5 seek 3 Up­per Pottsgrove com­mis­sioner seats

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

UP­PER POTTSGROVE » The com­mis­sion­ers race here pits two Democrats against three Repub­li­cans for three open seats on the board.

Repub­li­can Martin Schreiber is the only in­cum­bent, although Re­nee Spaide, an­other Repub­li­can, is a for­mer mem­ber of the board. The third Repub­li­can is Trace Slink­erd.

The two Demo­cratic can­di­dates are Gloria Parker and Ty­rone Robin­son.

Schreiber, 46, is seek­ing his sec­ond term and holds a bach­e­lor’s de­gree, “and af­ter that I be­came a para­medic and I self-em­ployed,” he wrote in a can­di­date re­sponse to the Dig­i­tal First Me­dia can­di­date ques­tion­naire.

He is run­ning again to “try and lis­ten to the peo­ple and be their voice. I work for a liv­ing just like most of the vot­ers and feel that we should have our voices heard.”

If re-elected, Schreiber wrote his top goal would be “keep­ing the com­mu­nity safe while not rais­ing taxes.

In her re­sponse, Spaide, 59, wrote she de­cided to seek of­fice again af­ter be­ing “asked by many neigh­bors and res­i­dents.”

The owner of Fin­ders Keep­ers in Kutz­town, Spaide holds a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in fine arts and a mas­ter’s in ed­u­ca­tion.

If elected, Spaide wrote her pri­mary goal will be to “con­trol spend­ing, keep taxes from not be­ing raised, keep­ing the town­ship as I have al­ways known it to be.”

In his can­di­date re­sponse, Robin­son, 67, wrote that he de­cided to run be­cause “I have the de­sire to work for the ben­e­fit of my com­mu­nity.”

Robin­son has 35 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in the steel in­dus­try and 13 of th­ese years were spend as an in­dus­try elec­tri­cian. He also has 76 cred­its Millersville State Col­lege.

A res­i­dent of the town­ship for 27 years, he is a dea­con at his church.

If elected, Robin­son said his top pri­or­ity would be “to be a just rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the peo­ple I serve and Up­per Pottsgrove.”

In his re­sponse, Slink­erd, 57, wrote that he de­cided to run be­cause he is “in­ter­ested in lo­cal gov­ern­ment and its op­er­a­tions.”

A re­tired U.S. Army colonel, Slink­erd is a for­mer ex­ec­u­tive in the fi­nan­cial and en­ergy sec­tors.

He has a mas­ter’s de­gree in the arts and USMA from West Point, and a mas­ter of science de­gree from the US Army Se­nior Ser­vice Col­lege in Carlisle.

He wrote that he has “ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence in ex­ec­u­tive leadership, strate­gic plan­ning, op­er­a­tions, pro­gram man­age­ment, or­ga­ni­za­tional de­sign and so­lu­tion de­vel­op­ment in the federal and state gov­ern­ment as well as in the fi­nan­cial and en­ergy sec­tors.”

If elected, Slink­erd wrote his pri­or­ity would be to “pro­vide a safe and se­cure town­ship at the least cost with the best ser­vice.”

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

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