Democratic Contender Announces Run for Cranberry Supervisor
Michael Warrington says he wants to focus on road infrastructure and quality of life in the township.
Another candidate has thrown his name into the ring to run for Cranberry Township’s Board of Supervisors when Dave Root’s term expires in 2013.
Longtime resident Michael Warrington said he plans to seek the Democratic nomination in the May primary election,
Root, a Democratic, recently announced he would not seek re-election after four years on the board.
A resident of the Pinehurst neighborhood, Warrington has been married to his wife, Rachel, for 12 years. For the last five years, he was worked for the Eat n’ Park Hospitality Group. He currently is a manager at an Eat n’ Park restaurant.
Warrington said he decided to run for local government because he wanted to get involved in the governing of the community. His platform will include focus on expanding some of Cranberry’s main traffic corridors, including on Route 228, Route 19, Rochester and Freedom roads. He added he does not believe Cranberry gets its fair share of infrastructure improvements from the state or the nation’s capitals.
“These roads are nearing maximum capacity and action should begin soon,” he said. “I feel in a short period of time traffic will exceed capacity and will impact the businesses and home purchases.”
Warrington said he also is concerned with quality of life issues. Although pleased Cranberry recently was ranked as one of the best places in the state to raise kids, Warrington said the community needs additional cultural and recreational programs.
“These issues not only factor into a better quality of life but also translate to an increase in our home values,” he said. “Everyone knows that Cranberry’s home values continue to rise faster than in other nearby communities and I would like this to continue. I fully support the park system and think we need to think about future recreational needs as we continue to grow.”
“Public safety is the backbone to a healthy community,” he said. “I want to assure that our taxes are spent efficiently and want to be make a strong effort to benchmark Cranberry’s expenditures compare to other local communities and of communities of similar size in the state.”
In the coming months, Warrington said he plans to run a grass roots campaign that includes going door-to-door to speak with residents and get a better understand of their needs in the community.
“I know most people are concerned with presidential elections, as we should be, but consider how much local issues impact your life on a daily basis,” he said. “The importance of electing the township supervisors should not be taken lightly and I hope to make a strong case to gain the trust of the public.”
Two other Cranberry residents also have announced their intentions to run for the Board of Supervisors in 2013. Cranberry Township Volunteer Fire Company President Bruce Hezlep and Seneca Valley School Board member Eric Gordon are both seeking the Republican nomination in the May primary election.
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