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Democrat challenging for Richland board seat

| Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, 9:01 p.m.

A shared desire to “give back” unites the Democrat challenger and Republican incumbent vying in the Nov. 5 election for the District 2 seat on the Richland Township Board of Supervisors.

“The township has been good to my family and me, and I would like to give something back,” said Democrat Robert Pavlecic, 56, a quality-management clinician for Community Care Behavioral Health.

Pavlecic wants to replace Republican John Marshall, 53, owner of John Marshall Catering, who is seeking re-election as a Richland supervisor.

“I grew up here. I've gone to school here. I've lived most of my life here,” Marshall said. “I just want to provide for the community that has provided for me, and do what I can for the community.”

Marshall is a graduate of A.W. Beattie Vocational-Technical School, now the A.W. Beatty Career Center in McCandless. He worked for Marriott Corp., before he became a business owner and self-employed caterer. Marshall also is treasurer of the Richland Township Republican Committee.

Pavlecic said he “can't remember when we had anybody running against anybody.”

Pavlecic has master's degrees in community mental health and elementary education. He is a graduate of Allegheny College, Trinity College and Chatham College, now Chatham University.

Pavlecic cited his 30 years of experience in the behavioral health field as good experience for public service.

“I have learned to listen, advocate and compromise, all characteristics that I think will serve me well as a township supervisor,” Pavlecic said.

Pavlecic and his wife, Laura, have a 16-year-old son and 14-year-old daughter.

Marshall is a divorced father with three children and three grandchildren.

“You can't walk into the grocery store without somebody asking you about something, Marshall said. “I tell people, ‘If there's ever a problem, give me a call.' We have such a nice community. We want to keep it a nice community,” Marshall said. “We don't want it overpopulated or overbuilt.”

Pavlecic also said he favors controlled development in Richland.

“There has been growth in our township, which is good for the school district and good for the community,” Pavlecic said. “I would like to be a part of the planning for continued growth, to ensure that plans include existing members of the community as well as newcomers.'

Incumbent Richland Supervisor Barton Miller, a Republican, is running unopposed for a second term as District 4 supervisor.

Deborah Deasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6369 or ddeasy@tribweb.com.

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