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2 candidates seek 1 seat on Ontelaunee Township board of supervisors

Two candidates are vying for the only open seat on the Ontelaunee Township Board of  Supervisors this fall.

Incumbent Kenneth M. Stoudt is running as a Democrat against Republican challenger Joshua D. Steingraber.

Township supervisors serve a six-year term.

We asked the candidates to respond to two questions:

Question 1: Why do you believe you are the right person for this position?

Question 2: What are the most important issues facing the school district right now, and how do you plan to address them?

Kenneth M. Stoudt, 74.

Party: Democrat

Background: A resident of the township since 1953. Worked as a layout man junior for Met-Ed and then joined Heyco Metals Inc. Retired after 40 years of service. Been involved in local government since building his home in the township. Has held the position of chairman of the board of supervisors and roadmaster in the township.

Response 1: I believe I am the right person for this position because of the experience I have serving the township. Along with the other two supervisors together we can make decisions for the betterment of the residents of this township and the community. I can be the voice that is needed to make the township the best it can be. I have attended many seminars, conferences and training to gain knowledge of what is required for the township operations. I have years of experience and together with the road crew employees, the township equipment is maintained within the parameters of the budget.

Response 2: There are many important issues that are facing the township. Of course there is the pandemic, whereby everyone is living a different type of life right now. Taxes is always a big issue for municipalities. I intend to hold the line on taxes as long as we possibly can. Development is happening in and around our township. I want to work with the developers as much as possible.
This position is not just a one meeting a month position. There is a lot to do each month and a lot of correspondence to deal with on a daily basis. I work hard to be on top of things as much as possible.

Joshua D. Steingraber, 42.

Party: Republican

Background: Born and raised in Berks County and graduated from Valley Forge military Academy in1997. Went on to graduate from Dickinson College in 2001 and then went to the Reading Police Academy and graduated in 2004. Was CEO of Environmental Options Group from 2001 to 2006. Worked for the Caernarvon Township Police Department from 2005 to 2006. Employed with Central Berks Regional Police 2006-present

Response 1: I have been a resident of Ontelaunee Township since 2006. Since that time I have raised my two children here who attend the Schuylkill Valley School District. I try to be as active in my community as my career allows me. As a police officer, serving a community is exceptionally rewarding and to have the opportunity to serve my fellow Ontelaunee residents would be a great honor. I have served on the Ontelaunee Township Municipal Authority, and I currently serve on the Ontelaunee Township zoning board. I have a passion for the safety and well-being of those who work and live in this community. I have zero political ambitions beyond this office, and my only goal is to make sure that common sense and responsible management of our tax dollars are the deciding factors when making decisions.

Response 2: Two of the most important issues facing Ontelaunee residents are the safety of our residents and the responsible development of business and industry within the township. Because of our close proximity to the city of Reading and numerous major traffic ways that crisscross our township policing is a serious concern. Under our current leadership that safety we have come to appreciate and respect was almost broken apart. We need to strengthen our bonds with neighboring areas and ensure that the citizens of Ontelaunee are receiving the best services for their money.

Source: Berkshire mont

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