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| Sunday, Nov. 6, 2005

The two Republicans and one Democrat vying for two supervisors' seats each said one of their primary concerns is the township's budget.

Democratic candidate Jan Kun unofficially withdrew from the race, citing recent family obligations. Her name will still appear on the ballot.

"If we're lucky, we'll have a zero balance at the end of the year," said Michael Liberati. "They've been spending money pretty freely."

One example is the $350,000 Wise Hill Road project, which Liberati said should have been paid for through the capital funds account, instead of getting a loan.

"The next board is challenged with paying back the road project," Liberati said.

Barbara Noll and Thelma Jewart also think the township has been overspending.

"I'm not comfortable with the so-called budget surplus," Jewart said, adding that UPARC appealing its property assessment also will hurt the township.

Harmar Supervisors

The two four-year terms are unpaid for new supervisors.

Michael Liberati

Party: Democrat.

Age: 60.

Residence: Herron Avenue.

Education: Springdale High School.

Occupation: Manager of Pittsburgh Indoor Sports Arena.

Political experience: Former three-term supervisor and secretary-treasurer.

Barbara Noll

Party: Republican.

Age: 63.

Residence: Meadowvale Drive.

Education: Bachelor's degree in human resources from West Virginia University.

Occupation: Retired secretary of 12 years at Acmetonia Primary School.

Political experience: Former township auditor.

Thelma Jewart

Party: Republican.

Age: 69.

Residence: Frederick Street.

Education: Springdale High School, attended Community College of Allegheny County.

Occupation: Office administrator for J&P Carpentry, Plum.

Political experience: None.

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