Two seek to serve as Birdsboro mayor.

The Southern Berks News - - FRONT PAGE - By Re­becca Blan­chard rblan­chard@21st-cen­tu­ry­ @boy­er­town­times on Twit­ter

Two can­di­dates are run­ning for mayor of Birdsboro.

In­cum­bent Mayor Joseph Peter­son, a Demo­crat, is fac­ing a chal­lenge from An­thony Sci­oli, a Repub­li­can.

In ad­di­tion to his du­ties as mayor, Peter­son works as an As­so­ciate Bro­ker/ Sales man­ager at RE/MAX of Read­ing.

He says Birdsboro has been sig­nif­i­cant changes over the past four years and, look­ing to the fu­ture, he wants to keep the bor­ough mov­ing in that same pos­i­tive di­rec­tion.

He said with the start of the Birdsboro Power Project and the Au­to­mo­bile Mu­seum on Main Street, the bor­ough will see tremen­dous change over the next sev­eral years. “I want to con­tinue to work with Bor­ough Coun­cil to make Birdsboro a great place to live, work and raise a fam­ily.”

He added that, if re­elected, he will con­tinue to op­pose the clo­sure of Birdsboro Ele­men­tary Cen­ter and will be the voice for the kids go­ing to Birdsboro schools.

An­thony Sci­oli is cur­rently re­tired from the U.S. Army and now works as a re­gional sales man­ager for lo­cal high-tech firm, Ame­tek. Sci­oli is run­ning for mayor as well as a seat on the Birdsboro Bor­ough Coun­cil.

His ex­pe­ri­ence in­cludes 30 years in the mil­i­tary, re­tir­ing as a colonel. He says dur­ing that time, he learned and prac­ticed sound lead­er­ship skills, the abil­ity to learn from oth­ers, and how peo­ple should be treated by their lead­er­ship in govern­ment.

He is run­ning be­cause he has a de­sire to serve and “to help the peo­ple of Birdsboro achieve their Amer­i­can dream.”

If elected, he says his agenda will “re­flect the main thing Birdsboro’s fam­i­lies want, need and de­serve from its govern­ment: a safe, pros­per­ous com­mu­nity for fam­i­lies and busi­ness.” He added “The citizens of Birdsboro want a public ser­vant who val­ues in­tegrity and trans­parency – that’s me. I want to cut your taxes, lower your wa­ter costs and cre­ate a safer, friend­lier place to work, live and raise fam­i­lies.”

He says he works well un­der pres­sure and will serve all bor­ough citizens.

In re­gards to the bor­ough coun­cil race, seven can­di­dates are com­pet­ing for the three open seats.

The can­di­dates in­clude Democrats Mary Ann Cot­ter, Robert My­ers, Cindy Mcgee, and Repub­li­cans Jim Arms, Ge­orge Walker, Jonathan Barnes, and An­thony Sci­oli.

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