Incumbent, resident face off for Kittanning mayoral post
Voters will decide in the Nov. 5 general election who will hold the office of Kittanning mayor.
Republican incumbent Mayor Kirk Atwood, 32, and Sandra Lee Bauer, 70, a Democrat, plan to face off for the post.
Atwood secured his party's nomination to seek a second term in office against challenger George Shreckengost by 182 votes during May's primary election.
Shreckengost received 49 votes, while Atwood received 231. An additional 49 votes were cast for write-in candidates.
Bauer earned the Democratic nomination when she received 84 votes, besting Robert Fox, who got 67 votes, followed by Michael P. Johns and Thomas Ondo, who received 42 and 21 votes, respectively. There were 62 votes cast for write-in candidates.
Atwood said he got his first taste of public service when he served as a campaign intern for state Rep. Jeff Pyle, R-Ford City. Atwood said he has been driven to serve the public ever since. At 28, he was the youngest elected mayor in Kittanning's history.
If elected for a second term, Atwood said he would like the borough to remain focused on financial solvency and avoid excessive and potentially wasteful spending.
One of the largest forecasted purchases is a police dog, which Atwood said he opposes.
“We're broke and need to make sure we move in a better direction,” Atwood said. “If we purchase a dog, there are going to be huge costs associated with overtime and training, and we need to evaluate how we can afford it.”
In addition to addressing financial concerns, Atwood said Kittanning's elected officials need to “make a return to decorum.”
“Our meetings haven't been operating as well as they should, and, at times, it's been an embarrassment,” Atwood said. “We need a clear vision and leadership in this borough.”
Bauer, a lifelong Kittanning resident who has not held an elected office, hopes her volunteer background will help her become the next mayor.
She is a member of Kittanning Hose Company 4, treasurer of the Armstrong County Community Action Agency, past president and founder of the St. Vincent De Paul Thrift Shop on Market Street and president of the St. Vincent De Paul Society.
Bauer said Kittanning has many assets, including its downtown district, park and riverfront area, but the borough needs to make sure Kittanning stays clean and that properties are well maintained. She is in favor of an increased police presence, especially along Market Street and in alleyways.
“Our police's presence means a lot, especially to senior citizens,” Bauer said. “We live in a beautiful town, but it's not drawing people because it has not been kept up.”
Bauer said Kittanning residents need to work together to make sure that their voices are heard by borough government, that their properties remain clean and tidy and that they can prevent problems, as they have already begun to do through the Kittanning Crime Watch.
“People are starting to call in and report things and get things documented,” Bauer said. “Our people must be involved to turn the borough around and to make it a safe place to visit, live, shop and come for recreation.”
Brad Pedersen is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-543-1303, ext. 1337, or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Hacker stuns Dayton family with computer takeover
- Defense seeks delay in start of Kittanning Township teen’s murder trial
- Company supplies industry worldwide with products made in South Buffalo
- EDA rejects Ford City’s offer to repay debt over 50 years
- Adrian man sentenced to 10 years in prison for sex crimes
- Lenape adult learning center in Manor offers free job-readiness classes, job training
- West Shamokin closes band camp with new director
- ‘Drugs Kill Dreams’ celebrates 15th year in Armstrong County
- Kittanning traffic snarls expected as bridge renovation work wraps up
- Spontaneous street celebrations marked WWII’s end 70 years ago
- State agents arrest Ford City man on child porn charges