Mt. Pleasant mayor seeking re-election
Longtime Mt. Pleasant Mayor Gerald Lucia, 67, has announced his bid for re-election, hoping to retain the seat he has held for more than 20 years.
Seeking his eighth term, the Democrat hopes to earn the backing of voters.
“I've put a lot of heart and hard work into the role of mayor over the years,” Lucia said. “I've been fortunate enough to be in a position that I have been able to help a lot of people in Mt. Pleasant. I want to continue to help and continue to see things prosper.”
Prior to his position as mayor, Lucia served six years as a Second Ward councilman. He is the borough's volunteer fire chief, a position he has held for 37 years; serves as emergency management coordinator; and is a member of the Westmoreland County Firemen's Association, Western Pennsylvania Firemen's Association and state Firemen's Association.
Longtime general manager of Klocek Vault in Mt. Pleasant, Lucia is a past president of the Westmoreland County Boroughs Association, past member of the State Democratic Committee and served as benefits representative for the UAW Local 2055 of Volkswagen of America Corp.
Lucia is a past board member of the Regional Family YMCA, Frick Excela Health System and present member of the Pennsylvania Concrete Burial Vault Association.
Active in the community, Lucia coached football for the Mt. Pleasant Junior Football League and is one of the founders of the Mt. Pleasant Glass and Ethnic Festival.
“I am very proud to have a part of the glass festival since its beginnings,” Lucia said. “That is one event that has grown over the years to become one of the nicest festivals around.”
Other projects Lucia is proud to have been a part of include: maintaining the Christmas light displays; placement of the first gazebo in Veterans Park; and being head of the Mt. Pleasant Firemen's Fair, a position he has held for more than 20 years.
“People don't realize how important that fair really is,” Lucia said. “The proceeds that we make from the fair are about one-quarter of the fire department's annual budget, and that is money that we then don't have to bother the taxpayers for.”
Lucia said that since he began serving the community in 1979, first as a councilman then mayor, he has missed only two monthly council meetings.
“I really enjoy the meetings,” Lucia said. “I like to stay on top of things.”
Lucia said he hopes to continue in his role of mayor, one that he has enjoyed and one he feels can be enhanced even further with his continuation in the seat.
“My mind is always on the whole town and how to make things better,” Lucia said. “We have such a great mixture of different nationalities and people from different backgrounds and everyone helps each other here. We have a library, a hospital, a great downtown and a superb school district. What else could a mayor want besides all that? I'm very proud to have been a part of Mt. Pleasant as its mayor, and I hope that the voters support me as they have in the past.”
Lucia and his wife, Diana, have two children and six grandchildren.
Marilyn Forbes is a freelance writer.