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Challenging PS4RS, Penn State trustee Joel Myers to seek re-election

Trustee members Mark Dambly, left, Joel Myers, middle, and Peter Khoury, right, during an interview.  Four members of the Penn State Board of Trustees held an interview with the Centre Daily Times January 19, 2012, at the Nittany Lion Inn.  Nabil K. Mark
Trustee members Mark Dambly, left, Joel Myers, middle, and Peter Khoury, right, during an interview. Four members of the Penn State Board of Trustees held an interview with the Centre Daily Times January 19, 2012, at the Nittany Lion Inn. Nabil K. Mark

Longtime Penn State trustee Joel Myers announced Wednesday that he will seek re-election as the counter-candidate to Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship, a group that has dominated the past two elections.

Myers, the founder of Ferguson Township-based AccuWeather and a 33-year member of Penn State’s board, will try to become the first incumbent to hold onto a seat in an election in the post-Jerry Sandusky era.

“Anger is not a plan. And catharsis is not a strategy,” Myers said. “Continuing to focus our energies on the anger of the past is holding Penn State back from its future.”

Myers said this would be his last term, and he likened his candidacy to a “referen-dum question” for alumni.

“Do they believe, as I do, that it is time to surge onward, toward a bright future and out of the Sandusky darkness? Or do they support the group calling itself Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship, whose eyes seem to look only backward, using counterproductive acrimony and recriminations to continue to churn our collective hurt?”

Candidates need 50 nominations by Feb. 25, and voting starts in April.

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