3 vie for 2 open board seats

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

LOWER POTTSGROVE » Three can­di­dates are seek­ing two open seats on the board of com­mis­sion­ers in the Nov. 7 elec­tion.

Ray Lopez and Earl Swavely Jr. are the Repub­li­cans and the in­cum­bents.

Demo­crat Michael Bianco is hop­ing to win one of those seats.

Repub­li­can Robert W. Mo­hollen is un­op­posed to com­plete the two years re­main­ing in the term of the seat he was ap­pointed to last year.

In his can­di­date re­sponse, Lopez, 67, wrote that he is run­ning be­cause he wants to “con­tinue to serve the res­i­dents of Lower Pottsgrove Town­ship, a task I ac­cepted dur­ing the two pre­vi­ous years ap­point­ment.”

Lopez has worked i n mu­nic­i­pal gov­ern­ment for many years, in­clud­ing as a codes of­fi­cer and Pottstown Bor­ough Man­ager.

If elected, he wrote that his pri­or­ity will be “to con­tinue my ef­forts in see­ing that the tax­pay­ers are re­ceiv­ing mu­nic­i­pal ser­vices as ef­fi­ciently as pos­si­ble, elim­i­nat­ing any du­pli­ca­tion of ser­vices and main­tain­ing pro­fes­sion­al­ism and time­li­ness in the ex­e­cu­tion of those ser­vices. Elim­i­nate any waste and main­tain­ing open­ness and trans­parency through­out our mu­nic­i­pal ser­vices”.

In his re­sponse, Swavely, 67, wrote that he is run­ning be­cause “af­ter a ca­reer as a pub­lic ser­vant since 1975 I wanted to be able to serve the com­mu­nity I live in and found that be­ing a town­ship com­mis­sioner would be great way to ac­com­plish that. If re-elected I look for- ward to keep­ing Lower Pottsgrove a great place to live work and play.”

Swavely is the re­tired po­lice chief in West Pottsgrove Town­ship with 39 years of ser­vice in law en­force­ment. He has cred­its from sev­eral col­leges and grad­u­ated from the Penn­syl­va­nia State Po­lice Academy for Mu­nic­i­pal Po­lice Of­fi­cers.

He is a past mem­ber of town­ship’s zon­ing board. He was ap­pointed com­mis­sioner in 2015 and is run­ning for a full four-year term.

“Qual­ity of life is­sues a very im­por­tant,” Swavely wrote. “I will work hard to main­tain our pro­fes­sional po­lice ser­vice and pub­lic works depart­ment keep­ing our res­i­dents safe as well as keep­ing our roads main­tained and clear in the win­ter while stay­ing fis­cally re­spon­si­ble.”

Bianco did not pro­vide a re­sponse to Dig­i­tal First Me­dia’s can­di­date ques­tion­naire.

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