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Township of McCandless Member of Council Ward 5

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  • Joseph M. Beierle
    (Rep)

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    Angela Woods
    (Dem)

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Last Name Woods
First Name Angela
Middle Name Marie
Age 40
Campaign Phone (412) 219-7673
Campaign Email angela@woods4ward5.com
Campaign Web Site http://www.woods4ward5.com
Education BS Agricultural and Biological Engineering with a minor in Environmental Engineering from Penn State University
Qualifications for office I have put my career on hold to be a stay-at-home mom for my four children. I've completed two international expatriate assignments and made several domestic moves. Everywhere I’ve lived, I have dedicated my time to serving the community. I’ve delivered for Meals on Wheels, packed backpacks for FOCUS+ Pittsburgh, served breakfast at the Pleasant Valley Men’s Shelter, and driven for 412 Food Rescue. I’ve volunteered my time at an orphanage, at churches, at schools, and at a retirement home. I am currently serving on the ToM Environmental Advisory Committee and CMS Gifted Advisory Council.
Facebook @woods4ward5
District Ward 5
Communication with residents, responsible development, and non-partisan representation are my top three priorities for this office. I support ideas like town hall discussions and neighborhood walk-throughs to give residents a chance to interact with their representatives. I believe that improved channels of communication will help the Town make better informed decisions regarding development that is done with respect for residents. The people of McCandless deserve representation with high standards and elected officials who are accountable to the residents, not political parties.
I support an inclusionary housing provision in our zoning ordinances so that people of all economic backgrounds have access to housing. I support the adoption of a resolution adding sexual orientation as a protected class to the list created by the federal Fair Housing Act so that members of the LGBT community are not discriminated against in rental agreements. I support a policy for advertising positions for boards, committees, and employment in minority-focused publications to attract greater diversity of applicants. We are a diverse community, we should embrace that.
Establishing a civilian and officer oversight committee would be a low cost means to improve accountability. Concerns from the community and from within the department could be addressed by citizens and officers side-by-side to ensure that all points of view are being considered and honored. Our officers should feel supported and our community should feel safe. We all deserve to be heard and treated with respect. I believe that an oversight committee can help accomplish these goals.