Saturday, May 12, 2007

Why I'm Supporting Mike

This coming Tuesday, May 15, is Primary Election Day in Pennsylvania. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

In the election, Washington County Republicans will have the opportunity to elect two nominees to represent the GOP in the race for county commissioner. There are three candidates seeking the nomination. You may vote for two.

One of my two votes is going to Mike Neville of Peters Township. Here's why:

-- Mike Neville will work tirelessly to make certain that tax dollars are spent wisely. I first met Mike in the fall of 1998 when I was a staff writer for the Observer-Reporter and Mike was a member of Peters Township Council (on which he served for more than eight years). I saw firsthand how Mike carefully scrutinized township spending and gave consideration to both the macro and micro sides of government budgeting. Mike has an M.B.A. and has spent his career in business. He knows the value of a dollar – and he knows how hard you work to earn the dollars you turn over to the government. Mike Neville would be an excellent steward of the taxpayer’s money.

-- Mike Neville will actually do the hard and real work of economic development and job creation. I am confident that Mike will push the numerous county economic development agencies to move more quickly towards meaningful job creation and economic development. Mike will work constructively with the private sector to encourage growth – while at the same time not passing out sweetheart deals that hurt the taxpayers. I believe that with Mike Neville at the helm no one would take advantage of Washington County.

-- Mike Neville actively and consistently supported my campaigns for the PA House. In 2002, 2004 and 2006, Mike spent major parts of each Election Day outside of polls asking people to consider my candidacies. He was there when I was a long-shot and less of a long-shot. He and his wife, Dr. Heidi Neville, also made financial contributions to my campaigns. In supporting my campaigns, Mike demonstrated his commitment to building up democracy and the two-party system in Washington County.

If you are not yet convinced that you should cast your vote for Mike Neville on May 15, please visit his Website. or call me for more background on his candidacy and this race. If you are a registered Democrat in Washington County, please consider typing-in “Michael Neville” as a “write-in” on your ballot.

You also could help Mike by spending time outside a poll speaking on his behalf on Election Day. To volunteer, please give Mike a call directly at (724) 413-8897.

Please remember to VOTE this Tuesday!!

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