We endorse Janet Engeman for a seat on Borough Council. We have known Engeman since we met her and her parents, Bob and Barbara Passow, in 1955.
Engeman grew up in State College, graduating from State High before going on to earn a degree in economics. We have observed her lifelong commitment to the environment, social issues and quality of life for all. As a teen she was one of the students who launched the book drive that started Schlow Memorial Library.
She has been endorsed by the Sierra Club, is an active member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church and is a community activist, taking on issues ranging from stopping the Columbia Gas pipeline from going through our streets to addressing the problem of houses used solely for short-term rentals as tourist houses that degrade the value of neighborhoods.
Engeman has shown her dedication to our community by regularly attending Borough Council and Planning Commission meetings to keep abreast of local issues and to contribute her input as a concerned citizen. Her depth of knowledge of the community, gained by growing up here, coming back frequently to visit her parents, and returning here to live in 1995, gives her a unique perspective on State College and its growth and development.
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In addition, her career in both the private and public sectors before retiring in 2001 provides her with a strong skill set in economic analysis, social research and management.
Please join us in voting for Engeman on Nov. 3.
Harold and Nancy O’Connor