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Voters guide: Harris Township Board of Supervisors — 6-year term

All candidates were asked to respond to the following question:

What are your three top priorities for this position?

Harris Township Board of Supervisors — 6-year term

REPUBLICAN

Eric Allen

Did not respond.

Franklin M. Harden

(Running for 6-year term and 4-year term)

Campaign website: facebook/frankharden4harristwpsupervisor

Date of birth: June 13, 1951

Education: 1980, Penn State, B.S., Economics.

Occupation: Sales, Lezzer Lumber

Qualifications: Harris Township Planning Commission seven months; board of directors, Juniata Valley Council, BSA 10 years: Pennsylvania Builders Association board of directors seven years; regional legislative officer Pennsylvania Builders Association five years; 30-year resident; 40 years experience in management and sales

Answer to question: My No. 1 priority is to serve the people of Harris Township. Elected officials must always remember who elects them and who they work for. I will ensure that every tax dollar collected will be used prudently. We need to maintain the lifestyle that is Harris Township. We are blessed with a country atmosphere with abundant open space. I will make sure we maintain that open space and lifestyle. I believe in limited growth. That growth should at least increase at the same rate as our expenses increase. This formula will keep from raising taxes.

DEMOCRAT

Christopher Gamble

Campaign website: christophergamble.weebly.com

Date of birth: Dec. 30, 1960

Education: B.S., Penn State, 1982; M.Ed., Penn State, 1988.

Occupation: Alumni relations manager, College of the Liberal Arts, Penn State

Qualifications: Chairman, State-Parish Relations Committee, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church; chairman, Directors of Penn State Alumni Relations professional development group; member, board of directors, State College Community Theatre.

Answer to question:1. Preserve Harris Township’s wonderful mix of agricultural land, forest, charming village and smart development. 2. Preserve its rich cultural and natural history. 3. Provide planful ways for new members to join the community. Harris Township is in great shape thanks to strong staff, healthy partnerships in the Centre Region, sound planning, and well-conceived and implemented comprehensive zoning. As supervisor, I would be unbiased and practical. I would listen well and study up to learn the details.

Dennis Hameister

Campaign web site: www.drhameister.com

Date of birth: Feb. 22, 1943

Education: B.S. and M.S. — vocational/technical education, Southern Illinois University; Ph.D. — adult education/community development, University of Michigan.

Occupation: Retired

Qualifications: Township supervisor, 19 years; chair of COG Public Services and Environment Committee and Spring Creek Watershed Commission; member, Centre County Planning Commission and Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority; trustee, Pennsylvania Local Government Investment Trust; member, DEP Storage Tank Advisory Committee

Answer to question: 1. Being responsive to township residents and working cooperatively with other supervisors. 2. Working for controlled residential and commercial growth and development to increase our tax base and reduce the need for tax increases while maintaining open space and farmland. Assisting with “farm to market” opportunities will help our family farms remain viable and provide additional sources of income. 3. Improvements to our major roadways are needed, but transportation improvements are expensive, cause concern among residents and neighborhoods, and require a long-term planning approach. Connecting neighborhoods with sidewalks and biking/hiking opportunities is also important.

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