On May 19 State College Democrats will have an opportunity to choose among five excellent candidates for Borough Council. Unfortunately, they can only vote for four.
Each candidate offers a unique blend of experience and innovation, change and continuity.
The results of a 2014 National Citizens Survey conducted for the borough suggest that experience and continuity will be important. According to the survey, 89 percent of residents rated the quality of life in the borough as good or excellent; 81 percent gave similar ratings to municipal services; and 64 percent expressed confidence in borough government.
If experience and continuity are indeed important, voters should strongly consider supporting Cathy Dauler, the only incumbent council member running for re-election in 2015.
Prior to returning to council in 2011, she served as a neighborhood leader, a term-limited, eight-year council member and a two-year council president.
Voters should also consider supporting Jesse Barlow. He is a professor at Penn State and serves on the board of the State College Community Land Trust, a nonprofit organization created by the borough to assist low- and moderate-income families fulfill dreams of long-term home ownership in State College.
Please consider voting for Cathy Dauler and Jesse Barlow in the Democratic primary for State College Borough Council on May 19.
Donald M. Hahn