Politics & Government

Municipal Races cont.

UNIONVILLE

Mayor

Angelica Mimi Wutz

Party: Democratic

Did not respond

Borough Council

Four seats

Ralph Waite

Party: Republican

Did not respond

Robert W. Fisher

Party: Democratic

Did not respond

BENNER TOWNSHIP

Supervisor One seat

John J. Elnitski Jr.

Party: Republican

Did not respond

Referendum

Benner Township voters will be asked in a referendum question whether they “favor the granting of liquor licenses, for the sale of liquor, in the township of Benner.”

If voters approve by a simple majority, the township will ask the state Liquor Control Board to grant liquor licenses to the municipality. The state does not now grant liquor licenses to the township. All registered Benner Township voters — not only Republicans and Democrats — may vote on the referendum.

BOGGS TOWNSHIP

Supervisor

One seat

Thomas E. Poorman

Party: Democratic

Did not respond

Samuel L. Ray

Party: Republican

Did not respond

Auditor

One seat

Judy McCloskey

Party: Republican

Did not respond

COLLEGE TOWNSHIP

Township Council

Three seats

Daniel D. Klees

Party: Republican

Address: College Township

Birth date: Sept. 26, 1957

Occupation: supervisor of drafting and design services, Applied Research Laboratory, Penn State

Education: B.S., vocational industrial education, Penn State

Qualifications: College Township Council, 1996–present (chairman in 2000 and 2004); Centre Region Council of Governments, 1996-present (chairman in 2004); College Township Planning Commission, 1987–95 (chairman 1993–95)

Answer to question: The multifaceted impacts of a growing community will continue to challenge College Township and the Centre Region for many years to come. The ability to provide for a diversity of affordable housing choices has been one part of the recent community dialog. While a growing community brings new opportunities, people, jobs and a growing tax base, it creates challenges as well. The impacts on water, sewer, transportation, health care, education, police, and other community services will require our community leaders to balance the needs and desires of the citizens against the ability of the entire community to be able to afford the increasing costs of many of these services. In College Township we are fortunate to have some government services performed locally and others provided regionally. This sharing of responsibility between College Township and the other members of the Council of Governments allows us to provide services to residents that we might not otherwise be able to offer. I believe it is important to continue these joint efforts to minimize the overall cost of government to the citizens. This will allow us to continue to be a healthy and prosperous community well into the future.

Anthony Fragola

Party: Republican

Address: College Township

Birth date: Sept. 25, 1968

Occupation: asset manager, SEKO Worldwide

Education: Bachelors, economics, advanced studies in macroeconomics/money and banking

Qualifications: Has been a resident of the Centre Region since 1997 and of College Township since 2004. Prior to seeking a position on Council, he has served as an alternate on the Earned Income Tax Appeals Board since 2004 and as treasurer on the College Township Industrial Development Authority since 2005. Additionally, he is a graduate of the Leadership Centre County Program.

Dave Fryer

Party: Republican

Address: College Township

Birth date: March 17, 1947

Education: A.S., police administration; B.S. police administration; M.S. public administration

Qualifications: currently completing third four-year term as College Township Council member. U.S. Army Vietnam veteran

CURTIN TOWNSHIP

Township supervisor

One seat

Thomas E. Watson

Party: Republican

Address: Curtin Township

Birth date: March 7, 1965

Occupation: excavator

Education: high school graduate

Qualifications: road building and maintenance

Answer to question: road maintenance; revenue for the township (other than raising taxes).

Kelsey E. Lomison

Party: Democratic

Did not respond

Township auditor

One seat

FERGUSON TOWNSHIP

Supervisor, 1st ward

One seat

Robert J. Heinsohn

Party: Democratic

Address: Pennsylvania Furnace

Birth date: Aug. 28, 1932

Education: B.S. mechanical engineering (RPI), M.S. mechanical engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Ph.D., Michigan State University

Occupation: emeritus professor mechanical engineering; professional engineer, air pollution

Qualifications: Township Zoning Hearing Board, 2000-2006, chairman five years; president-elect, Penn State Retired Faculty and Staff Club; University Faculty Senate, 30 years; township resident, 45 years; ran angus cow-calf herd, 30 years; enjoy the give/take of governance.

Supervisor, 2nd ward

One seat

Steve Miller

Party: Democratic

Did not respond

Supervisor, 3rd ward

One seat

Richard Killian

Party: Republican

Address: Ferguson Township

Birth date: Oct. 20, 1957

Occupation: deputy controller, Centre County government, since June 2000

Education: M.B.A., B.S., California State University; certified government auditor, certified internal auditor

Qualifications: Served local government for over 21 years, as a deputy controller, division manager, and accountant. I understand government finance and budgeting. Local government provides services that are not suited for private enterprise, such as roads, parks, planning and public safety. As supervisor, I expect the township to provide appropriate services at a reasonable price — quality service at a good value. Urban development in the Centre Region will change our landscape. I propose smart, sustainable growth. Let’s plan and work together as stewards of both natural and human resources for now and for the future generations.

GREGG TOWNSHIP

Supervisor

One seat

Chris Cole

Party: Republican

Did not respond

Patrick Leary

Party: Democratic

Address: Gregg Township

Birth date: Jan. 19, 1955

Occupation: building trades

Education: high school plus two years of college

Qualifications: current chairman of the Gregg Township Board of Supervisors; past member of the Gregg Township Zoning Hearing Board; current chair of Penns Valley EMS Board of Directors; a Gregg Township representative for Penns Valley Regional Planning Commission; a Gregg Township representative for Penns Valley Recreation Study Group; a member of Gregg Township Fire Company; served on South Central Centre County Transportation Study Community Advisory Committee.

Answer to question: Maintaining the rural character of Gregg Township and Penns Valley while absorbing the inevitable growth and continuing to provide and even enhance necessary services within budgetary constraints.

Betty Deitz

Party: Democratic

Did not respond

HALFMOON TOWNSHIP

Supervisors

Two seats

Tammy A. Perkins

Party: Republican

Address: Halfmoon Township

Birth date: June 24, 1968

Occupation: stay-at-home working mom and research project consultant for the Professional Dairy Managers of PA

Education: B.S. animal science, Michigan State University; M.S. agriculture and extension education, Michigan State University.

Qualifications: resident of township since 2000; active in township issues and attend township meetings; former planning commission member; background in agriculture and farmland preservation issues.

Answer to question: I see development as one of the top issues. Development in and of itself is not a standalone issue. Some issues directly related to development for Halfmoon Township involve: identifying reasonable rates of and location of growth; providing affordable, well-kept housing; identifying adequate fire and police protection; maintaining a quality water supply; ensuring safety related to traffic on state Route 550; and handling the increased economic impact. Township officials are faced with the need to develop a strategy to establish a long-term plan within the township so we can be pro-active rather than re-active in regards to development. Each issue needs to be addressed with the other issues in mind.

Andy J. Shore

Party: Republican

Address: Halfmoon Township

Birth date: Oct. 5, 1946

Occupation: Retired

Education: Graduate of Tyrone Area High School; attended Penn State for management development programs, statistical process control, basic and advanced, humane resources management and PC training courses.

Qualifications: I have been a resident of Halfmoon Township for 42 years. With more than 37 years of management training and experience in the workplace, I feel that I am very qualified for the position. I am a part-time farmer and I believe that I understand why the citizens of the township want to maintain its rural heritage, while continuing to grow and prosper.

Barbara H. Spencer

Party: Republican

Did not respond

D. Christine Bracken-Piper

Party: Republican

Did not respond

HARRIS TOWNSHIP

Supervisor

One seat

Clifford R. Warner

Party: Republican

Did not respond

HOWARD TOWNSHIP

Supervisor

One seat

David L. Etters

Party: Republican

Did not respond

HUSTON TOWNSHIP

Supervisor

One seat

Charles Donley

Party: Republican

Did not respond

Auditor

One seat

Amy L. Gette

Party: Democratic

Did not respond

MILES TOWNSHIP

Supervisor

One seat

Harold E. Rudy

Party: Democratic

Did not respond

Kenneth Rowles

Party: Democratic

Did not respond

PATTON TOWNSHIP

Supervisor

Two seats

Elliot Abrams

Party: Republican

Address: Patton Township

Birth date: May 31, 1947

Occupation: senior vice president, AccuWeather Inc.; meteorologist

Qualifications: I have been elected to four six-year terms. This does not qualify me for anything if I fail to keep citizens’ interests foremost in a new term. I try to find ways to get agreement on things worth doing. At meetings, it is important for citizens to have a chance to be earnestly heard.

G. Eric McGinnis

Party: Democratic

Address: Patton Township

Birth date: Jan. 21, 1976

Occupation: major gifts officer, Penn State Cooperative Extension and 4-H Youth Programs

Education: Dunmore High School, Dunmore; bachelor of science in management and organization with a minor in political science, local government, from Penn State; currently a student working on a master of community and economic development in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

Qualifications: Creator of I-99/Acid Rock citizens awareness group, www.PattonCleanWater.org; Patton Township resident for 11 years; Community volunteer experience 2004-2007, including Centre County Youth Service Bureau, Carson’s Corner/Matternville Homeowners group (founding member); Good Shepherd Church (parish council and chair of family life committee); Order Son’s of Italy (past president); Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra; State College Choral Society (volunteer development consultant); State College Community Theater (marketing committee); The State Theatre (paver committee).

PENN TOWNSHIP

Supervisor

One seat

Robert J. Fox

Party: Republican

Did not respond

Auditor

One seatLori A. Dillman

Party: Democratic

Did not respond

POTTER TOWNSHIP

Supervisor

Two seats

Dick A. Decker

Party: Democratic

Address: Potter Township

Birth date: July 20, 1945

Occupation: safety engineer/part-time farmer

Education: B.S., engineering, University of Maryland

Qualifications: I believe I am qualified to fill the position of Potter Township supervisor because of my education, community and organizational involvement, long residency in the community and ability to listen to diverse opinions and reach a fair consensus. As a licensed professional engineer and sewage enforcement officer with experience developing national consensus standards, I have been very involved in many industrial facility design and planning activities. My work required that I could effectively communicate with workers, managers, consultants and service providers. I have also served on the Potter Township Planning Commission for more than one year, I am currently serving as chairman of the board of the Standard Steel Employees Federal Credit Union, and have served as president of the Spring Mills Lutheran Parish and the Central Pennsylvania Safety Association. In addition, my family and I have done part-time farming in Potter Township for the past 30 years, which gives me an appreciation for protection of our natural resources and the sacrifices required of those who earn their living from farming. If elected, I will listen to all citizen opinions and do my best to be fair during my decision-making and voting.

Answer to question: not provided.

John Zerby

Party: Democratic

Did not respond

Richard Poorman

Party: Republican

Did not respond

Michael Mick Rowles

Party: Republican

Address: Potter Township

Birth date: Jan. 21, 1966

Occupation: R.F. engineer

Education: High school graduate; technical school graduate

Qualifications: I have lived in this area all my life and realize the needs of the people in this township.

Answer to question: There is not enough consideration for the people’s wishes in how they would like to see our township run. I feel we need to let the people have more of a say in how their tax money is to be spent.

Monty Strouse

Party: Republican

Did not respond

Rodney Humphrey

Party: Republican

Did not respond

Jake Tanis

Party: Republican

Address: Potter Township

Birth date: March 6, 1950

Occupation: dairy farmer

Education: high school

Qualifications: member of Potter Township Planning Board — self-employed dairy farmer for 30 years.

Auditor

One seat

Carol A. Corman

Party: Republican

Did not respond

RUSH TOWNSHIP

Supervisor

One seat

Theodore E. Kolbe Jr.

Party: Republican

Address: Rush Township

Occupation: Construction management at Penn State University

Education: Philipsburg-Osceola Area High School and two years of college

Qualifications: Management experience, Pennsylvania building code official, Pennsylvania fire inspector, American Society of Sanitary Engineers Certified Cross Connection and Backflow Device Inspector

Answer to question: The largest issue Rush Township faces today is economic growth versus environmental concerns. Most people today are aware of the need to protect our environment, but we cannot proceed with our focus in only one direction.We need to achieve a balance between growth and environmental protection. One way to protect environmentally sensitive areas and still allow for economic growth is zoning, although a zoning plan must be carefully thought out before it is initiated. Poor planning by local government can result in unnecessary restrictions on the property owners while trying to protect the residents of the municipality and the environment. If done correctly by local government officials and a planning commission of competent, common sense people who are willing to listen to the residents opinions, we can have both economic growth and protect our environment at the same time.

Mike Savage

Party: Democratic

Address: Rush Township

Occupation: community economic development specialist

Education: B.A, M.A., University of California

Qualifications: I have many years of experience in working with small communities across the country. I know the ropes for rural economic development, including where to find money for needed projects. I work well with citizens and officials at all levels of government. I have a particular interest in programs for high school youth.

Answer to question: Need for positive, sustainable job growth that complements the area’s geographic and workforce strengths; need for positive vision and cooperation in working with Rush citizens and all levels of government for needed improvements in infrastructure, public space and housing opportunities; need for positive attitudes and accountability by members of the Board of Supervisors.

John Jack Shannon

Party: Republican

Address: Rush Township

Birth date: Nov. 9, 1937

Occupation: retiree

Education: B.S., Penn State; M.E., Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Qualifications: Primarily, I have a desire to do whatever I can to help improve the quality of life for the people of the township; and I have the time to devote to this position, knowing full well that it is not a “one meeting a month” time requirement. I have nearly 24 years’ experience as a township supervisor and 14 years as owner of a small business in the area.

Answer to question: I see three major concerns in our area: 1. Fostering an economic climate that will enable our youth to build careers by which they can provide for their families and remain in the Moshannon Valley. Seeking out and researching opportunities for attracting additional industries that will increase the tax base for the township can accomplish this, e.g. an interchange on Interstate 80 that will serve a major industrial park.2. An aging population that must subsist on limited incomes but who need and deserve services that the local government must provide. These needs are not limited to road maintenance; there is a need to extend infrastructure of all utilities. Presently, there are three different sewer projects being undertaken in the township.3. Providing accessible medical and social services to all groups. The reestablishment of the hospital is critical. Other projects deserving consideration are expansion of library services and improving and diversifying recreational activites, while keeping the costs of these services and improvements affordable. A candidate for township supervisor can no longer be a one-issue candidate.

Auditor

One seat

Agnes Aggie Shannon

Party: Democratic

Address: Rush Township

Birth date: April 11, 1937

Occupation: Retiree

Education: B.S., Lock Haven University; graduate study at Penn State, Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Clarion University.

Qualifications: I have been a Rush Township resident for over 25 years, and I am pleased to serve as a township auditor and would be honored to serve again. I appreciate working with people and have had varied experiences, both as a math and reading teacher at the Osceola Mills Junior High School and the Philipsburg-Osceola Senior High School, and as a volunteer. I serve on the Parish LIfe/Stewardship Committee of my church and as secretary of the board of the Friends of the Library of Philipsburg, and I volunteer at the Holt Memorial Library.

SNOW SHOE TOWNSHIP

Supervisor

One seat

Francis A. Bosak

Party: Democratic

Address: Snow Shoe Township

Birth date: March 26, 1932

Occupation: retired, Snow Shoe Township supervisor

Education: graduate of Snow Shoe High School

Qualifications: I have been a Snow Shoe township supervisor for 20 years. Also I am a lifelong community member and take pride in the accomplishments which I and the other supervisors have done to make Snow Shoe Township a better place. When I became a supervisor in 1987 there was no township building. Equipment and supplies were kept at the home of a supervisor. Since arriving in office I have been instrumental in making Snow Shoe Township a better place. Some of the many accomplishments during my years as supervisor include: Saving and looking for more money so the township could build a beautiful new building for everyone to utilize, whether it be for township meetings or for events such as wedding or baby showers and birthday parties; securing recreational grants for the Snow Shoe Township Recreation Park, which includes a baseball field, a full-size basketball court, a tennis court, playground equipment, a pavilion, benches and a concession stand. This park will also soon include a paved walking track; buying new equipment to maintain roads in the township; having one of the lowest, if not the lowest, garbage pick-up fee in the country; maintaining the Snow Shoe Township taxes at the same rate for many years; instituting an annual spring road cleanup; performing semi-annual bulk garbage pickup; implementing on-site disposal of large metal items.

Answer to question: I feel some of the most important issues/ concerns facing Snow Shoe Township include maintaining the current tax rate, funding to improve areas in the township and the proposed landfill in Rush Township. I feel keeping the tax rate at its current level is very important. Residents are burdened with many increases in other tax rates, and by budgeting our money wisely we can prevent them from having them to pay extra in township taxes. We have not raised taxes in Snow Shoe Township in many years and I would like to continue this. Additionally, I would like to continue looking for funding to improve areas in the township. These areas would include the Snow Shoe Township Recreation Park, bridge replacements in the township and improving water for residents in the township. Additional funding will help make Snow Shoe Township a healthier, safer and more enjoyable place for people to live. The proposed landfill in Rush Township is a big issue for Snow Shoe Township because if it were to go through, garbage trucks may use Snow Shoe Township roads, which I do not want to see happen. These trucks would pose a danger to other vehicles on the township roads, as well as those living along those roads.

George W. Haynes

Party: Democratic

Did not respond

Adam L. Warner

Party: Democratic

Address: Clarence

Birth date: Nov. 16, 1977

Occupation: miner

Education: junior at Penn State in mining engineering

Qualifications: engineering background; PennDOT aggregate technician and experienced with highway materials and infrastructure construction; extensive work and organizational experience; labor activist; “New Deal” Democrat; U.S. Marine Corps veteran.

Answer to question: I am most concerned with bringing transparency back to our local government by posting a clear and understandable accounting of our municipal income and expenditures. The people have a right to know and to understand where their taxes are being spent. Less waste in our expenditures will free up assets to provide for our youth and the elderly. Bringing responsible industry to the township is also a concern. We must stand against irresponsible ventures like the proposed landfill that provide short-term financial benefits but will destroy our qualify of life. However, we should do all we can to bring responsible industry to the township to increase our tax base and to provide employment. Maintaining our roads and infrastructure is a major concern. My experience in the mining and construction industry coupled with my engineering background will be used to improve the quality of our transportation and sanitation infrastructure. It is important that new projects be reviewed thoroughly to ensure they benefit the township and are completed efficiently. Lastly, our township needs an advocate to secure county, state and federal funding. Too much influence is given to State College and the wealthier municipalities. We need an energetic advocate to give voice to our concerns.

SPRING TOWNSHIP

Supervisor

Two seats

Frank Royer

Party: Republican

Did not respond

David Capperella

Party: Republican

Did not respond

Naomi Q. Gallagher

Party: Democratic

Did not respond

Auditor

One seat

Norman Weber

Party: Republican

Did not respond

TAYLOR TOWNSHIP

Supervisor

One seat

six-year term

Luke L. Moore

Party: Republican

Did not respond

Timothy S. Reese

Party: Republican

Did not respond

Supervisor

One seat

Two-year term

T. Wesley Weaver

Party: Republican

Did not respond

Kelly McClure

Party: Republican

Address: Taylor Township

Birth date: Nov. 17, 1966

Occupation: staff assistant

Education: high school graduate

Qualifications: lifelong resident of the region (15 years in Taylor Township); have held offices in a local church and school booster club; actively involved in local youth activities, including coaching, youth group and booster club.

WALKER TOWNSHIP

Supervisor

One seat

James Heckman

Party: Republican

Address: Walker Township

Birth date: Jan. 18, 1949

Occupation: dairy farmer

Education: 1967 graduate of Bellefonte

Qualifications: lifelong resident of Walker Township, 16 years as present supervisor, 12 years as an auditor for Walker township, 27 years as a forest fire warden, 23 years as a first responder for Walker Township, 40 years as a volunteer firefighter for Walker Township (11 years as fire chief), 35 years as a third-generation dairy farmer; married 33 years to Diane Heckman, with two daughters and four grandchildren.

Auditor

One seat

Scott Horner

Party: Democratic

Address: Howard

Birth date: July 1, 1943

Occupation: self-employed as quality auditor and quality consultant

Education: B.S., mechanical engineering, Bucknell University; M.S., administration with major in finance from George Washington University.

Qualifications: experience as a financial auditor for Armco Steel Corp., experience running my own business and a desire to serve the people of Walker Township.

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