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Solebury Township Supervisor (6 YR Term) {_getChooseLabel(this.selections.length)}

The Township Board is the governing body for the township. The Township Supervisor oversees the provision of township services, enacts ordinances and sets the borough budget and taxes.

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    Mark Baum Baicker
    (Dem, Rep)

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    John S. Francis
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

What do you consider to be the most important issues facing your community, and how do you propose to address them?

Why are you running for this office?

What qualifications and experience do you have that will assist you in the performance of the duties of this office?

Experience President/Owner of financial services firm for 30+ years. Member of Solebury Board of Supervisors since August 2017; twice elected as Chair.
Education Washington University in St. Louis: B.A. Temple University School of Law: J.D., LLM (Taxation)
Email address mbbaicker@gmail.com
Campaign Phone (215) 262-7499
The most important issue is providing our residents the level of services they expect while maintaining a reasonable tax structure, with public safety being a top priority. Since I have been a supervisor, we have expanded our ambulance/emergency services to full 24/7 advance life support and strengthened our police force (with our first 2 full-time female officers). I am currently working with PennDOT to improve the condition of our state roads, many of which are in poor condition. Public safety also includes threats to our environment. We have and will continue to take strong stands against fracking an unneeded pipelines. One of my initiatives is to make our government more accessible by holding public forums on issues of importance to those who live in Solebury. We are continuing to expand our parks and trails and have aggressively pursued grants to reduce the cost to our residents. And we have one of the lowest overall tax rates in Buck County.
I'm running for office because I want Solebury to remain a great place to live in a rapidly-changing world. I believe that with my financial and legal background, my 25+ years as a Solebury resident, my experience as a Supervisor, and my passion for dealing with the issues we face, I can continue to be an effective public servant.
My most important qualifications and experience include my legal and financial background; my 30+ years as a small business owner; my experience as Chair of the Board of Supervisors for the past year; my 25+ years as a Solebury resident; and, perhaps most importantly, my passion for dealing with the issues we face. The latter is crucial, since I am a good listener, and I truly believe that is a quality that has and will continue to enable me to determine what is most important to our residents.
Experience Over 45 years working in the international corporate and institutional environment as planner, designer and project manager.
Education BA in Interior Design at Kingston University, London, UK.
Email address jstuartfrancis@gmail.com
Campaign Phone (215) 693-1362
Twitter @francis1350
Recognizing the changing environment we all live in is critical to understanding what will be most important, while listening to the community provides our agenda. We must build on the legacy of our historic past, while creating a future in the face of demanding environmental, demographic and economic change. For example we are developing a planning vision for our business district on route 202. This must be done in a responsible way which balances our natural resources with economic reality. A sustainable community is one that can grow to provide for jobs, families, education, and leisure while also keeping taxes low. Our tax base is one of the lowest overall in the region. We have kept it this way by keeping a tight rein on expenditures, searching out state and federal monies where available and enacting our Preserved Land program. We will continue to increase business opportunities and enhance our natural resources while addressing issues such as recycling and the use of plastics.
I am running for office because I believe in the values that have been established by my predecessors in Solebury. These values focus on a holistic environmental approach balancing nature, climate, resources, economics, and growth. Our community is a microcosm of this interconnected system and it is only by listening to the local needs and putting them in the context of the larger global whole, that we can develop a sustainable environment for our families to enjoy and prosper into the future. I believe that I can bring my energy and experience to bear on these issues and needs. I have spent the last 5 years in Solebury paying attention to the community and understanding how I might be able to help. I believe I can!
I have worked around the world for over 45 years in the fields of architecture, planning, design and project management. I have faced demanding pressures from corporations and institutions in the context of large and very complex projects, and also focused on the finest of details for individual clients. While in Solebury I have been on the board of the Primrose Creek Watershed Association and its president in 2017/18; I have been a member of the township Environmental Action Council, the Zoning Hearing Board and most recently as Vice Chair of the Board of Supervisors. I have developed guidelines for sustainable building practices; led efforts to monitor and ensure a good outcome of the quarry activities on Phillips Mill Road; provided oversight and board liaison to the creation of the park at Aquetong Spring; and I am also co-leading the visioning for the Land Use and Transportation Plan on route 202. It is critical to bring these initiatives to conclusion and I know I can do that.