Rogacki announces candidacy for mayor
Wishing to enhance the community, Democrat John Rogacki of Mt. Pleasant has announced his candidacy for mayor.
A lifelong borough resident, Rogacki, 70, has been involved in many capacities in Mt. Pleasant for decades, and he hopes to continue as an active community member from the mayor's seat.
“I actually decided back when Jerry was running for county commissioner that I would be interested in running for mayor,” Rogacki said of Mayor Gerald Lucia's bid for Westmoreland County commissioner in 2011. “I had decided on it then, so I just decided to follow through with it.”
A graduate of Ramsay High School, Rogacki attended Penn State, Fayette Campus, and Westmoreland County Community College. He served with the Navy Seabees in Southeast Asia.
He is a Third Ward Democratic committee person and an honorary life member of Medic 10. He served several terms on Mt. Pleasant Council.
“I served on different committees and areas and went wherever I was needed,” Rogacki said of his time on council. “I did whatever I was asked and served where they needed me.”
He worked for 30 years at Amcel Corp. as director of operations at the former Modulus plant in East Huntingdon Township and at the former Super Value Rostraver Township facility.
“My work focused on bringing large and small corporations into those multi-tenant sites,” Rogacki said, adding that at the Super Value site, several Fortune 500 companies were relocated into the facility. “The industrial sites I've managed have brought hundreds of jobs to the area.”
Rogacki said that if elected, he would like to focus on several aspects of the community, broadening the business base while working to improve borough services.
“I will work with the business community to attract new business to the borough, and I will work very closely with and try to secure grants for our police, fire and emergency medical services,” Rogacki said. “I also want to aggressively deal with the drug problem that plagues our community.”
He said he would make an effort to better open the lines of communication, setting times at the borough building for residents to visit and voice their opinions or concerns.
“I'd really like to see the people of Mt. Pleasant be given the opportunity to voice their grievances in a different way than they have been able to in the past,” he said. “I'd like to be available a couple hours each week to listen to any problems that the people of Mt. Pleasant may have.”
Rogacki said he will retire officially in the spring and would be able to focus 100 percent on his position and duties.
“Mt. Pleasant remains a vibrant community with strong institutions, a strong sense of identity and an ethnic diversity and harmony that has always defined us,” he said, adding that he hopes his experience and background speak for themselves. “I've come to know our town as well as anyone, and my experience speaks for itself. I'd like to look into making a more effective business community and work on bringing Mt. Pleasant forward.”
Rogacki and his wife, Beverly, have three children and three grandchildren.
Marilyn Forbes is a freelance writer.
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