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Jeannette's challenges

| Friday, June 14, 2013, 8:57 p.m.

Thank you, Jeannette. Now that the primary is over, I want to thank all those who supported my bid for mayor of Jeannette. I would like to clarify some statements I've made in the effort to take our city in a different direction.

I cannot do this job myself. I need the cooperation of council to forge new ideas and the courage to act. Hard decisions need to be made that will affect this city now and into the future.

I hold no ill will toward anyone or any city service. But there is a time when common sense must become part of the landscape.

The city needs the police force. We surely need a fire department. How, then, do we come to a solution that would ensure a solid foundation for services the citizenry demands and Jeannette, as a third-class city, must fulfill under state guidelines?

These solutions must be met by all parties concerned. It's time to set our differences aside, come together to find the solutions to our problems and get this city out of debt. We as a city cannot afford to battle the “us vs. them” mentality. The future of “‘Jay'-town” hangs in the balance on what we do now, not in the future.

I would like to see a solid foundational change now. It will allow future generations at least the chance to enjoy what we at one time enjoyed.

Once again, I would like to thank all of you who put your trust in me to help find a path to success.

Richard Jacobelli

Jeannette

The writer won Jeannette's Democrat mayoral primary.

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