance has been invaluable and I thank you for your trust in me.”
Napoleon is a 17-year resident of Cheltenham. He grew up in Mt. Airy, graduated from Central High School (257th class), holds a Bachelor of Science from MIT and an MBA from The Wharton School. After moving to the 154th district with his wife and high school sweetheart Shareese, he began his activism with the local Democratic party. He became a Committeeperson for the Cheltenham Democratic Committee in 2007, was honored as Committeeperson of the Year and serves as 2nd Vice Chair. In 2011, he was elected to the Cheltenham School Board, chairing the Finance, Personnel committees, and served as Board president. In 2017 he was elected Cheltenham’s Finance Officer. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Montgomery County Community College.
Napoleon and his wife have two children who attend Cheltenham Public Schools. They are members of Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church and are active supporters of Cheltenham’s youth sports programs.
In a crowded primary race, Napoleon stands alone in the depth of his platform and commitment to constituent services. COVID-19 changed the race for candidates across Pennsylvania. In the 154th District, Napoleon pivoted in the first days of the shutdown to help residents fulfill basic needs. He re-directed his campaign staff to compile lists of food pantries, reach out to charities, coordinate with struggling businesses and emerging community organizers to address the needs that emerged during the crisis. Phone banking efforts were focused on identifying needs and solving problems faced by ordinary residents. Three months later, he has held weekly business round tables, talked with environmental, disability, food security, senior care and issue advocates to address the rise in Hate Crimes, the environment, the real estate sector, Asian American residents, disability rights, senior housing and food security issues. The campaign’s social media channels prioritize content to assist residents during the emergency response. For more information visit the campaign website and Facebook page.