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4 seats on South Connellsville Council up for grabs

| Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, 12:31 a.m.

Four incumbents and one new candidate are vying for four four-year seats on South Connellsville Council in the Nov. 5 general election.

Incumbent Republican Karen Holbrook, 50, is seeking her first full term. She was appointed to council in August 2011.

“I had been volunteering in the community for years, and I feel that it's important to be active in your community,” she said. “It's been a wonderful experience so far, and I would like to see us continue. All of us on council work well together, and we are all here for the betterment of our community.”

Clyde Martz, 73, is a Democrat incumbent. He is seeking a third term.

Martz became involved with council after he retired.

“I wanted to do something to give back to the community and help in any way that I could,” he said.

Martz is pleased with improvements made at the borough building and to the playground and park.

“I'd like to see us finish the projects that we started and that we have planned, and we have the council to do that. We may not all agree all the time, but we work together to get things done,” he said.

Incumbent Jim Swink, 50, a Democrat, is seeking a third term.

“I got involved because I wanted to help to make things better, and I still do,” he said. “I want to continue to work on the things that we have been doing. We need to continue to work on everything that we started.”

Democrat incumbent Mark Ward, 55, is the council president. He is seeking a sixth term.

“I always felt that if there is something that you don't agree with or if you have an issue with something, then you should do something about it instead of just complain,” he said. “I felt that I would make a difference, and I feel we have a lot of loose ends and projects that I would like to see completed. We may not always agree, but we agree to disagree and still function as a group.

“We always keep everyone in the loop, and that is how we get things done.”

Challenger Republican Kim Laws, 44, has been active in the community, helping with programs and events, and wants to get even more involved with the borough.

“I want to be involved in my community and the decisions made that affect me and my household,” Laws said.

Some of the areas she believes council needs to focus on are drainage, the police department and the fire department.

“I am hoping to get elected to work with the other council members on much-needed changes in the borough,” she said.

Marilyn Forbes is a contributing writer.

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