3 seek 2 open seats

The Community Connection - - FRONT PAGE - By Evan Brandt ebrandt@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @PottstownNews on Twit­ter

NEW HANOVER » The race for two open seats on the board of su­per­vi­sors fea­tures three can­di­dates, one of whom is an in­cum­bent.

Kurt D. Ze­browski is un­op­posed for his bid to com­plete the two years re­main­ing on the seat he was ap­pointed to last year. He won both the Repub­li­can and Demo­cratic lines in the spring pri­mary.

He is run­ning on a team with Repub­li­can Wil­liam “Ross” Snook and fel­low in­cum­bent Marie Livels­berger, who was bounced off the Repub­li­can pri­mary bal­lot in the spring af­ter a com­plaint by op­po­nent Repub­li­can Shawn Mal­loy.

The com­plaint had to do with Livels­berger missing on an elec­tions fil­ing dead­line, a vi­o­la­tion

that Mal­loy him­self also com­mit­ted, but for which no for­mal chal­lenge was made.

Livels­berger earned a spot on the Demo­cratic bal­lot in the pri­mary through a write-in cam­paign.

In his can­di­date re­sponse, Snook, 65, wrote that he is run­ning be­cause “I wanted the op­por­tu­nity to help ed­u­cate the Town­ship and its ad­min­is­tra­tion about haz­ardous waste and how it should be prop­erly han­dled. Af­ter the past two years of ac­tu­ally work­ing for the Town­ship in this ca­pac­ity, I have seen the need for my work to con­tinue. I am run­ning for Su­per­vi­sor to en­able my work to con­tinue, but to ac­tu­ally have a “true vote” in how the waste should be han­dled.”

Snook added, “I also be­lieve the su­per­vi­sors need to take a very hard look at the fu­ture de­vel­op­ment of the town­ship in re­gards to new con­struc­tion. A proper bal­ance needs to be main­tained be­tween the old and the new, and a look into the fu­ture needs to be done soon, be­fore there isn’t any open space left to en­joy a lit­tle ‘el­bow room.’”

A re­tired ge­ol­o­gist with a de­gree in earth science from Penn State, Snook wrote that if elected, his goal is “to al­ways do the right thing and only vote on an item af­ter I have stud­ied and re­viewed the “whole Pic­ture” as to what is be­ing voted on and it’s fu­ture ef­fects on the town­ship and to be hon­est and trust­wor­thy.”

In her re­sponse, Livels­berger, 53, wrote that “I seek elec­tion to re­tain my po­si­tion as su­per­vi­sor be­cause it is im­por­tant that the res­i­dents of New Hanover Town­ship have rep­re­sen­ta­tion they can trust. Some­one who acts with­out per­sonal or po­lit­i­cal agenda, who will make de­ci­sions based on ob­jec­tiv­ity and who will serve the com­mu­nity with honor and in­tegrity.”

A ben­e­fits spe­cial­ist with more than 30 years ex­pe­ri­ence in ac­count­ing, pay­roll, hu­man re­sources and em­ployee ben­e­fits, Livels­berger is “an ad­min­is­tra­tive vol­un­teer with New Hanover Vol­un­teer Fire and Res­cue, cur­rently serv­ing as the chair of the trustees.”

Livels­berger wrote that “my goals are to con­tinue to pro­vide trans­par­ent com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the res­i­dents, help to con­tinue to make re­spon­si­ble fi­nan­cial de­ci­sions, en­sure land use or­di­nances are prop­erly fol­lowed, and to do my part to as­sure the town­ship is man­aged as ef­fi­ciently and ef­fec­tively as pos­si­ble.”

In his re­sponse, Mal­loy, 40, wrote “I chose to seek of­fice to be a true ad­vo­cate for the town­ship res­i­dents and tax­pay­ers. As the town­ship grows, it is im­per­a­tive to con­ser­va­tively con­trol the tax rev­enue of the town­ship to pre­vent tax in­creases.”

A po­lice of­fi­cer who pre­vi­ously served as a New Hanover Town­ship Au­di­tor, Mal­loy wrote “if elected I would en­sure com­plete trans­parency. With­out con­flicts of in­ter­est which have plagued the Town­ship for years, I have the abil­ity to be a true ad­vo­cate for all res­i­dents. Over-de­vel­op­ment of the Town­ship is of great con­cern which would detri­men­tally im­pact the en­vi­ron­ment, town­ship in­fra­struc­ture, and fur­ther bur­den the school district, lead­ing to ad­di­tional tax in­creases.”

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