The race for the Maidencreek Township supervisor will see two candidates vying for one seat.
Township supervisors serve six-year terms. No incumbents are running. Chairman Claude Beaver’s term ends Dec. 31.
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?
Joe Farley, 66, Maidencreek Township
Background: I was born and raised in northern Jersey. Many members of my family, including my father and grandfather, held offices and were politically active, so as a young man I was politically active on campaigns and became a district committeeman. In the 1980s I was Middlesex County, N.J., Coordinator of Democrats for Reagan. In 1985, my family and I all being conservative Democrats, reaffiliated to The Republican Party. I was then endorsed for office for councilman at large. I moved to Pennsylvania, where I had future aspirations of staying involved and eventually running for office.
I am a conservative pro-Constitution, including 2nd Amendment, pro-life, America First Republican. I’ve been an active Republican involved with campaigns since the 1980s with President Ronald Reagan’s. I’ve held many positions and been endorsed for office numerous times over the years. My wife and I have been Maidencreek Township residents for 33 years . I have been proactive in our community over the years in many ways benefiting our residents.
Response 1: I believe that I am the right person for this position because, for starts, I vow to put the needs of our people and our township first, before politics. I am a great communicator and listener and will always work for the common good, welfare, safety and well-being of our community. I maintain conservative morals and values and believe in the dignity and respect of all human beings. I will always stand up for our freedoms and those values and Biblical values and principles that our Founding Fathers invoked into our Constitution, Bill of Rights, and Declaration Of Independence, and institutions across this great land of ours. I will fight for lower taxes and will always voice my opposition for any kind of wasteful pork-barrel spending and will make sure that the taxes collected from “we the people” are used and appropriated properly. I am against sanctuary for illegal immigrants, and believe in immigrants coming in legally and earning their keep as our predecessors did. I am a law and order person who believes and will defend the rule of law and the U.S. Constitution. I support the Northern Berks Regional Police as well as all the men and women in blue. I believe in and support a well-equipped, strong, sufficient, effective, respected and present police force to protect and safeguard our community and enforce all of the laws and rules as well as the rules of our community park. I am also against high density Section 8 low-income housing in our community.
Response 2: 1) Keeping our township safe and secure with a strong and sufficient police force.
2) Keeping our township clean, keeping the parks and streets clean.
3) Keeping our township prosperous by keeping taxes low and preventing wasteful spending and proper distribution of our tax dollars that will benefit the people/township.
4) Keep our township great by favoring and implementing a lot of fun public events and recreation.
5) Putting “we the people” and our township first, before politics/ programs and events and additions to benefit us.
6) Traffic safety/ more lights where needed in high-crash areas and high-crash incident intersections
Joshua Meck, 37, Maidencreek Township
Background: Senior substation designer
Response 1: I have been really involved in our community and even more so the past two years. While attending these meetings not only have I seen firsthand what has been going on but it is what made me make the decision to run for supervisor. I think being involved with one’s community is very important, and I’m not one to sit around and complain but am one to get involved. That being said, a township supervisor’s role is to work together not only with the residents but with the other supervisors for what’s best for our community. Having almost 20 years in civil design in power generation and substation design I have a unique set of skills dealing with engineering and also as a professional. Also I feel being younger and involved as I am in our community I can provide valuable input to the board and also get younger families more involved with our community. Maidencreek is a wonderful community to raise a family and being a K-12 graduate of Fleetwood School District myself, I feel there is a lot to offer here.
Response 2: Currently storm water and flooding are a major issue in our community. While this doesn’t necessarily affect all residents personally, it affects a large portion. This matter has already gotten some traction with the current supervisors, but I would like to see it through to some kind of mitigation. Secondly, being an involved resident I feel that we can do better as a whole community in getting more residents involved. We have wonderful facilities for our residents and the parks and recreation board does a great job, however, I have been to those meetings and sometimes I was the only resident in attendance. I think with more community outreach we can draw more involvement and really hear what the community wants to see. My campaign signs say that Maidencreek residents need a voice and if I can help facilitate that then I will have accomplished what I have set out to do. Questions, comments and concerns should not fall upon deaf ears when it comes to the community because as taxpayers we are all in this together.
Source: Berkshire mont