Two commissioner seats up for grabs in Baldwin Township
Four people are vying for one of two seats up for election on the Baldwin Township Board of Commissioners on Nov. 5.
Incumbents John Paravati and Eileen Frisoli will square off against John Allen and Cheryl Schuler for a two-year seat on the board.
Allen, a Republican, did not respond to inquiries by this edition's deadline.
Here's a look at the candidates:
John M. Paravati
Family: Wife, Candace Paravati
Education: Associate's degree in CAD system management
Political party: Republican
Occupation: Civil CAD Designer for CDM Smith, an engineering and construction firm that provides transportation, water, environment, energy and facilities services.
Background: A four-year commissioner in Baldwin Township; maintains communication with Castle Shannon Volunteer Fire Department, which provides fire safety services for Baldwin Township.
Paravati said he is seeking re-election to “continue to maintain and enhance the Baldwin Township community for residents of today and tomorrow to enjoy.”
The main issues in Baldwin Township are public safety and traffic problems, he said.
“The current police contract will expire at the end of 2014. As I did for the current contract, I will work with other board members to renew the contract while considering the impact on resident tax dollars,” Paravati said.
“During my tenure, I also hope to revitalize the McNeilly Road business district.”
If re-elected, Paravati said, he would “do my best to meet the township budget without any tax increases, just as I did in the last four years as a commissioner.”
Cheryl K. Schuler
Education: Graduated from Keystone Oaks High School; received paralegal certificate from Penn State University.
Political party: Democrat
Occupation: Paralegal/office administrator
Background: Co-chairwoman of Baldwin Township Democratic Nominating Committee; previously served on the Board of the Pittsburgh Paralegal Association; volunteered with the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council tutoring adults studying for high school equivalency; taught CCD at St. Winifred Parish; participated in presidential campaigns by canvassing and making phone calls.
Schuler said she wants to be a commissioner because “I was asked to run for commissioner by a member of the Democratic nominating committee. I feel it will be an exciting opportunity for me to work with the other commissioners and the residents of Baldwin Township to keep our township safe, thriving and vibrant.”
The main issues in the township, she said, are “to keep the township taxes low, and seek increased participation from other committees.”
If elected, Schuler said, she would “work with the other commissioners in continuing plans for the next four years to keep taxes low, make improvements in the township and make our community better.”
Political party: Democrat
Background: Appointed to the Baldwin Township board of commissioners, then elected to two terms in office; attends South Hills Area Council of Governments meetings.
Frisoli said she is seeking this position “to continue the great working relationship with fellow board members, professional staff and residents to keep Baldwin Township the Baldwin we all love.”
The commission president said she hopes to continue helping to “oversee and assure a smooth transition” between township managers after the recent retirement of longtime manager Mary McGinley to newly hired township manager Rob Zahorchak.
The main issues in the township that Frisoli said need addressed are maintaining the same quality of life for residents in the “bedroom community;” keeping community spirit of involvement in recreational activities and ability to continue providing basic services in the “most efficient manner.”
If re-elected, Frisoli said, she would like to reorganize an “active citizen's rec committee” with the goal of restoring community days and other community events; secure grants and work with stakeholders for bus district improvements; and work to meet obligations for the township's sewage consent decree.
Stephanie Hacke is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5818 or firstname.lastname@example.org.