Race heats up for four-year term on Hampton Council
A 21-year-old Democrat is challenging three 55- to 60-year-old Republicans — all incumbents — for a four-year term on Hampton Council.
“I'd love to establish a community farmers market,” said Jason Kikel, a student at West Virginia University and the young Democrat running in the Nov. 5 election.
“There are many farms in the North Hills area, and Hampton Community Park would be an ideal place to host local businesses during the summer,” said Kikel, a senior at the university.
“As I complete college and return to the community I grew up in, I want to address the many concerns of Hampton's home and business owners,” Kikel said.
“During college, I completed an internship in city planning,” he said. “Currently, I'm researching housing, transportation and land use for a small town in West Virginia.”
Kikel, a single 2010 graduate of Hampton High School, is one of two Democrats challenging certified public accountant Victor Son, 60; attorney Peter Russ, 55, and business owner Cary Montgomery, 59, — all incumbent Republicans — for three seats on Hampton Council. The other Democrat in the race is Kimberly Fink.
Son is a married father of five and a graduate of Cleveland State University. He also is chief financial officer for DBC Real Estate Management, Cranberry and current president of Hampton Council. He was Hampton's controller for eight years before he was on council.
Son is seeking is a fourth term on Hampton Council “to maintain quality and consistency of township operations,” he said, and wants to “keep providing Hampton residents with quality services while maintaining fiscal responsibility.”
Russ is a State University of New York at Buffalo graduate and a partner in Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, a Pittsburgh law firm. He and wife, Carol, have two children who attend Hampton High School and Hampton Middle School. Like Son, Russ is seeking his fourth term on Hampton Council.
“I am better equipped today than when I first ran for office to address the challenges of local government,” Russ said. Russ described himself as a fiscal conservative and longtime advocate of lower taxes and smaller government. As a lawyer, Russ specializes in commercial and financial litigation.
Russ also is president of the Allegheny County Association of Township Officials and serves on the board of the Allegheny League of Municipalities.
“Experience matters,” he said. “I believe I can draw on that experience and my business background to maintain Hampton's special character.”
Montgomery, a University of Pittsburgh graduate, owns the Quilt Company near the intersection of Middle and Harts Run roads. He is a married father of three with two grandchildren. Montgomery also is president of the North Hills Council of Governments.
A former member of the Hampton Township School Board, Montgomery is seeking his third term on Hampton Council.
“Serving the community is a privilege,” Montgomery said. “I offer strict controls on spending and encourage all citizens to be involved in serving their community so that our children can enjoy a future that is even more rewarding than it is today.”
Fink, the other Democrat in the race, could not be reached for comment.
Deborah Deasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6369 or email@example.com.
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