Wednesday, May 2, 2007

The Ballot Box - Ross Township

This Tattler has some information about the upcoming elections in May, which are only a few weeks away. There are a ton of candidates throughout the North Hills so get out there and vote.

Ross Incumbent Commissioner Dan DeMarco will face a challenge from local resident Tom Sunday to represent the first ward (Berkley Hills area). DeMarco is aiming to get elected to a third term while Sunday, a former Shaler commissioner, thinks it is time for change.

From the Trib:

DeMarco, a lawyer who has been endorsed by the Ross Township Democratic Committee, is standing on his record over his two four-year terms.

"I believe that I've done a tremendous job in the nearly eight years that I've served as commissioner. I've voted a lot of the time to not only take care of my own residents, but making sure I'm involved in region wide efforts, such as the issue with our sanitary sewage system," DeMarco said.

Sunday, a community manager who served as commissioner in neighboring Shaler and recently moved back to the ward, said it needs better representation.

"I personally feel the 1st Ward needs more attention in Ross Township. I feel the ward needs more attention by a commissioner that wants to be more involved with the community and its constituents. After you're in office for a couple terms, you forget what you're supposed to be doing," he said.

As you may have gathered, this is not the only race for commissioner but the only one that is contested in the primary. In this Tattler's opinion, this race is pretty lackluster because DeMarco will most likely get re-elected based on name recognition over Sunday.

Don't get this Tattler wrong, DeMarco has done fairly well as commissioner. But it is probably difficult for a challenger to point out many problems in the ward when they're basically non-existent.

Remember, this is the North Hills not the City of Pittsburgh.

If you really think about it, the majority of a commissioner's job is working on the yearly budget and approving monthly expenses to keep things running smoothly. So it can be hard for them to make their mark in the community but DeMarco has been pretty visible.

If you would cast your vote for either of these candidates, Ross Township's first ward would still be in good hands.

Working to keep you posted...

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