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Incumbent supervisor challenged in Fawn campaign

| Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 12:56 a.m.
Garry Christy for Fawn Commissioner
Carrie White, Democratic candidate for Fawn Township supervisor

The race for the Democratic nomination for Fawn Township supervisor is a clash of two distinct candidates.

Garry Christy, 67, is the incumbent, an 18-year member of the supervisors.

Christy said his main focus as a supervisor is to maintain Fawn's rural atmosphere.

“People move out here because they like that it's rural,” he said. “We need to keep it that way.”

The challenger is Carrie White, 49, a political newcomer, who agrees on some issues with Christy — such as keeping Fawn rural.

But White feels that it's time the supervisors experience some diversity.

“I think it's time we get a woman in there and get some changes, instead of just the same voices,” she said. “My campaign is built around transparency and accountability.

“Allowing residents to have an active voice in their community is very important.”

One of the bigger stories in the township over the last decade has been the quality of the public water supply.

“Everyone's concerned about the water,” Christy said. “It's a cost to the township, and we need to figure how to make it better quality.”

White said if she were elected she'd live up to her campaign promises and make sure residents are more educated about the status of the water. “The quality of the water was a concern for years,” she said. “There's been high levels of trihalomethane in the water.

“There's no follow-up given and notification what's been done to rectify it,” she said. “When water sits in a bowl and it changes color, there's something wrong.”

White said she's even more worried about the water quality after recent developments with natural gas drilling in the township.

“If they can't control the water now, how are they going to manage it when there's drilling, and there are 400 chemicals (that could seep in),” she said. “We have to be concerned.”

Christy and White also agreed that they want to maintain a safe atmosphere in Fawn.

“We have to keep our police department 24-hours-a-day,” Christy said. “It's important to Fawn that we maintain a full-time police presence.”

White said she moved to Fawn 21 years ago, because of its safety.

“We used to keep our doors unlocked,” she said. “Now, my brother just recently had his home broken into.

“Fawn needs to be rural — and safe.”

R.A. Monti is a freelance writer.

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