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BRUCE KELLEY

for BLAIR

COMMISSIONER

To the Editor:

As we near election day, one of the most important races is for Blair County commissioner. I am proud to offer my support to Bruce Kelley.

Bruce’s 14 years of experience on Altoona City Council and his previous work in local government will serve him well in this important role. Over the years, I’ve witnessed his devotion to the residents of Altoona and his commitment to keeping taxes low while maintaining vital services. He’ll draw on that experience and his intelligence to keep Blair County government effective and efficient. Bruce possesses a unique ability to lead and a passion for helping others.

Most important, Bruce has been a champion of law enforcement. His support of our local police and first responders is unwavering. As our county continues to battle the war on drugs and other crime, it will take someone with the right skillset to maintain our court system and devote the proper resources to our county row offices. Blair County’s court system has never been busier and Bruce understands that it’s important we hire, train, and maintain the right people and staff to get the job done.

Finally, I support Bruce because he won’t need on-the-job training when he’s elected. He’ll be ready to begin moving our county forward from day one. That’s why I urge you to vote for Bruce Kelley on May 21.

Richard A. Consiglio, Esq.

Blair County District Attorney

Hollidaysburg,

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To the Editor:

When I think of qualities a Blair County commissioner should have, I think of Bruce Kelley.

Kelley is a leader, a visionary, a gentleman and an advocate for local government. I worked professionally with Kelley during my career, and he always managed to get things done correctly and took the lead on challenging tasks.

We need someone in the commissioners’ office that has these characteristics.

Another reason that I’m supporting Kelley is because of his outstanding track record for supporting necessary emergency services in our community.

As the mother of a retired police officer, I saw Kelley, while on Altoona City Council, work together with the police and fire department to protect our communities.

Please vote Bruce Kelley on May 21.

Carol Martino

Altoona

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To the Editor:

I am endorsing Altoona City Councilman Bruce Kelley for Blair County commissioner because of his knowledge of balancing budgets while trying to keep his conservative stance in opposing tax increases.

Kelley realizes it will be important to keep taxes low while maintaining county services.

He has been working effectively for 14 years on city council to achieve fiscal stewardship.

Kelley understands 18 percent of our county residents are senior citizens. Most live on fixed incomes, so it is imperative to show financial responsibility.

I was proud to serve with him as mayor and have witnessed the revitalization of the downtown and other parts of Altoona.

As a county commissioner, he will be a watchdog over our tax dollars.

Join me in voting for Bruce Kelley on May 21.

William Schirf

Altoona

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To the Editor:

As we near the primary election cycle for 2019, the most important race is for Blair County commissioner.

In viewing the field of candidates, there’s only one that has the track record to take charge of the issues facing our county, and that’s Bruce Kelley.

I’ve known Kelley for about a decade. I’ve seen him serve Altoona respectfully and with good intentions. I’ve always admired him for his dedication to his family, his work and his passion for local government.

When electing someone for county commissioner, we need someone with experience in handling tough governmental challenges. Kelley has been a proven defender on holding the line on tax increases in the city and has always been accountable to his constituents.

I support him because he won’t need on-the-job training when he’s elected. Please vote for Bruce Kelley on May 21.

Daniel Gioiosa

Altoona

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To the Editor:

With the election up-coming, I’m writing to express my support for Bruce Kelley for Blair County commissioner.

I’ve worked with Kelley before, and he’s exactly the leader our county needs to handle the many difficult decisions that our county is facing.

Kelley has been an avid member of various community organizations and he’s worked with local government, in some aspect, for the majority of his working career.

He brings traits of caring to government that often isn’t seen by many in today’s public service.

Knowing Bruce Kelley as well as I do, I fully support him and I hope readers will support him, too, on May 21.

Traci Clapper-Dodson

Duncansville

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To the Editor:

I’m writing on behalf of Bruce Kelley, a candidate for Blair County commissioner.

I’ve known Kelley for many years and watched him grow up in the church where he developed his values. He is a man who loves his children and is actively involved with them.

Kelley serves on Altoona City Council with 14 years of experience and helps manage a city with a $31 million budget and over 200 employees. Using this experience, Kelley will address the county’s underfunded pension, train and retain quality employees and fix the operational issues at our county jail.

As a conservative, he will work to control spending and keep county government accountable to the taxpayer.

I believe that Kelley will work to represent the best interests of all Blair County residents. He is the correct choice for commissioner. Vote Bruce Kelley on May 21.

William Neugebauer

Altoona

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AMY WEBSTER

for BLAIR

COMMISSIONER

To the Editor:

Please allow me this opportunity to introduce my dear friend, Amy Webster, who is running for Blair County commissioner. Amy is warm and friendly, caring and compassionate, and deeply committed to her Christian faith. She is also unashamedly conservative, standing firmly in defense of life and traditional American values. She has proven herself to be fiscally responsible while serving on Hollidaysburg Borough Council, and has invested countless hours into defending Blair County taxpayers from unfair assessment in recent years.

As an attorney and real estate broker with many years experience in Blair County, she not only recognizes the many problems with the 2016 reassessment, she intends to correct them, beginning with terminating all contracts with the out-of-touch contracting company responsible for the debacle. She believes that Commissioners must be more accessible to County residents, and personally involved in the appeals process, to ensure accountability. She has the experience, the intelligence, and the integrity for the job. She recognizes that County government must work not only for those in the center of the county, but also those of us in the surrounding boroughs and townships.

I strongly urge every Blair County taxpayer to vote in the May 21 Municipal Primary, and to choose Amy Webster to serve as County Commissioner.

Chris Creek

Woodbury Township

Blair County

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BRUCE ERB

for BLAIR

COMMISSIONER

To the Editor:

As Blair Countians go to the polls May 21, I encourage you to know the candidates for office. Bruce Erb is a candidate for re-election as a Blair County commissioner. I have observed him for several years, and have seen that he has a heart for people.

He tirelessly attends meetings of various community-based groups at the local and the county level. His banking experience gives him insight into the budget workings and oversight of county funded projects. He is a quiet and thoughtful person. He is a forward thinking and approachable.

While he is willing to listen to opinion, he is swayed by facts and not feelings. This election, my family will again vote for Bruce Erb and I encourage you to as well.

Christopher Cohn

Duncansville

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To the Editor:

I have known Bruce Erb for many, many years. He was my financial advisor after my husband, Jack, passed away in 1996. He treated me with kindness and understanding and gave me sound financial advise at a time when I was lost and needed not only financial advise but an understanding friend.

Please vote for Bruce on May 21 for Blair County commissioner. I’m sure he will treat the people of Blair County in the same kind and understanding way.

Jeanne Bolger

Martinsburg

 

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