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New Mt. Pleasant council member hopes to bring fresh ideas to board

| Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010

David Pritts was recently named by Mt. Pleasant Borough Council to fill the vacated Second Ward council seat.

Pritts said with this appointment he hopes to bring new ideas to a group that he admires for its commitment and contributions to the small Westmoreland County town.

"I knew that I wanted to serve the community, and I see how much our local government members are very involved in making Mt. Pleasant a better community with improvements to Main Street, the Veterans Park project and the Glass Festival," Pritts said. "It's nice to see all the energies that the local council, the mayor and employees put in our borough, and I would like to be part of future improvement."

Pritts, who is married and the father of two, has been employed with Armstrong Cable as a system technician. He is also involved with St. Pius RC Church.

Pritts is a Deputy Grand Knight with the Knights of Columbus, works with the Holy Name Society and volunteers for the Conn-Area Catholic School Performing Arts Committee, the St. Pius Festival Committee, and the Alternatives, Yes Pregnancy Support Group.

Pritts is looking forward to his latest effort of offering his time to the town.

"I read an announcement in the newspaper about applications being accepted, and I thought to myself, that's something I'm interested in doing five or 10 years from now when my daughters are older." Pritts said. "But I kept thinking about it, and then the mayor approached me about it and suggested that I might be a good candidate for the position. I figured I better jump on the opportunity now because you never know when the opportunity might come again."

In addition to the general duties of a borough council member, Pritts will be in charge of property maintenance and codes for the borough.

Council President Joe Bauer is pleased that Pritts stepped up to fill the vacant seat and feels the new council member will be a true asset to the borough.

"It's really hard to get anyone to come forward to become involved these days, and we were happy when he showed interest in the seat," Bauer said. "He has a good background in volunteering, and he also has been very active in his church. I know everyone is very reluctant right at first to get real involved, but I think that he is going to be a great council member and one that will really be a big help to the borough."

Pritts has been active in politics by helping with political campaigns. But this is his first foray into the political field. He said he is passionate about the history of the country and the paths laid by the forefathers.

"I have a passion for history and especially American history," Pritts said. " I have a patriotic duty that stems from our founding fathers and their willingness to sacrifice everything they owned and their lives for freedom and for self-governance. Many great Americans before us gave their lives defending our freedoms. I feel very honored to be able to participate in citizen self-governance in the greatest country on God's earth."

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