Ferguson Township Board of Supervisors Ward 1
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Ralph F. Wheland
If elected, what will be your three top priorities, and how will you address them?
Date of Birth
March 14, 1968
BS, Psychology, 1991
I'm a 30 year resident of the region, and an active community member knowledgeable about the issues.
My first priority is that citizens are given a seat at the table and voice in decision-making. I’ll establish citizen advisory committees to assist with important decisions affecting the community. Committees I’ve helped to establish include the Township Parks Committee and a Sourcewater Protection Stakeholder Committee.
I strongly support government that’s transparent, accessible and responsive to citizens. I’ll continue to work one-on-one with, and advocate for citizens.
And I’ll continue to build an economic development strategy that invests in our natural and agricultural heritage. We have a beautiful natural world around us in Ferguson Township. Not only beautiful, it is also a solid base on which our agricultural economy was founded and a way to grow the economy sustainably. I will continue to work with the residents of Ferguson Township to plan and invest in economic and community development that builds on the natural beauty and heritage of the Township.
Date of Birth
Graduate of State College Area High School, U.S. Air Force Electronics School
I am a life-long Ferguson Township resident who has served 23 years on the planning commission, at times as the chair. I have also served as the Ferguson Township representative to the Centre Region Planning Commission and on various subcommittees throughout the years focusing on local development and township ordinances.
1.Fiscal responsibility through prudent use of Township resources and tax revenue. Ferguson Township has historically been conservative in budget management and I would strive to continue that policy.
2.Intelligent development and farmland preservation. . Growth is vital to a community, but must be carefully planned as permitted through zoning.
3.Quality of life. I would support our police, and public works departments as they ensure and enhance public safety. I would promote development of parks and open space for resident recreation and athletic opportunities.
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