Two seek Spring Township supervisor seat

mmorgan@centredaily.comOctober 23, 2013 

  • Frank Royer

    Age: 72

    Occupation: Retired from Pleasant Gap Fire Company

    Political offices held: Four years on Spring Benner Walker Joint Authority and 18 years on Spring Township Board of Supervisors

    Education: Bellefonte Area High School graduate

    Family: Judith Royer, three children

    Stephen Zelznick

    Age: 55

    Occupation: Retired Rockview corrections officer, currently working on Benner Township road crew

    Political offices held: First time running

    Education: Sun Valley High School (Aston) graduate

    Family: Wife, two children

The race for Spring Township supervisor will come down to two Republicans — incumbent Frank Royer, who won the party nomination in the primary, and Stephen Zelznick, who will be representing the Democrats as a write-in candidate.

Frank Royer

Three-term incumbent Royer is not ready to hang up his political hat.

The 72-year-old is looking for one more term on the Spring Township Board of Supervisors to see the township continue to be successful for residents.

“I’ve been interested in seeing the township continue on the course we’re on,” he said. “I think it’s very well-run right now.”

If elected to his final term, Royer said he would like to find funding to increase the number of playgrounds and ball fields in the area, and also continue to pressure the state to make the Interstate 99 and Interstate 80 interchange more safe.

He said that taxes have only been increased once in his 18 years on the board, and Royer would expect to continue that record.

Royer is retired after serving 55 years with the Pleasant Gap Fire Company.

Stephen Zelznick

Zelznick said the leadership in Spring Township needs some new blood, and he wants to be the one to provide it.

Throughout his campaign, Zelznick said voters have asked for increased accountability for the township’s government, and that would be one of the first issues he would try to address if he’s elected to the board.

He specifically cited the resignation of the former police chief earlier this year after a suspension from improperly scheduled vacation time.

“I think it’s time for a change,” he said, “for a new look.”

Zelznick, a retired Rockview corrections officer and current Benner Township road crew worker, said that upkeep of the township’s roads is also something he could help improve.

He said there are some weeds growing over guardrails in areas, and that the crew could do a better job of making everything look nicer.

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