Six seek one of four open four-year seats on Brentwood Council
By Stephanie Hacke
Published: Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, 9:01 p.m.
They each have unique idea for how to make Brentwood the idyllic place to live and raise a family.
Some want to find ways to bring in additional revenue sources. Others want to continue to make infrastructure upgrades.
Six people are seeking one of four open, four-year seats on Brentwood Council in the Nov. 5 election.
Incumbents Rich Schubert, who is cross-filed as both a Republican and Democrat, and Elizabeth Ann Schade and John Frombach, both Democrats, will square off against Dean Trent and Stephanie Fox, both Republicans, and Jayson Livingston, a Democrat, for a four-year seat on council.
Democrat Robert Pasquantonio is the only person seeking one open two-year seat for Brentwood Council.
Here's a look at the candidates in the contested race:
Schade and Livingston did not respond to inquiries.
Family: Mother of four school-age children
Education: Robert Morris University
Political party: Republican
Background: More than 20 years in the construction and development industry; former liaison on the Allegheny County Bar Association's Construction Law Section and Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee; Junior Achievement educator and mentor for the young; former treasurer and council member of St. Katherine Drexel Elementary School and a Habitat for Humanity volunteer.
Fox said she seeks a position on Brentwood Council “because I see a great opportunity for Brentwood to become a place to move to once again. Sadly, this opportunity is in danger of slipping away because of inaction, lack of knowledge and poor planning by our governing body. I see and realize the need to continue on with the recent rehabilitation projects in Brentwood but it appears that some members of council currently feel it is OK to leave areas of these projects incomplete, to indefinitely delay future projects or to drastically scale back other efforts such as the recently installed road paving program. These areas of rehabilitation and redevelopment are of utmost importance if Brentwood ever wishes to regain the eye of families and businesses looking for a place to relocate to,” she said. “I see Brentwood taking the first of many needed steps to move forward.”
If elected, Fox said, she would like to “expand on the momentum created by the first projects in the park and carry that momentum to other areas of the borough.”
It's important to keep moving forward, she said.
“Expanded thinking and knowledge on different revenue sources for the borough need to be explored.”
John W. Frombach
Family: Married to Elaine; no children
Education: Bachelor's degree in education; M.Ed.; elementary/secondary principal's certificate; letter of eligibility for superintendent
Political party: Democrat
Occupation: retired educator/school administrator; self-employed education consultant
Background: Member of Brentwood Borough Council, where he was appointed to fill a vacancy in March 2013; member of Brentwood Borough Planning Commission; chairman, Brentwood 4th of July Committee; past president of Whitehall Community Lions Club; past district governor of District 14-B (Allegheny County) Lions Club; member of Brentwood-Baldwin-Whitehall Chamber of Commerce and past director; member of Brentwood Business Owners Association; and a member of Christ United Methodist Church.
A more than 26-year resident of Brentwood, Frombach said, he is seeking election “to give back” to the community.
“For almost 100 years, Brentwood has had a tradition of being a family-friendly community with exceptional services for all ages. We are a walking community that represents a model of small-town America. Based on my 34 years in school business administration, I feel that I can provide expertise to the community to further enhance it as a place for families to locate and live,” Frombach said.
If elected, Frombach said he wants to “maintain a stable and prudent financial budget plan for the borough, establish and implement a plan for infrastructure improvements, and secure funding for the improvements.”
Family: Wife, Shannon; daughters Elizabeth and Emily, son Evan
Education: Bachelor's degree from the University of Pittsburgh, Nursing degree from Shadyside School of Nursing
Political party: Democrat
Occupation: Registered nurse
Background: He was appointed to Brentwood Council in 2012 to fill a vacant seat. He serves on council's finance and parks and recreation committees and has been a Special Olympics coach for more than 20 years.
As a lifelong Brentwood resident, Schubert said, he is seeking a seat on Brentwood council because he has a “genuine love for the community. I plan on raising my family here and want the borough to be a better place for my children as well as all the children of the borough.”
If elected, Schubert said, he would continue to work with the Brentwood Park Initiative to continue improving the borough park.
“The transformation the park has made thus far has been amazing,” he said. “The time and dedication the BPI has put into our park has been a true blessing for the borough. “
He also will work to “address our capital improvement projects in the most efficient and cost-effective way to mitigate tax increases,” Schubert said.
Family: Wife, Raquel Diamond; children: Christian Trent, Michael Trent, and Olivia Trent; stepchildren: Gabrielle Diamond, James Diamond.
Education: 1987 Brentwood High graduate; bachelor of arts degree from Slippery Rock University and a paralegal certificate from Duquesne University.
Political party: Republican
Occupation: Nationally licensed Real Estate Title Insurance business owner. He is licensed in 36 states.
Background: Executive manager for a company in the real estate title insurance field. More than 20 years experience working in real estate; more than 10 years experience as a senior manager working on contract negotiations and new business development. He also was an assistant coach for Moore/Elroy youth basketball in 2011 and currently is an assistant coach for the Brentwood Dukes football team.
Trent is a second-generation Brentwood High School graduate. His father graduated from the district in 1958. Trent graduated from Brentwood High School in 1987 and his oldest son will graduate in 2015, he said. His youngest, though, is in the class of 2023.
“Therefore, my family and I have a lifelong commitment to the community and a have long-term interest in the future. I believe that my experience in business (and as a business owner), will enable me to be a strong member of Brentwood Council,” he said.
If elected, Trent said, he would “hope to have a role in the development of new revenue sources for the community” to help fund public safety and crime prevention and improve economic developments.
* Read more about what these candidates said the main issues in Brentwood are and what they would do to solve them on Thursday at www.yoursouthhills.com.
Stephanie Hacke is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5818 or email@example.com.
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