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    Charles Beck
    (R)

  • David Piper
    (R)

  • Mark Stevenson
    (D)

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

You should be free to do what you want with your property, so I’d like to reduce ordinances requiring permits for activities such as building an accessory structure like a deck, shed, gazebo, or play structure.

It’s also important to invest money in infrastructure. Some well populated roads could use widening, shoulder work, or pothole repair. But this money has to come from somewhere, and it shouldn’t come from raising taxes. Instead, some areas of spending could be cut to allow for the money to be used more wisely.

We should also make the municipal building on Municipal Lane more accessible to residents, while also fully utilizing the building for Township use, instead of renting additional space.

I’ve lived in Stormstown my whole life, and I love the balance between rural and urban living. But now, Halfmoon Township is becoming too similar to State College. Let’s keep Halfmoon Township rural.
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Date of Birth August 11, 1961
Education BA - Penn State: Prelaw; MA- American University: International Economics and U.S. Foreign Policy; Chartered Financial Analyst, (CFA)
Qualifications Served for 11 years as Halfmoon Township Supervisor, including Chair of the Board multiple years; Served on the SEDA-COG Board of Directors; Served as Vice Chair on the Spring Creek Watershed Commission; Currently Vice Chair and Halfmoon's representative to the Upper Bald Eagle - Halfmoon Council of Governments; Certificate of Completion - Penn State Economic Development in Pennsylvania Course; Working with Port Matilda Volunteer Fire Company to help strengthen their membership and finances;
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My three top priorities: 1) Build the financial strength/viability of the volunteer fire companies and EMS providers that keep our township safe; 2) Explore ways to purchase the development rights for some or all the land in Halfmoon Township that abuts Patton Township near Grays Woods to keep it ag land forever; and 3) Build community in Halfmoon Township so our residents can enjoy an increasingly connected and vibrant place to live.

Strengthening our first responders: We live in a region that is the largest in the state still supported by volunteer fire companies, but these public safety bodies are struggling mightily to find volunteers and to stay financially solvent. And they face these struggles to keep us safe purely as volunteers. I will address this crisis by supporting significant increases in our annual budgets to fund these organizations and do everything I can to drive up their membership ranks.

Exploring permanently preserving land: While a long shot, I would love to use the Township's Open Space Preservation Program to leverage the County's Ag Land preservation program and private donors' funds to attempt to negotiate the purchase of development rights so this land can never be developed. I will work with interested land preservation organizations to pursue this goal.

Building Community: I will seek to establish a Halfmoon Citizens Sustainability Group to pursue more sustainable ways to conduct township business, which in the long run saves us all money