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All seats contested in Collegeville Borough Council – The Mercury race


COLLEGEVILLE – The four open seats on the borough council and the post of mayor, all with four-year terms, are up for grabs in this year’s elections.

Outgoing Mayor Aids and “Ace” Wright-Riggins, a Democrat, is challenged by Republican Bruce Penuel.

Four seats are open on the borough council and three of the four Democrats in the running, council president Catherine Kernan, Gary Hoffmann and Marion McKinney, are titular. The fourth candidate on the Democratic ballot line is Dean Miller.

The four candidates on the Republican ballot line are John Zvarick, Lynda Migliaccio, Dan Young and George Viloras.

Below are the responses to The Mercury Candidate Online Questionnaires in the order they were received. Missing people did not complete the questionnaire by the October 21 deadline. Missing people did not complete the questionnaire by the October 21 deadline.

Aidsand “Ace” Wright-Riggins

Aidsand Wright-Riggins (Photo submitted)

Wright-Riggins, 70, is the outgoing mayor, a Democrat and lives on Stine Drive.

In his response, he wrote: “I have a PhD, Masters and Bachelor of Arts degree. I have also been honored with four honorary doctorates. My PhD is from Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virg. and my masters degree is from the Berkeley School of Theology in Berkeley, California.

He works as the CEO of a national nonprofit organization and is a member of the ordained American Baptist clergy.

In his response, Wright-Riggins wrote that he was running for re-election “to show leadership and make Collegeville a safe, vibrant, diverse and sustainable community.”

He added: “In addition, under Commonwealth law, mayors oversee the police service as the head of law enforcement. Over the next few years, we expect a transition in the leadership and staffing of the police service. It is critically important that we continue to promote community policing policies and practices as well as civilian-led police oversight. My opponent, although a wonderful and friendly human being, is a recently retired officer from our own department. I think it would be inappropriate and problematic for a junior officer of the same force to assume executive oversight from someone to whom he previously reported. I am a staunch supporter of our police. Yet I think it would be a very bad signal to consolidate absolute power in the hands of those who have and do police. “

Given a guaranteed accomplishment during his tenure, Wright-Riggins wrote: “I guarantee that I will take my oath of office seriously, in service to our entire community as a protector and upholder of the Constitution of the United States. and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. To me that means representing and defending the rights and opportunities of all of our residents and business owners anytime and anywhere, regardless of partisan perspectives. I guarantee you that four years from now Collegeville will remain proud of electing me to serve them as the champion of our community.

Bruce penuel

Bruce Penuel (Photo submitted)

Penuel, 69, has never held an elected office, however, he has a history in public service. He was a police officer for 40 years in the Collegeville borough (44 years in total as a police officer). He served with the Collegeville Fire Company for 51 years and served on the Safety Committee for the Perkiomen Valley School District.

He holds a BA in Political Science from Ursinus College and has completed graduate courses in Criminal Justice at West Chester University.

In his response, Penuel wrote that he decided to run for office because “the job of a Pennsylvania borough mayor is to run the police department. I believe that I am the best qualified candidate for the position based on my education, training and experience and my long-standing interest in the community.

If elected, Penuel wrote: “I hope to use my experience to help the police department in a period of transition where they gain three new officers and a new police chief. I believe in working with the community to prevent problems and resolve problems that arise.

Dan Young

Dan Young (photo submitted)

Young, 63, lives on Claymont Drive and is a business owner.

He holds an associate’s degree in forestry.

Young has never held an elected government position, but is the president of his homeowners association.

In his response, Young wrote that he is standing “to uphold the values ​​of our community, bring back fiscal responsibility and be the voice of my fellow citizens.”

Given a guaranteed accomplishment in the office, Young chose to “keep all of our residents safe.”

Lynda Migliaccio

Lynda Migliaccio (Photo submitted)

Migliaccio, 49, lives at Liberty Court and works as a Global Learning Specialist.

She holds a master’s degree in organizational development and leadership with a focus on adult learning and training.

Migliaccio has never held an elected public office and wrote that she is running because “I want to have a positive impact on my community”.

Given a guaranteed accomplishment in her mandate, she chose to “preserve the character of our city while bringing in businesses that strengthen the vitality of our community”.

John zvarick

John Zvarick (Photo submitted)

Zvarick, 60, lives on Avenue Clahor and works as a manager.

He has a BA in Psychology and was a McCabe Fellow at Swarthmore College.

Zvarick previously served on the borough council from 1996 to 2000 and was chairman of the finance committee.

In his response, Zvarick wrote that “With the team at For Collegeville, I look forward to rekindling the spirit of public service in our community in the tradition of the board members with whom I have been privileged to serve. in the past. I am sure we can focus on the needs of the borough without inserting the broader political issues and divisions that affect society as a whole. As a businessman and longtime resident of the borough, I also aim to bring back fiscal responsibility and curb unnecessary spending in an effort to maintain or reduce taxes. At the same time, I pledge to fully support our exceptional police forces who have played a crucial role in making our borough both safe and welcoming.

In view of the guaranteed fulfillment, during his tenure, Zvarick chose to “withhold taxes”.

Gary Hoffmann

Gary Hoffmann (Photo submitted)

Hoffmann, 53, lives on Tenth Avenue and currently sits on the borough council.

He holds a BA in Economics and Business Administration from Ursinus College. He works as a project manager.

Hoffmann is seeking re-election, he wrote, to continue to “give back to the community I live in and continue the hard work we’ve done over the past two years. If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem.

Given a guaranteed achievement in power, Hoffmann chose to “stop the tribal mentality in politics and whatever party you represent, work together for a common goal of helping the community.”

Catherine kernan

Catherine Kernan (Photo submitted)

Kernan, 74, lives on Stine Drive and is running for his fifth term on Borough Council.

She holds two bachelor’s degrees, one in English and one in secondary education, as well as courses leading to a master’s degree in journalism. She is retired from a career as Executive Director of Product and Corporate Communications in the pharmaceutical industry.

Kernan wrote that she was running for re-election because “I think all residents should be heard and respected, and our borough would benefit greatly from long-term strategic planning.”

Given a guaranteed accomplishment in the office, Kernan chose to “revitalize our Main Street, which would attract more unique restaurants and retail businesses.” Creating a more robust business district would benefit all of our businesses, improve the quality of life for our residents in our pedestrian community, and increase the value of our properties.

Dean Miller

Dean Miller (Photo submitted)

Miller, 57, gave a PO Box as his address.

He served on the Collegeville Planning Commission

He works as an engineer and holds a bachelor’s degree in software engineering.

In his response, Miller wrote that he was introducing himself because “Collegeville is a vibrant and wonderful place to live and I want it to continue to thrive. It requires all government systems and other systems to work together. It necessarily requires diversity – diversity of systems, diversity of perspectives, diversity of people. With a global perspective like mine, I intend to facilitate this type of community, where all types of people will want to live and work here.

Given a guaranteed accomplishment during his tenure, Miller chose “I would like to see many district codes clarified (which may or may not necessarily involve real functional changes). “


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