Come and meet the candidates for the upcoming seats on the Gloucester County Board of Supervisors positions. 3 seats are open this season for 2014. Those seats are York District, Petsworth District and At Large position. The At Large supervisor's position is one where that particular supervisor represents all residents of the county and not just one specific district within the county.
We are going to introduce each candidate from left to right.
1. Phil Bazzani, York District candidate
2. Graham Blake, York District
3. Mike Jenkins, Petsworth District
4. Grant Keller, At Large Position, Covers Entire County
5. John Meyer, At Large Position, Covers Entire County
6. Marsha Mickle, York District
7. Mr Winebarger, Petsworth District
As soon as we get a chance, we will be putting up audio from the forum so that everyone can hear the candidates positions. We will try and get that up before the end of the week. The central themes of the forum were very clear, taxes are going up and are out of control, a lack of new business into the area to help grow the tax base and take some of the burden off the residents, a present Board of Supervisors who are out of control and do not listen to the people they are supposed to serve.
Now it is up to you, the voter, to decide whom you think are the best candidates to represent you in both the county as well as your district. To help that process, we have made our selection based on sound ideas, passion for wanting to do the best job they can, the right ideas and ideals and the best answers. What we can tell you is that the decisions were very tough on building our A list and we debated our decisions for several hours based on the facts before us.
Our A list selection is as follows;
For Petsworth: Mr Winebarger had the most passion for the position with very sound answers to tough questions.
For York District; Marsha Mickle. Our toughest decision. Phil Bazzani was an extremely tough person to beat, but we felt Marsha Mickle had a little more personal passion for the position and the time to do an incredible job for her constituents.
For At Large; Grant Keller. Again this was an extremely tough call to make. John Meyer was at the top of our list even coming out of the forum. We spent over 4 hours with Grant Keller after the forum and he convinced us that he is in fact the right person for the job. He presented us with his ideas and concerns and we felt we had to throw our support to him after an incredible job and well thought out objectives and visions that he clearly conveyed.
Now that makes our B list rather clear with one exception. The York district has 3 people seeking to represent the constituents. So our B choice has to go to Phil Bazzani. Graham Blake moves to the C list. What was sad are the jokes overheard about Mr Blake based on his age that he might not live through the 4 year term and there was speculation that he may even need naps during the 3 hour meetings. Though he is up there in age, we thought the jokes were reckless. He does have considerable experience he brings to the table that still needs to be taken into consideration.
On a final note for this post, we would like to thank Katie Thompson and her staff for producing this forum and a job very well done.