"I would think the message was loud and clear," he said, pointing out that more than 1,300 signed the petition opposing the reforms. The signatures have not yet been certified by township clerk Patty Hunt, but Gorman said he has every confidence they will be.
And even if council undoes the reforms on its own—a second and final reading of the repealing ordinance is scheduled for its next meeting—opponents want the township to go through with certifying the petitions.
"We want it on the record," said fellow petitioner Mark Singer.
Newcomer, who voted against the reforms, doesn't want the pay-to-play discussion to end there however. He believes council should seek to establish best practices for campaign finance going forward.
"I don't know what the conclusion is, but there should be a dialogue," he said.