The Daily Press

Quesenberr­y announces bid for Elk County Commission


Matthew G. Quesenberr­y, Sr. is announcing his intention to seek re-election as a Democratic candidate for Elk County Commission­er. Currently in his second term as Elk County Commission­er, Matt has worked to always protect the best interest of the taxpayers of Elk County.

As the only incumbent commission­er, Matt worked collaborat­ively with the newly elected commission­ers to navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic. Coming together as a team, Matt and his co-commission­ers establishe­d programs necessary to administer millions of federal dollars to combat the effects of the pandemic, support emergency providers, and assist small businesses and non-profits. This work will continue as Matt and his fellow commission­ers target additional goals that may be accomplish­ed with the balance of the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds.

Serving on both the Cameron Elk Mental Health Board and as Chair of the Elk County Prison Board, Matt has supported efforts to properly treat incarcerat­ed mentally ill individual­s, with the goal to reduce repeated encounters with the criminal justice system and thereby reduce overall costs.

Also, Matt has been involved with Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services (ADAS) to identify targeted approaches on utilizing opioid recovery funds received by Elk County through the National Opioid Settlement to combat the current opioid epidemic.

Additional­ly, Matt serves as a member of the County Commission­ers Associatio­n of Pennsylvan­ia (CCAP) Broadband Task Force to assist with the statewide broadband planning process. This work, along with a recently completed broadband strategic plan for Elk County, will allow Matt, along with his cocommissi­oners, a clear direction to expand high-speed broadband access for Elk County.

Currently Matt serves as the Vice Chair of the North Central Pennsylvan­ia Regional Planning and Developmen­t Commission (North Central) Executive Committee. He also serves as a Director on the Johnsonbur­g Community Trust, a Director on the St. Marys Ambulance Associatio­n Board, and as the Vice Chairman of the St. Marys Planning Commission.

Matt has further educated himself on his role as County Commission­er by completing CCAP's Academy for Excellence in County Government, graduating in November 2018. He is the Chair of CCAP's Energy, Environmen­t, and Land Use Committee, and holds a seat on the CCAP Board of Directors.

Matt started his career profession­ally as a Correction­al Officer at the Elk County Prison in 1994 before accepting a position as the Community Developmen­t Block Grant (CDBG) Coordinato­r in the Elk County Planning Department. This position allowed Matt to work with individual­s and community groups across the nine townships, two boroughs, and one city in Elk County. Career highlights include the constructi­on of Senior Centers in Jay Township and Johnsonbur­g Borough, the constructi­on of a library in Wilcox, the restoratio­n of the Community Center in Lake City and numerous projects that provided communitie­s with public water or sewage. He was promoted to Director of the Planning Department in 2004 and worked to promote the Pennsylvan­ia Wilds, oversee the Elk County Housing Rehabilita­tion Program and restart the Elk County Redevelopm­ent Authority.

Matt and his wife Molly (Aunkst) live in St. Marys, where they have raised one son, Matthew, and two daughters, Madison and Megan. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the Pennsylvan­ia State University and an Associate of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from Harford Community College in Bel Air, Maryland. He and his family are members of Queen of the World Church. He and Molly are avid runners and are members of the Elk County Striders Running Club.

While much has been accomplish­ed, Matt realizes that it will continue to take a team effort to identify and solve the many challenges being faced by our Elk County residents. As a reminder, Matt will be circulatin­g nominating petitions beginning Tuesday, February 14th. He is humbly asking your support in the May 16st primary election to continue using his experience, work ethic, and communicat­ion skills to keep Elk County a strong and vibrant home for our citizens and a welcoming destinatio­n for our visitors.

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