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Schade's term on Brentwood council filled by underdog Fox

Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, 4:42 p.m.

Stephanie Fox always pulls for the underdog.

“I'm an outside the box thinker. I push the limits. I speak for those who can't,” said Fox, 38, a 12 year Brentwood resident with four children who has spent nearly 25 years working in the construction industry.

Brentwood Council members appointed Fox to a vacancy on council at their meeting on Monday in a 6-0 vote.

Fox will serve the first two years of Councilwoman Ann Schade's term. Schade, 63, died on Jan. 19 before being sworn in to serve the four-year term for which she was elected to on Nov. 5. During the next municipal election in two years, residents will vote to fill the seat for its remaining two years.

Council members selected Fox for the open seat mainly because of the most recent election results, where she came in fifth in a race for four open four-year council seats, council President Marty Vickless said.

“The other reason was because of her activity in the borough and her support with the way the borough is going,” Vickless said, noting that there is a lot going on in the borough, so appointing someone quickly to allow them to get to know the issues was important.

Fox was sworn in to office by Mayor Dennis Troy on Monday night.

The open council seat was not advertised for public submissions because it came so quickly after an election where people had the chance to run for office if they wanted a chance to serve on borough council, Vickless said.

Fox, a 1993 Baldwin High School graduate, said she sought a position on council because she wanted to help bring change to the community.

“It was stagnant,” she said. “You can't move forward standing still.”

Fox, who has worked as an executive at South Hills Builders for the last five years, said she plans to be a voice for Brentwood residents.

“I do things for a purpose,” she said.

Fox serves as a mentor for children through Junior Achievement and always works to “instill in the kids that you can do this, you can be whatever you want to be.”

Helping the community is important to her, said Fox, who recently started the “Brentwood Community Sports Exchange,” that she runs out of her home, where she exchanges sports gear between parents who need it.

“So that everybody in the community has the chance to play,” Fox said.




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