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Mayoral candidates seek input from Bridgeville community

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By Chris Ramirez
Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009

The two candidates for Bridgeville mayor each say they are counting on more than residents' votes in the Nov. 3 election.

They're also looking for guidance.

Democrat Donald L. Dolde is seeking a fifth term as mayor, but is facing a challenge from councilman Pasquale B. DeBlasio, a Republican.

Dolde and DeBlasio agree that Bridgeville, population 5,300, has managed to stave off some of the more profound effects of the recession like those suffered in high-growth communities. But each man has a different take on what the borough needs for continued success.

Dolde, a married father of five adult children, was first elected mayor in 1989. He said he would retain his focus of overseeing the operations of Bridgeville's eight-officer police department, which has been without a police chief since March.

"We don't have many negative issues, I'm proud to say," said Dolde, 70. "I want us to just continue what we've been doing."

Traffic concerns and improving access to walking areas in Bridgeville are high priorities for DeBlasio, 46, though he pledged also to listen to feedback from residents. He said as mayor he would apply "a gentle guiding hand moving things forward" in a community that has experienced few recession-related foreclosures and job losses.

"The people will tell me what we need, and I'd work to get it done," said DeBlasio, who served on Bridgeville's parking authority before voters elected him to council in 2005.

"The biggest challenge I face is getting the community to decide what they want to do. After that, moving forward is really easy. When that happens, heaven helps what stands in our way."

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