Candidate Questionnaire Responses

West Shore Borough Council/Township Commissioner

Camp Hill

 

Michele Forbes

 

Why are you running for Township Commissioner/Borough Council, and what personal and/or professional experiences have prepared you to serve the community if elected?

 

I would like to serve on Borough Council because it's a great time for the borough to move toward the future. I don't subscribe to doing things because it's how they have always been done, but because they benefit the residents. I became interested when we moved back from Germany and the Chick Fil'a discussions were happening. I was disappointed that the rented homes at the corner of Chestnut and 32nd street had fallen into such disrepair that the families had to move and the homes were torn down. How did we allow this? There were so many issues with added traffic, use of the residential alley (that residents use to get to their garages) for a drive through, using Chestnut Street for their entrance/exit as they did not have the required footage on 32nd street to have one. The research led me down a rabbit hole. While I have developed many wonderful relationships over the 8 years I have owned a home in Camp Hill Borough, it won't be difficult to separate personal feelings from professional ones. Residents deserve someone who will be honest, fair, and act with integrity. 

 

I understand budgeting as I worked for a firm that performed award winning audits for Boroughs, Townships, and Municipalities in Bucks County PA. While my husband was active duty in the US Army, I worked with leaders to improve our lives in both South Korea and Germany. For years I was also part of the Army Family Action Plan, which heard, prioritized and then solved problems for military members and their families. I have volunteered in every community I have lived in and believe we do best working together.

 

What is your vision for the role your borough/township can have in addressing climate change? If you support addressing climate change, what steps are you willing to take if elected?

 

Our entire country is behind in addressing climate change. Camp Hill has three watersheds that need to be healthy and protected. The borough has worked on repairing the riparian buffer in Willow Park and is planning to do the same in Siebert Park. Several surfaces are being changed to previous from impervious, rain gardens are being added, and the community is to be encouraged to add planters and native plants. The have had Storm Water Management plans and Shade Tree Commission. 

 

Having lived in South Korea and Germany, I've seen many things we can do to reduce carbon emissions, use green energy and lower pollution and waste. There are more pedestrian zones, safe bike paths, more public transportation being utilized, restrictions on idling your vehicle, etc etc. There are restrictions on water pollution, refuse, recycling, and composting. People have solar panels on their homes. There is so much we can do and I am behind it all. We can do this!

 

Please identify specific areas where transparency is not adequate in your township/borough governance. What would you do to change this? Would you support public reporting of police activity (such as traffic stops) by race and ethnicity? If not, why not?

 

I have been encouraged by the changes the Borough seems to be going through. We are becoming more progressive. But there is still the belief that there is a desirable part of town and then rest of us. I am ready for this to end. Our conversations need to be public and easily accessible. We need to prove that we aren't showing favor and have nothing to hide. More and more I meet people whose parents and grandparents have not grown up in the borough. It's wonderful! We need to show them how they can be involved, too.

 

Recently, a resident went through all of the police stops over a certain period of time and found that there has been significantly more traffic stops for people of color than white people. The police were notified of this and reportedly they immediately worked on training. Still, 87% of our population is white. Why aren't we a more diverse community? Yes! please include public reporting by ethnicity. Our police system is inherently racist, which does not mean that the police officers are. When we know better, we must do better.

 

Jennifer Hoover

 

Why are you running for Township Commissioner/Borough Council, and what personal and/or professional experiences have prepared you to serve the community if elected?

 

A thriving community makes a difference in our lives—and all Borough residents, regardless of income, address or social status deserve a healthy, safe, and connected community. This is especially important to me as a mother and neighbor, and it is among the reasons I decided to run for Camp Hill Borough Council.

 

Helping residents succeed in influencing borough decisions, ensuring they feel confident to drive change and action within our community, and standing up for the safety and welfare of borough residents and students, has and will always be important to me.

I have participated in sessions held by the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs, attending the association’s 2019 and 2021 conferences. I have maintained consistent attendance at Council meetings during which time I have become familiar with issues before our Borough Council.

 

Between my educational and professional background, including postsecondary degrees in Public Policy, and twenty plus years in government relations and public affairs, I've cultivated valuable skills throughout my career that will help me serve the constituents of Camp Hill Borough effectively. I also demonstrate a deep commitment to contributing to our community’s success, having volunteered with Camp Hill Little League, the Parent Teacher Organization, and The Lion Foundation.

 

Council and our community would be well served by someone who is informed, listens fairly, thinks critically, and understands the importance of balancing the needs of every resident with the present and future needs of our borough. Those are the attributes I bring to being a mother, resident, professional, and volunteer within our community, and that’s how I would serve on Council, if elected.

 

What is your vision for the role your borough/township can have in addressing climate change? If you support addressing climate change, what steps are you willing to take if elected?

 

My vision would be for Camp Hill Borough Council to approve and enact a Climate Action Plan no later than summer 2022, and I am already a member of Climate Action Committee (CAC) working to assist in the development of such a plan.

 

Through the state's DEP Energy Programs Office and a federally-funded Local Climate Action Program (LCAP), the Borough Council's CAC is working with college students over the next year to evaluate current conditions and set goals for reducing our borough’s environmental impact. This work will include community engagement via in-person workshops, virtual meetings, or online surveys.

 

If elected, I am committed to turning this work into reality, as well as encouraging our Borough to continue to take advantage of LCAP resources. A plan would be considered final when the CAC's draft has been presented to and approved by Borough Council. More importantly, Borough Council moves from approval to implementation. 

 

Please identify specific areas where transparency is not adequate in your township/borough governance. What would you do to change this? Would you support public reporting of police activity (such as traffic stops) by race and ethnicity? If not, why not?

 

Act 65 of 2021 mandates that political subdivisions, such as Camp Hill Borough, inform the public about what agency business will be considered at any given meeting at least 24 hrs prior to a meeting. While this revision to the Sunshine Act is helpful, I would advocate to have our agendas available no later than the prior Friday of monthly Wednesday meetings. I am also in favor of Borough Council agendas outlining more clearly which agenda items are for discussion only versus deliberation and official action.

 

In terms of broader transparency, the extent to which Borough Council and staff can provide as much relevant and timely information to the public as possible and opportunity for them think and provide valuable feedback, would enhance decision-making. There is great value in two-way communication and, if elected, I would listen and respond to our Borough's needs.

 

Relative to technology, our Borough is fortunately revamping its website that will help it better share information. There is continued opportunity, however, to further improve its use of social media and live-streaming. Only since the pandemic began has Borough Council provided remote access, but audio and video should be improved. Our Borough budget can include the necessary capital improvement funding to make this a priority.

 

Finally, regarding public reporting of police activity, Camp Hill Borough Police does issue statistics in its monthly report to Borough Council, indicating non-traffic and traffic citations/warnings by white, persons of color, and unknown. This data, however, does not reflect or take into consideration the percentage of any given population. For example, as one resident recently pointed out, "the Black population of Camp Hill Borough is approximately 3% but that 25% of the traffic stops by the Camp Hill Police Department are of blacks." I made a similar observation during public comment at a prior Council meeting.

 

In addition to ongoing review of data, this matter deserves continued attention and dialogue with our police department and their perspective on implementation of any new or different public reporting of police activity by race and ethnicity. 

Emily Smith

 

Why are you running for Township Commissioner/Borough Council, and what personal and/or professional experiences have prepared you to serve the community if elected?

 

I am running, so that I can have the opportunity to serve a community in which I grew up, and where I am raising my daughter. I have been a small business owner for 15 years, running a freelance graphic design business. I have also been a REALTOR for the last 5 years. Those two experiences allow me an interesting perspective of understanding business, as well as understanding how to communicate. I would love to have the opportunity to help the borough streamline their communications processes, to keep the community better informed. Using my real estate experience, I would be interested in participating with zoning planning and decision making.

What is your vision for the role your borough/township can have in addressing climate change? If you support addressing climate change, what steps are you willing to take if elected?

The borough has created a climate action committee, which I think is a great start. I think one of the best assets we have in our community is our people. Through my conversations with community members, I have come to understand that we have many members of our community who would love to be involved in creating a strategic climate plan for Camp Hill.

Please identify specific areas where transparency is not adequate in your township/borough governance. What would you do to change this? Would you support public reporting of police activity (such as traffic stops) by race and ethnicity? If not, why not?

Transparency in borough governance has been lacking for years now. While strides have been made, the borough website and social communications strategy has been haphazard at best. I would love to create a policy on how and where information about meetings/agendas, and pubic notices are shared, and then streamline the process of sharing that information. If that means changing the menu hierarchy to make it easier to access that information, I would try to spearhead that effort. As for public reporting of police activity, I think it has been severely lacking within Camp Hill borough for years. In the last year or so, they signed on with the crimewatch service, which is a step, but it doesn't seem to be updated regularly. In personal experience, my house was broken into 4 years ago by a masked assailant, and it never ended up on any public reporting of activity. As for reporting race and ethnicity data of traffic stops etc, I do support it. I think we need to hold the police department accountable for racial profiling in traffic stops, and the only way to hold anyone accountable is to look at the data.

East Pennsboro Township

 

Michael Alsher

Why are you running for Township Commissioner/Borough Council, and what personal and/or professional experiences have prepared you to serve the community if elected?

 

I'm running because I care about my community and the people who live in it. Local government plays a vital role in the livability of a community, and it's important that our taxes are expended carefully, equitably, and with an eye towards the future. I think my experience as a litigation attorney with the PA Department of Transportation would serve me well as a Township Commissioner. I became familiar with a wide range of legal, engineering and accounting concepts that are part of the daily functions of municipal government. Plus I'm retired now and I'd be able to devote a lot of time to my duties as Township Commissioner.

 

What is your vision for the role your borough/township can have in addressing climate change? If you support addressing climate change, what steps are you willing to take if elected?

 

I do support addressing climate change. There is no question that human burning of fossil fuels is the cause of climate change, and the only way to address climate change is by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Local governments can play a direct role in reducing GHG emissions, including by converting its fleet to electric vehicles and installing solar panels on the roofs of local government buildings. Local governments can also play an indirect role, such as by making zoning changes.

 

Please identify specific areas where transparency is not adequate in your township/borough governance. What would you do to change this? Would you support public reporting of police activity (such as traffic stops) by race and ethnicity? If not, why not?

 

I do support increased transparency in local government. In East Pennsboro Township, local government meetings should be accessible to the public by virtual attendance as well as in-person attendance. The current Township rules for attending a meeting virtually are cumbersome. Meeting minutes should be posted on the township website. Exhibits that are being shown and discussed at public meetings should be posted on the Township website prior to public meetings for public inspection when possible. With regard to the police in East Pennsboro, I do support the increased public reporting of police activity by race and ethnicity, such as in traffic stops. Citizen research of the traffic stops performed by one local police department shows that people of color are stopped disproportionately. Publication of traffic stop information by the police in East Pennsboro would shed light on whether bias exists within our department. I also support other police transparency steps in East Pennsboro, such as the publication of the monthly police report and the posting of police rules and regulations. 

Hampden Township

 

Ryan Argot

Why are you running for Township Commissioner/Borough Council, and what personal and/or professional experiences have prepared you to serve the community if elected? 

 

I want to get involved and believe we can do better. Hampden's BOC continues to approve new development requiring waivers to existing rules, rather than expecting revised compliant proposals (ex. storm water management, turning radius, preliminary plan). I am running for Hampden Commissioner because I am concerned about how continued growth and the changing tax base will impact those of us who make Hampden Township our home. More details about why I am running are found here on my website. https://ryanargot.mailchimpsites.com/why-im-running 


 

What is your vision for the role your borough/township can have in addressing climate change? If you support addressing climate change, what steps are you willing to take if elected?

 

All politics is local. If we can't take steps to cleanup our local area how can we expect the federal government (or international community) to make progress. While a small part (and a voice of only 1 on a Board of 5), I would start by pushing for better compliance with our own storm water management and I would strive to have us adopt a municipal trash removal contract encouraging families to reduce their trash flow. While having unlimited trash removal is certainly convenient, it does not encourage wise use of resources.

 

Please identify specific areas where transparency is not adequate in your township/borough governance. What would you do to change this? Would you support public reporting of police activity (such as traffic stops) by race and ethnicity? If not, why not?

 

While our township appears to comply with the minimal requirements of the Sunshine law, they certainly do so with clouds in the sky. To this day, they do not provide hard copies of the proposed minutes for those in attendance at the meeting where they get approved. It was through my efforts in 2019 that the township finally started posting Commissioner minutes to the website, only after I submitted RTK requests and posted them myself.

 

In a related fashion, the township will post its meetings and agendas on the website, but will not share them to social media. I do both of these things already as part of my campaign. https://facebook.com/Dr.Argot.

 

Working in schools, I have come to understand the value of providing disaggregated data to help ensure no group's performance is masked by the larger population's results. Yes, I would be supportive of providing disaggregated data on police and other municipal activity (code enforcement and such).

 

More details about my campaign are found here https://ryanargot.mailchimpsites.com/

 

David J. Fish

Why are you running for Township Commissioner/Borough Council, and what personal and/or professional experiences have prepared you to serve the community if elected?

 

After the disaster of 2016 when The Dear Leader Heir Trump was installed in the White House, I was part of a group of Hampden Township residents who decided to build a Democratic infrastructure in Hampden Township. Our goal was to find and support candidates to fill up the ballot in Cumberland County. We cannot ask Democrats to show up to the polls to vote if we do not have any good, honest. SANE Democratic candidates on the ballot. I decided to run in 2019 and again in 2021 because the current group of Republicans serving on the Board of Commissioners have been there too long and are beholden to the developers and giant corporations instead of the people. I will change that. I have over 40 years experience running organizations and groups of all sizes as well as managing people of all ages - from children to adults. (Sometimes there is not much difference!) I have worked with governmental agencies at all levels including foreign nations. I will bring that experience to my role as Hampden Township Commissioner. It is important to note, with three open seats on the board this year, we Democrats can become the majority in the first time for at least the 22 years I've lived in the Township ..... which means we Dems can bring about some real change!

 

What is your vision for the role your borough/township can have in addressing climate change? If you support addressing climate change, what steps are you willing to take if elected?

 

First of all: climate change is real, it is human-caused and it must be stopped!! I will enforce the current laws regarding idling of trucks in the Township and other laws concerning the spread of air pollution and gases related to climate change. I will seek to replace current Township gas-powered vehicles with electric versions. I will seek to reduce the number of lights left on overnight while businesses are closed. I will create a Climate Action Plan to reduce greenhouse gas producing entities in the Township as well as a Climate Action Audit to ensure the people are not unduly burdened with any costs resulting from needed actions. (Runaway development has caused many problems.....make the developers pay!) I will seek changes in zoning regulations to require energy saving components (windows, roofs, lights, heating/AC units, etc) in all new and (when possible) existing buildings and housing units in the Township. There is not room here to list all the details, but there are many small steps we can take that will add up to big changes. Other cities and towns have enacted CAPs.....and it time to learn from their examples and knowledge. 

 

Please identify specific areas where transparency is not adequate in your township/borough governance. What would you do to change this? Would you support public reporting of police activity (such as traffic stops) by race and ethnicity? If not, why not?

 

Much more accountability. Rooting out unwanted elements in local government who may have forgotten they are working for and serving the public instead of the developers. I will work to preserve green space, bring in a dog park, make sure the developers follow all the regulations (as we ordinary citizens must do) and make sure the developers pay their fair share of the costs in the Township. I will make sure the police enforce the firework law and arrest those idiots firing off fireworks too close to structures and outside the legal times. (No more terrorized pets!) I will seek to create term limits for Commissioners to avoid the sense of entitlement the current Commissioners believe they are owed. Again, lots more ideas to bring about change.....but I can sum it up best, "Putting People Ahead of Developers." 

Lower Allen Township

Joseph ("Joe") Swartz

Why are you running for Township Commissioner/Borough Council, and what personal and/or professional experiences have prepared you to serve the community if elected? 

 

I am running to maintain funding and support for our public safety departments so they can continue to build on the efforts they've already made to ensure accountability and professionalism among our police department. The department maintains both state (PLEAC) and international (CALEA) accreditations, setting higher standards for themselves than most police departments and making efforts to maintain and strengthen their qualifications. The department also employs Community Safety Officers (CSO's) to handle less dangerous situations where an armed police officer isn't necessary. I'd like to work with our public safety department to build off of these efforts and find ways to continue improving their service to the public.

 

Our Township is going to require redevelopment in several areas within the next 10 to 20 years and is planning to modernize its zoning code soon, and I think we should prioritize and promote mixed use and medium density development in those areas, which would increase our tax base without raising regressive property taxes and would provide more revenue for services while also making more affordable housing available in livable, walkable, and bike-able neighborhoods. This would promote both housing and health equity by increasing the supply of more affordable housing units and locating those units in areas that are healthier for residents by allowing them to walk or bike more easily to points of interest, reducing traffic, and building a real sense of community.

 

I'm an attorney with experience in real estate and law enforcement, so I think I have the professional background necessary to contribute meaningfully on day 1 and to find creative solutions to complex problems we'll be facing. I currently work in tobacco enforcement, so I also am interested in protecting public health and doing whatever we can to promote health equity. I also feel like I am in a very privileged position, and this seems like the most effective way to use that privilege to promote equity and keep moving our township in the right direction.

What is your vision for the role your borough/township can have in addressing climate change? If you support addressing climate change, what steps are you willing to take if elected?

 

I would like to push for environmentally-friendly changes wherever they are available. Our township is currently considering building a solar array on township land that would offset over 90% of the township government's energy usage. I support this effort and would suggest going further. Community solar projects are hopefully going to become legal in PA, and I've already asked the Board to express their support to our local representatives and would continue to push for such support if elected. I think there is extra space available on township property that we could use to develop a community solar project, allowing residents to lower their own energy bills while contributing to the fight against climate change.

 

We should also look at practices of our own staff to see if there are ways we could further reduce our impact, like using more environmentally-friendly building or landscaping materials, planting pollinator gardens at local parks, and requiring contractors to include information about their environmental mitigation efforts when submitting bids.

 

My plans for redevelopment also play into climate change and environmental protection. Traffic deterrence is an important part of developing livable, walkable, and bike-able neighborhoods, and it leads to reductions in carbon emissions because fewer people will be driving.

 

Please identify specific areas where transparency is not adequate in your township/borough governance. What would you do to change this? Would you support public reporting of police activity (such as traffic stops) by race and ethnicity? If not, why not?

 

While agendas and meeting minutes are posted regularly online, there isn't much done in the way of actually communicating township business to residents. I think it would be beneficial and encourage more public engagement and input if we more clearly described the business outlined on the agenda in lay terms. For example, most people don't know what parcel numbers are or how to look them up, so it isn't helpful to describe properties that way on agendas when you could just say "the old bank on Carlisle Road by the CVS" and everyone would know what you mean.

 

Our police department already posts information regarding arrests, traffic stops, calls, and warrants online and on social media, often including information on race and ethnicity, although I'm not sure if they publish comprehensive data periodically. If not, I would support such an effort in the interest of transparency. I would also try to change the department's policy of posting a picture of a suspect after an arrest has been made. At that point, I don't think publishing the suspect's picture is necessary, nor do I think it has a deterrent effect. It does, however, seem to drive animosity towards those people on social media, which I don't think is productive.

Dean Villone

Why are you running for Township Commissioner/Borough Council, and what personal and/or professional experiences have prepared you to serve the community if elected?

As a first-term incumbent commissioner, I am seeking reelection to build upon the foundation I laid in my first term. Having quickly gained the trust and respect of my fellow commissioners, I was nominated Board President, and the added responsibility and accountability of that role provides the momentum for me to continue to serve and empower the people of Lower Allen Township.

What is your vision for the role your borough/township can have in addressing climate change? If you support addressing climate change, what steps are you willing to take if elected?

My vision is to responsibly implement necessary measures that directly, or in some cases, indirectly, affect climate change. I look forward to working with the Board of Commissioners and township staff to further understand climate change issues as they relate to our municipal responsibility.

Please identify specific areas where transparency is not adequate in your township/borough governance. What would you do to change this? Would you support public reporting of police activity (such as traffic stops) by race and ethnicity? If not, why not?

For the most part, I have discovered that transparency is adequate in most capacities of township functioning. We can always do better. Since I have been a commissioner, transparency has been at the forefront of my goals. Even prior to COVID, we introduced live streaming into Lower Allen Township public meetings so that the residents have more access and can therefore better engage with their local government, and while it needs to continue to improve, we are taking measures to enhance the quality of the live stream.

During my tenure, we have introduced body cameras to our police agency. In addition, when I joined the board, J took a special interest in how policing is done in the township, and J continue to advocate for the highest level of standards and departmental scrutiny to maintain excellence and professionalism.

New Cumberland

Robert Hasemeier, P.E.

 

Why are you running for Township Commissioner/Borough Council, and what personal and/or professional experiences have prepared you to serve the community if elected?

 

My background is a civil/environmental engineer working with municipal governments for over forty years. I know the interior workings of municipalities and have prepared budgets and managed staff and resources to accomplish many goals over the years. I also have 8 years previous experience on New Cumberland Borough council.

 

What is your vision for the role your borough/township can have in addressing climate change? If you support addressing climate change, what steps are you willing to take if elected?

 

I hear that local persons can make little difference but I say that it is the local changes that can make the greatest difference. The urban tree canopy is more important to carbon capture than relying on the rain forest. We can promote tree plantings, or even require such via zoning regulations. The next step in the priority is to review regulations and remove obstacles to solar. 

 

Please identify specific areas where transparency is not adequate in your township/borough governance. What would you do to change this? Would you support public reporting of police activity (such as traffic stops) by race and ethnicity? If not, why not?

 

The highest priority is to get Boro agendas posted in advance of the meetings. Along with this is to share the documents that are being considered for discussion. Too often in NC Boro draft documents are not shared for review unless one schedules an in person visit to review the draft making it difficult to make informed decision about whether to comment.

Fred Miles

Why are you running for Township Commissioner/Borough Council, and what personal and/or professional experiences have prepared you to serve the community if elected?

I believe that our local government should do more than provide services—plowing snow, sucking up leaves, and making sure residents get water and trash service. We should be encouraging, promoting and fostering healthy communities. There are many ways to achieve this including a government that is more interactive with its residents, a government that is more accountable for its actions and a borough that is well designed for community-building. I have a degree in Environmental Design from the University of Colorado with training in architecture and planning; a 40+ year career in media, communications and marketing; for 11+ years have been serving on the New Cumberland Planning Commission; am an active member of the NC Revitalization effort; and a member of the committee to update New Cumberland's zoning ordinance.

What is your vision for the role your borough/township can have in addressing climate change? If you support addressing climate change, what steps are you willing to take if elected?

 

I am very concerned about climate change. Besides the usual steps of energy conservation and transitioning to clean energy sources, I would work to make New Cumberland a more pedestrian/bicycle-friendly community by promoting active transportation corridors connecting community hubs. The result would be less car trips for short (less than 1 mile) distances, less noise, greater safety and a healthier population. I would also work to get ''Tree City" designation for the borough resulting in more tree/landscape plantings along streets, in parking lots and in public parks.

 

Please identify specific areas where transparency is not adequate in your township/borough governance. What would you do to change this? Would you support public reporting of police activity (such as traffic stops) by race and ethnicity? If not, why not?

Social justice for everyone is a critical element of a healthy community and government transparency is a big part of that. Regular and open discussions with residents would facilitate transparency. If public reporting of police activity by race and ethnicity would help in the discussion, then I am for it.

For example, instead of the open floor before Borough Council's monthly meetings as the only opportunity for a citizen to address council, I would propose open forums and presentations to occur throughout the year where residents can attend (probably somewhere less intimidating than council chambers, such as the library grounds or other community hub) to give their ideas and listen to council's plans for the year. Council can also employ surveys, newsletters and social media to gather citizen input. The cost would be small and the participation would be invaluable.

Upper Allen Township

 

Karen Overly Smith

Why are you running for Township Commissioner/Borough Council, and what personal and/or professional experiences have prepared you to serve the community if elected?

 

I believe that citizens have a responsibility to serve their community and to participate in democracy. Election to UAT as Commissioner would provide an opportunity to share my experience and to make policy decisions to benefit the greater community. My Masters level education and my work experience is in regional community comprehensive planning for infrastructure. My employment in the private sector included infrastructure maintenance as a skilled, IBEW Local 1600 union tradesperson in a PPL electric power production plant, purchasing agent for a concrete product manufacturer and as a bookkeeper for a small start up quarry equipment manufacturer. An appointment by Lancaster Twp Board of Supervisors, provided me with leadership experience serving as Secretary/Treasurer of the Board of Suburban Lancaster Sewer Authority. As a planning analyst in a central Pennsylvania based civil engineering firm and in the PA Dept of Community & Economic Development I prepared EPA, DEP, HUD applications for submission to federal, county and local municipalities on behalf of land use developers. 

 

What is your vision for the role your borough/township can have in addressing climate change? If you support addressing climate change, what steps are you willing to take if elected?

 

The increase in heavy rain from climate change impacts our municipality due to the high proportion of developed land with impervious surfaces. The increased stormwater runoff has drainage impacts such as sinkhole enlargement and flooded roads. I would use my experience in development plan review and impact analysis to improve leadership management of maintenance schedules infrastructure. Increased attention to land use planning development ordinance and its relationship to actual buildout out stormwater policy impacted by zoning land uses. 

 

Please identify specific areas where transparency is not adequate in your township/borough governance. What would you do to change this? Would you support public reporting of police activity (such as traffic stops) by race and ethnicity? If not, why not?

 

Spot rezoning change in variance with the Township’s Comprehensive Plans and Zoning Ordinance's intentions is a land development method that ordinary landed citizens and neighbors may not have awareness and is not transparently obvious what the application is coming down. A public hearing for a spot rezoning is advertised and held. Few citizens attend the meetings to note the tremendous opportunity from rezoning provided to the developer. The plan is then approved by the Board of Commissioners and has zoning ordinance compliance. This tool is not obvious or transparent to citizens and is used in UAT to support plans of developers. The impact being that the newly approved plans are in zoning compliance before review of the plans to the citizen volunteers on the Township Planning Commission and Zoning Hearing Board. A zoning change usually occurs when the Township’s comprehensive plan review sees an unmet development need, zoning map and text is written so that there is notice to all citizens (not merely the single developer) that there is the opportunity to use the property in a certain way. Cumberland County Planning Commission also gives notes to the UAT against doing spot rezoning. My solution is for the Board of Commissioners to not consider spot rezoning applications.

 

I support police public reporting of activity by race and ethnicity.


 

West Shore School Boards

 

Camp Hill

 

Josceylon Buchs

 

Why are you running for school board and what personal and/or professional experiences have prepared you to serve the community if elected to school board?  

 

I am running for school board because I care deeply about my community, our children, and about high quality public education. Having worked in Healthcare and Human Resources for over 20 years, I have experienced several challenging situations that uniquely prepare me to serve in such a role. I also have my certification in Elementary Education and have public school teaching experience, in addition to a BA in Psychology and an MBA with a focus in strategic leadership.

What actions are needed to make the educational experience in your school district more relevant to and supportive of students and their families from traditionally marginalized groups (e.g. communities of color, non-Christian religious communities, disability communities, those identifying as LGBTQ+)? How do you plan to (better) cultivate relationships with these communities? 

 

Children need- in order to grow, feel understood and psychologically safe- to see themselves reflected in those that educate and in the education they receive. We need to make sure that we provide opportunities in our curriculum and classrooms for children to have windows into the world/experiences of others, while also providing them an opportunity to see themselves. Not only is this important in order to prepare them for an ever increasingly diverse world, but also so that they may build connections, awareness, understanding, empathy and compassion for others and their experiences. 

 

Do you agree with the mask mandate issued by the PA Secretary of Health? Why or why not? Would you support a vaccine mandate for school district faculty and staff? Are there other measures that you feel should be taken to make sure our students can safely attend school in person?  

 

While I do not like having to mask- or my children having to mask- and all of my children that could be vaccinated are vaccinated, in addition to me and my husband, I did agree with the mask mandate because it helped us to protect the safety and integrity of the schools so that we didn’t risk closure and remote learning. Without the masks, I am certain we would have seen significant spread and potential closure. If the State Department of Health were to issue a vaccine mandate, yes, I would support such a mandate. Working within Healthcare, I have seen first-hand the tremendous burden this pandemic has had on our healthcare system, and as a parent, the impact it’s had on our schools, children, and community. We mandate all sorts of vaccines in order to attend public schools, and in the interest of public health. Why would we not mandate the COVID vaccine when we mandate vaccines against other viruses that aren’t nearly as contagious or deadly? I believe that we don’t just vaccinate for ourselves, but in the larger interest of public health and safety. As such, I do hope that when the vaccine is approved for younger children under 12, that we require all children- in order to attend our public schools- be vaccinated against COVID. 

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Melanie Gurgiolo

 

Why are you running for school board and what personal and/or professional experiences have prepared you to serve the community if elected to school board?  

 

I am running for school board because I have the background, energy and desire to give back to our community and our school district.  My husband and I moved to Camp Hill twenty-five years ago specifically because of the academic reputation of the schools, before we even started a family.  My husband and I are the parents of three children who have grown up and attended school in the district, in the Classes of 2016, 2020, and 2027, and the district has not disappointed us.  Our schools have had a wonderful impact on the lives of our children, and we have been very happy with the education and opportunities that they have enjoyed in our small district, and I want to devote my time and energy to making sure that our schools continue to prepare Camp Hill students for success, now and in the future.

 

I have served on the board for the past four years, so I know the time commitment and the teamwork that are involved in carrying out the duties of the board and its many committees.  I have a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education, which I have primarily used in support of our own children’s educations, and I am also the education director at our church.  In addition, I have been involved in our schools and community as a parent, serving as elementary PTO vice-president, co-chair of the elementary playground planning and fundraising efforts, coaching youth soccer, and donating my “talents” as seamstress for the teacher flags that line our schools’ hallways.  Due to my education and experience, I feel that I can look at problems and opportunities from the standpoint of an educator, a parent, and a taxpayer, and that is what I have offered and would continue to offer to the board and to the Camp Hill community.

 

I feel that the director’s role is multi-faceted.  First of all, it is one of oversight, to serve as a representative of the public in managing the affairs of the district.  It also involves a lot of work, researching issues, explaining my positions, and listening to the thoughts of individual residents.  It also involves serving on committees such as the curriculum committee, the policy committee, the Equity Advocacy Council, the Camp Hill recreation board, the CAIU board of directors and the Earl Besch Foundation ad hoc committee.  At the end of the day a director is one of nine voices on the board, who needs to be both a leader and a team player in understanding concerns and presenting ideas, coming to a consensus with peers, and working well with the superintendent and administration, and I would like to be known as a good listener, a dedicated worker, and a willing and reliable collaborator.

 

I did not come to the board with an agenda or a single issue that I am focused on pursuing.  I want to make sure our district continues to offer a quality education, strives to do things better or more efficiently wherever possible, and provides sound facilities, first-rate faculty, a welcoming learning community, and healthy finances, because more than anything I want our small district to be able to stand on its own for generations to come and to continue to offer the quality education and range of opportunities that make people want to live in our community and school district.  I want to leave the district better than I found it, to look to the future, to embracing opportunities to build on past successes, and to overcome threats to its stability and viability.

 

What actions are needed to make the educational experience in your school district more relevant to and supportive of students and their families from traditionally marginalized groups (e.g. communities of color, non-Christian religious communities, disability communities, those identifying as LGBTQ+)? How do you plan to (better) cultivate relationships with these communities? 

 

As the parent of a student with a disability, I believe that equity and inclusion are important components of an educational community and experience.  To me, equity in education is about making sure that students of all backgrounds, financial means, and abilities are provided with the opportunities and support they need, meeting them where they are and removing barriers to their success both inside and outside of the classroom.  As a district, we should welcome each and every student, give them confidence and a sense of belonging, encourage them to explore their interests and strive to reach their full potential, and see that they have ample food, the necessary technology to fully participate in the lessons and projects that are part of our educational program, and the ability to access the full range of extracurricular activities that our district has to offer.   I think we have a duty as a school district to ensure that all students - the highest achievers, those who need extra help, and everyone in between - are nurtured, challenged, and provided with the tools they need to meet those challenges.  I volunteer with the Earl Besch Project because I want to play a part in making a difference in the lives of children and families who are dealing with food insecurity and who need a helping hand.

 

An important part of supporting all of our students, including those who don’t look or think like the majority, is to hear from those marginalized communities, to learn what these students and families need as well as where the district is succeeding and where it is falling short in providing both an excellent education and a welcoming and supportive community.  The EAC was a collaboration of parents and teachers who sought to provide this feedback, and the district is currently exploring the process of forming an advisory committee in accordance with district policy that can serve as a community-based source of such insights from these marginalized groups, and I fully support this effort and approach.

 

Do you agree with the mask mandate issued by the PA Secretary of Health? Why or why not? Would you support a vaccine mandate for school district faculty and staff? Are there other measures that you feel should be taken to make sure our students can safely attend school in person?  

 

I do support the state-wide mask mandate, and I voted in favor of the mask mandate that was implemented in our district prior to Labor Day.  The mandate struck me as a simple, common-sense effort to keep our students, staff, and community healthy and to maximize the possibility that in-person learning and extra-curriculars would continue to take place in our district without interruption, and this has been my priority throughout the pandemic.

 

As for the vaccine, I trust the science and encourage everyone to get vaccinated if their health status permits, and I am disappointed that more people have not done so.  However, I am not in favor of a vaccine mandate at this time, as I view vaccination as a more invasive procedure than masking and I am not comfortable with inserting myself into a family’s medical decisions if they have concerns about the vaccine’s effectiveness, side effects, or compressed development and testing timeline.  Having said that, I would not seek to defy a statewide vaccination mandate if one was imposed.

 

Case count monitoring, social distancing, testing, contract tracing, and regular and thorough disinfecting are other measures that would assist in keeping the virus from flourishing and forcing our district to turn to a remote educational option.

 

David La Torre

 

Why are you running for school board and what personal and/or professional experiences have prepared you to serve the community if elected to school board?  

 

I'm running to serve my local community. I hope to provide a voice that seeks to find consensus among board members and the Camp Hill community. One that puts children, not politics, first. It concerns me that Camp Hill has more than 100 children with food dependency issues. I hope to be their voice to ensure they have the resources they need to grow up healthy and receive a top-quality public education.

Transparency is a major priority, as well. This was born from my professional background, which includes a decade as a journalist covering local, county, state and federal governments. Government must serve and, in doing so, be open and accessible. To help, I would like to see more community town halls to give more citizens input into district governance. The more we communicate together, the better the school board will be in understanding the challenges our community faces.

After journalism, I entered public service under Govs. Tom Ridge and Mark Schweiker. Working in government instilled in me the need to find compromise and work together with others, even when you disagree – and do so respectfully. I know enough to know that I always have a lot to learn, and I'm committed to that philosophy.

As a business owner who has created jobs and must be fiscally disciplined, I want to ensure our students and teachers have the resources they need. We must keep an eye on expenditures to protect those families in the borough with hunger issues from paying higher taxes.

 

What actions are needed to make the educational experience in your school district more relevant to and supportive of students and their families from traditionally marginalized groups (e.g. communities of color, non-Christian religious communities, disability communities, those identifying as LGBTQ+)? How do you plan to (better) cultivate relationships with these communities? 

 

First, I don't know it all.

Second, my door is open. 

Third, I will always maintain an open mind. 

Fourth, I will listen. I want to meet with groups, parents and children. Many times, it's the children who can cut straight to the heart of the matter. I look forward to doing that, if elected. 

Finally, we need to work together to do all that we can to help students who feel marginalized. I'm open to what those solutions will be and intend to bridge gaps that may exist on the board and with the administration. Together, we can achieve impacts that help children.

 

Do you agree with the mask mandate issued by the PA Secretary of Health? Why or why not? Would you support a vaccine mandate for school district faculty and staff? Are there other measures that you feel should be taken to make sure our students can safely attend school in person?  

 

I'm on the record publicly speaking against the mask mandate. 

Locally, a recent news story said, "Pediatricians in the region say they still haven’t seen any indication that the more contagious Delta variant is creating more severe illness in children." In fact, cases are well below last February. 

 

In my remarks to the board, I noted scientific experts who agree with this stance from Harvard, Yale, Carnegie Mellon, Johns Hopkins and Tufts Children's Hospital and others. 

The director of Emergency Medicine and Infectious Disease Management at Boston Medical Center said she’s not aware of any studies that wearing masks in school has an effect on the mortality of children or death rate in their community. 

 

A joint piece by doctors at Johns Hopkins and Tufts Children's Hospital concluded: "Any child who wants to wear a mask should be free to do so. Before we order the masking of 56 million Americans, let’s see data showing the benefits and weigh them against the long-term harm."

We should also note that the U.K., Ireland, Scandinavia, France, Netherlands, Switzerland and Italy have not and will not require masks in classrooms. In fact, there’s no evidence of more outbreaks in their schools compared to the U.S. One of the most aggressive nations in combating COVID-19, New Zealand, has made it illegal to mask children 12 and under.

However, our current Camp Hill school board voted to mandate masking, and I respect its majority decision. For those of us on the losing end of this vote, we cannot scream until we get our way. We have to work with others who disagree with us, and find places where we can agree. When that isn’t possible and we lose, we must respect that the majority has spoken.

 

As for vaccine mandates: I'm vaccinated against COVID-19. My family believes in them and my children have received all of their vaccinations to date. We have decades of studies and science that show established vaccines are safe. 

 

I do believe all school district faculty and staff should be vaccinated, but I don't know the personal stories of each to feel confident enough to require they all be mandated for vaccination. I'm happy to hear that Camp Hill teachers and staff have a high rate of vaccination. 

I don't believe we know enough to mandate vaccinations for children. Children currently have a 99.997% rate of recovery from COVID-19, and most encounter minor symptoms. Dr. Chip Walter, a pediatrician at Duke University and an investigator for the Pfizer trials on children, told CNN: "I understand parents' concern in wanting their children to get vaccinated, but we have to make sure we're doing the best and safest thing for children." 

 

That said, I have an open mind and will look at the science behind any potential vaccine that is developed.

Karen Mallah

Why are you running for school board and what personal and/or professional experiences have prepared you to serve the community if elected to school board?  

 

Our youth and schools have so much to offer! As a child psychologist working in continuous quality improvement, I believe we can take the next step to even better prepare our students for informed and meaningful citizenship in our diverse, global world.

 

We have had more than a year of physical distancing, social isolation, and renewed attention to poignant, and sometimes painful, racial discourse. A deliberate focus on educational equity and inclusion can increase our children’s individual feelings of belonging and collective sense of community, as they venture out again within, and outside of, Camp Hill.

 

My Commitment, Qualifications and Relevant Experience:

•    Camp Hill Borough homeowner since 2010

•    Camp Hill Schools parent since 2010

•    Current member of the Camp Hill School District Equity Advocacy Council

•    Licensed Psychologist - PhD in clinical psychology w/child development minor

•    Clinical and research expertise in child trauma

•    Successful grant writing and directing skills

•    Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology at University of Denver, 2002 – 2008

•    School Board experience in Aurora, Colorado 2008-2010

•    Currently - quality management director for statewide behavioral health services

 

What actions are needed to make the educational experience in your school district more relevant to and supportive of students and their families from traditionally marginalized groups (e.g. communities of color, non-Christian religious communities, disability communities, those identifying as LGBTQ+)? How do you plan to (better) cultivate relationships with these communities? 

 

I want to work with the school administration, faculty and staff, along with the students, their families and the community to implement equity-focused educational practices that will lead to 1) a healthier and more positive school culture and climate for every child, 2) more comprehensive and diverse course curricula, 3) the hiring and retention of diverse faculty and staff over time and 4) increased opportunities that foster student confidence, understanding and self-awareness.

 

I am a part of several of these communities through my own identity and lived experience as a Black Latina Unitarian Universalist with a Jewish father. I have been a strong ally and a family member of LGBTQ+ youth and adults. I commit to continuing to deliberately foster meaningful relationships with people in these communities by listening and bearing witness to their experiences and by helping in whatever way they see fit. I will also openly seek additional training/consultatio/information when necessary so that I can better understand and move equity work forward.

 

Do you agree with the mask mandate issued by the PA Secretary of Health? Why or why not? Would you support a vaccine mandate for school district faculty and staff? Are there other measures that you feel should be taken to make sure our students can safely attend school in person?  

 

Because I believe the science, even as it changes with the virus, I support both mask and vaccine mandates with the usual exceptions for specific situations, such as medical exemptions. I also believe that as much physical distancing as possible should still be done within the schools.

East Pennsboro

 

Linda Armstrong

Why are you running for school board and what personal and/or professional experiences have prepared you to serve the community if elected to school board?

I am running for school board because we need people who have a sense of ethics and responsibility to take office. I am prepared to take this position because I am a Christian woman who feels driven to give back to my community because I have been given so much. I have experiences working in many difficult situations. I also have an educational background which has prepared me to be a competent member of the school board. Experiences include working as a a budget analyst for the legislature; I have an MPA which helped me know about public entities, their budgets, and how the systems operate. I worked as a college and career counselor at Milton Hershey School, and hold a MEd in secondary school counseling. I am therefore familiar of what kids need to help them prepare for the world of work or to go on to higher education. I am also familiar with the various stakeholders in the educational process, including administrators and teachers. I worked at Penn State, University Park, where I learned how to operate in a large organization with varied and complex interests. I am a volunteer and fund raiser for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society; I train with their team in training for various events, including a half marathon this coming November. I am active at my church, teaching a Sunday School class and leading the Missions and Outreach Team.

 

What actions are needed to make the educational experience in your school district more relevant to and supportive of students and their families from traditionally marginalized groups (e.g. communities of color, non-Christian religious communities, disability communities, those identifying as LGBTQ+)? How do you plan to (better) cultivate relationships with these communities? 

If I had a magic wand, I would implement activities which would welcome them into a dialogue and participation in the educational process. In my experience, this takes a concerted effort which includes people specially assigned the task of identifying leaders in the marginalized groups and leveraging them to help the people become more included in "what's going on" in the school. This is a difficult task. I myself was working class in an upper class school district. My parents, who did not finish high school, were VERY intimidated by the district (Unionville/Chadds Ford). I don't think they ever felt comfortable taking part. Our family adjusted to being different.

Do you agree with the mask mandate issued by the PA Secretary of Health? Why or why not? Would you support a vaccine mandate for school district faculty and staff? Are there other measures that you feel should be taken to make sure our students can safely attend school in person?

 

For me, in deciding to get the vaccine, I looked at as many pros and cons as I could. In the end, after losing a friend and my sister-in-law to Covid, I decided to get the shot. It sounds all well and good to say, "I don't think kids should wear masks." However, when I look at the benefits and risks, I must side with the Secretary of Health. Especially in the absence of a vaccine, what other protection do the children have? I believe it is inadequate, but better than nothing. I believe the mandate to wear masks also will protect the school district from law suits since by requiring masks, they have done their "due diligence" as far as protecting the students. In addition to mask wearing, hand sanitizer should be readily available and more cleaning of surfaces should be done. Further, I think there should be a mandate for faculty and staff to have vaccines. Way back when I was a child, we were mandated to get the polio vaccine. We all got it, and polio has been virtually eliminated. I had a cousin who had polio. It is not something I would wish on anyone.

Kristin Mitchem Hoover

 

Why are you running for school board and what personal and/or professional experiences have prepared you to serve the community if elected to school board?  

 

I am a proud graduate of the East Pennsboro Area School District. I am so grateful for the dedicated and talented EP educators who mentored me and prepared me for life after high school. Following graduation, I attended the University of Pittsburgh and earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. I later completed a post-doctoral residency, also through the University of Pittsburgh, focused on managed care pharmacy practice. With a strong connection to my family and friends, I moved back to Central PA following residency. I was eager and excited to start my career here. I have experience working in health system pharmacy and currently serve as the Clinical Pharmacy Manager for Pennsylvania’s Medical Assistance program.

 

My own journey has taught me the importance of public education and the opportunities it provides. Professionally, I know and appreciate the value of teamwork. I look forward to partnering with students, teachers, administrators, families and community members. As a pharmacist, I am a detail-oriented problem-solver. I want to understand issues and challenges, and support practical solutions that will meet our collective needs. My experiences have also taught me the importance of communication. Communication is vital - open, honest, respectful communication, with a listening ear and open mind.

 

I currently have two children in the East Pennsboro Area School District. We are here, because this is where we want to be. My parents live in East Pennsboro. Our friends are a part of this community. We are connected to East Pennsboro. I know the heart of this community and the struggles we face. I am keenly aware of the sacrifices of taxpayers who support the East Pennsboro Area School District, and I am committed to being a good steward of public funds. As a school board member, I will offer my support, experience, time, and energy to this community that has given me and my family so much. I am proud of East Pennsboro and want East Pennsboro to be the very best that it can be.

 

What actions are needed to make the educational experience in your school district more relevant to and supportive of students and their families from traditionally marginalized groups (e.g. communities of color, non-Christian religious communities, disability communities, those identifying as LGBTQ+)? How do you plan to (better) cultivate relationships with these communities? 

 

I am committed to ensuring that our school system supports all students, offers all students opportunities, and makes all students feel safe and valued. As school district leadership, we must listen to the voices of traditionally marginalized groups. We need to seek to understand the experiences of these communities in our schools. Through listening and education, we can better understand how best to support these groups; and then we utilize resources and programs to meet their needs. In addition to providing educational opportunities to lift up traditionally marginalized groups, as a school community, we can also offer opportunities to celebrate these groups- showing pride in these vital and wonderful members of our school family. 

 

Do you agree with the mask mandate issued by the PA Secretary of Health? Why or why not? Would you support a vaccine mandate for school district faculty and staff? Are there other measures that you feel should be taken to make sure our students can safely attend school in person?  

 

My number one goal is to keep our students in school. The past 18 months have reminded us all of the profound benefit students receive when they are instructed in a classroom with a teacher. This connection is so important. In-person schooling not only provides significant educational opportunities, but also allows our students to engage and grow through school sports, music programs, and extracurricular activities. In order to achieve this goal, there are several prevention strategies that can be employed- such as social distancing, contact tracing, masking, and vaccination. These strategies allow us to maintain in-person schooling. The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us the importance of maintaining a flexible COVID-19 response plan- implementing and rolling back various mitigation strategies based on the current data of COVID-19 spread in our community. Our responses need to be based on prevalence data in our community, the ever-expanding medical literature on COVID-19 and input from public health and infectious disease experts. As a healthcare professional, I continue to look to the CDC and the PA DOH for guidance. We must also recognize that there are also families whose children benefit from online instruction for a variety of reasons. Some students or their family members may be medically fragile and at a higher risk of COVID-19 complications, which leave these families opting for an online educational program for their children. I am also committed to advocating for quality online programs so families have the flexibility to choose a program that works for them. 

Dr. Pete Patitsas

 

Why are you running for school board and what personal and/or professional experiences have prepared you to serve the community if elected to school board?  

 

As an Emergency Medicine Doctor, who is on the front lines taking care of covid19 for our local community, I have direct experience and insight into the trends of infection for our local community.  With that said, with a few consistent policies, our kids and their teachers, can and need to stay in school.  Endless quarantines and irregular policies are confusing, ineffective, and add a great deal of unforseen consequences such a suicide, which is soaring in incidence among children.  Our kids are being trained for life at school and robbing of them of in-person learning, at this stage of life, is a great harm to their long term futures.  school is where these kids learn life skills, social skills, facts, strategy, and become aware of the world around them. Keep them in school. 

 

What actions are needed to make the educational experience in your school district more relevant to and supportive of students and their families from traditionally marginalized groups (e.g. communities of color, non-Christian religious communities, disability communities, those identifying as LGBTQ+)? How do you plan to (better) cultivate relationships with these communities? 

 

We live in a diverse world of people, ethnicities, cultures, and backgrounds.  Consistently emphasizing that each person's identity and history is valuable is only half the battle. We also need to take steps to help kids figure out just who they are and what they stand for.  Everyone needs to learn how to be respectful to others of different backgrounds.  However, our kids also need to learn how to engage in respectful discourse, debate, and discussion. I want our kids to have opinions, to know how to fact check them, and to stand for something.


Do you agree with the mask mandate issued by the PA Secretary of Health? Why or why not? Would you support a vaccine mandate for school district faculty and staff? Are there other measures that you feel should be taken to make sure our students can safely attend school in person?  

 

I do agree with the mask mandate. I do believe that adults should be vaccinated. The world health organization does not recommend children being vaccinated. 

West Shore Mayors Offices

 

New Cumberland

Joan Erney

Why are you running for Mayor, and what personal and/or professional experiences have prepared you to serve the community if elected?

I am running for Mayor to bring a new voice to our local leadership. I recently retired; and bring years of experience as a leader to the role of Mayor. I am a long time resident, having grown up in New Cumberland, and came back over 30 years ago to live here with my mother and raise my son. I have a law degree and over 35 years of background in behavioral health. I have a vision of New Cumberland ( NC) that builds on our history but moves us forward toward being a more welcoming community with a more transparent local government.

 

What is your vision for the role your borough/township can have in addressing climate change? If you support addressing climate change, what steps are you willing to take if elected?

 

Our former borough president was committed to the environment and NC is currently part of the Chesapeake Initiative. As a community with green space, maintaining and enhancing our parks; creating an infrastructure plan to address our sidewalks and trees all can contribute to combating climate change.

Please identify specific areas where transparency is not adequate in your township/borough governance. What would you do to change this? Would you support public reporting of police activity (such as traffic stops) by race and ethnicity? If not, why not?

 

Currently Borough Council meetings are not live streamed, or recorded. There is limited input from community residents and no follow through on issues that are raised at the Council. There is also inadequate openness regarding the financial matters of the borough including the role the borough is playing for the NC revitalization project. I have been and will continue to ask for an updated communication plan for the Borough. There is currently limited public reporting of police activity; I would support enhancing that effort and reporting on race and ethnicity.