Position sought: Cranberry Township supervisor
E-mail address: DaveSteed‐CT@hotmail.com
Address: not provided
Family: Wife, Sherry; dog, Ginger
Education: Bachelor and master of science in engineering, University of Pittsburgh School of Engineering; master of business administration,
Carnegie Mellon University Tepper School of Business
Related experience: While not having served in public office before, I hold a
business-development role at a multinational engineering firm. Past work experience includes service industry, small start‐ups to large international organizations.
What is the primary reason you are running for this office? Cranberry Township is where I live, work, and plan to raise a family. I hope to share my talents, skills, and experiences with the residents and businesses in the community. My family and I have a long-term stake in the success of the area. Electing me would add another generation to the board, thus broadening its diversity of ideas and priorities.
Additionally, I want to continue building on the strong foundation and successes Cranberry Township has had over many years. We have been – and will continue to be – a positive economic influence in this region.
Our hometown attracts new businesses, new residents, and new visitors even during these troubling global economic times. I want to continue this balanced growth in a responsible and prosperous manner.
What will be your single most important priority if you get elected? Sustaining the well‐rounded residential, commercial, and community growth Cranberry Township has experienced. My wife and I have made our home in Cranberry, intend to raise a family here, and plan on being residents for many decades. Having fiscally responsible budgets, attracting new neighbors, and maintaining a safe and efficient infrastructure are all critical components of being a great community in which to live.
What sets you apart from the other candidates? I am at a different stage of life than the other candidates, and it is important to have supervisors with diverse experiences and opinions. If I am elected to the board, I will be adding another generation to our elected government representation.
Married three years ago and both being engineers, my wife and I moved to this township to work, make our home, and raise a family. I want to build on the strong foundation and successes Cranberry Township has had over the years and be a positive influence in southwestern Pennsylvania.
What's your favorite thing about the community? My favorite thing about the community is just that – the community. Growing up, my street was a place where neighbors looked after each other, gathered for holidays, laughed together in good times, and provided support in bad. Neighborhood gatherings, the Cranberry CUP, Cranberry’s Community Days, and even meeting friends and new residents on the sidewalk or at the park are all part of community.
What is the biggest problem facing the community? The global economic downturn has affected each one of us, our families, and the companies for which we work. While Cranberry Township is one of the best-performing municipalities in the Commonwealth, we must maintain a self-sufficient economy.
This underscores the requirement that Cranberry maintain a competitive environment where families’ quality of life is high, residents are prosperous, and businesses thrive. The government has the responsibility to operate a lean, balanced budget.