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Ferguson Township Board of Supervisors Ward 2

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    Prasenjit Mitra
    (Dem)

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    Janet Whitaker
    (Rep)

Biographical Information

If elected, what will be your three top priorities, and how will you address them?

Date of Birth 05/09/1971
Education Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, 2003 M.S. Computer Science, The University of Texas at Austin, 1994 B. Tech. (Hons.), Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, 1993
Qualifications I am not a politician. I have been my academic my whole life. I have extensive leadership experience and want to use my skills to serve my township. I have been chosen as a Fellow in the Academic Leadership program for the Big 10 Academic Alliance in 2019. I have served as the Associate Dean for Research for the College of Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State. Prior to that I was the chair of the faculty council (equivalent to a department chair) in our college. I have raised over four million dollars in research funding and successfully spent it to pursue high quality research.
1. Citizen Engagement and Involvement: Use my information technology background to figure out how we can inform and get better participation from our citizens in municipal governance and decisions. Website improvements, more effective use of social media, comprehensive communication strategies, engaging with community activists and action groups, hosting or facilitating community days/events have all been shown to be effective.

2. Climate Change: We need prudent and sustainable development of our township. We need to preserve the farmlands where advisable and we need to develop our town sustainably to leave a better place for our children and grandchildren. I will focus my efforts towards sustainable plans for evidence-based, cost-effective methods to reduce the carbon footprint of our township.

3. Responsible Spending: My objective is to get the best value for any township money we spend. I am not penny-wise/pound-foolish. That is, my objective is not always to reduce current spending if it increases our costs down the road. But, I want to be a very prudent steward of our taxpayers' money. How much money do we have? What is the best way to spend that money? I am a deliberate decision-maker not afraid of investing in our future but I also want to cut waste wherever I can to get the best possible deal for our taxpayers.
Date of Birth April 11, 1950
Education BA. Social Science
Qualifications High School teacher for 24 yrs. Ferguson Township Supervisor 4 yrs.
If elected, I would like to help in passing legislation that encourages family values. As an alternative to digital entertainment, I would emphasize family activities through the development and maintenance of parks. In regards to the general welfare of the community, I would support the police and first responders in keeping our community safe from drugs and gangs. Safety and a healthy community are important. Maintaining roadways, finding alternative ways to reduce traffic and remaining sensitive to our townships infrastructure are things I am passionate about. I would like to see our township be on the cutting edge in the treatment and eradiication of Lyme disease. Educating the public about how prevalent the tick problem is in Ferguson Township is key. I would work to encourage well planned business development in the township. Job are vital to living in a dynamic community. If elected, I would listen to my constituents ideas and concerns when weighing and making decisions that affect our comunity.

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