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Bellefonte Borough Council Ward 2-2 year term

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    Randall Brachbill
    (Rep)

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    Mary Abbott
    (Dem)

Información Biográfica

If elected, what will be your top three priorities, and how will you address them?

Education Graduate of Bellefonte Area School District and Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology
Qualifications Currently serving a 2nd term on Bellefonte Borough Council as Council Vice President. Works well with other Council Members and members of our neighboring communities. Sits on the Centre Region COG Public Safety Committee, Nittany Valley Joint Planning Commission, Chairs Bellefonte Council Safety Committee, sits on Streets and Building/Property Committees. Serves on the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs. Over 30 years of experience in Facility Management both healthcare- and business-related and extensive volunteer experiences. Has lived in Bellefonte for 42+years with wife Cathy, together they have one daughter, Lindsay.
contactemail rbrachbill@bellefontepa.gov
1. Pedestrian Safety: I encouraged the hiring of an engineering firm to complete a study of downtown crosswalks and street lighting with the goal of applying for a PennDOT permit for crosswalk improvements. I support our Planning Commission working with the engineering firm for long-term street improvement.

2. Revenues and Expenses: I support: The 2021 budget of cutting expenses with no tax increase; Council avoiding the funding of non-budgeted requests; The sale of 2 acres of Armory property to provide additional tax revenue; Approval of a strategic management plan for more effective local government.

3. Bringing Bellefonte back to normal: I support: Restaurants having assigned parking stalls for curbside pickup; Park activities where people gather while maintaining social distancing; Masking; People receiving COVID vaccines; Continuing current Borough employee COVID 19 protocols; State COVID-19 guidelines that protect the health and safety of residents and businesses.
Date of Birth 09/26/1969
Education Bachelor of Music Education from PSU Masters of Ethnomusicology from University of Maryland
Qualifications I was born and raised in Centre County and have lived in Bellefonte for 15+ years. I co-own a successful business (Jabebo Studio) with my husband. I have worked in both education and in job-placement so I feel like I have a pretty good grip on many of the issues confronting Bellefonte.
contactemail mabbott@bellefontepa.gov
Bellefonte has become a much more vibrant small town in the 15 years that I have lived here. I want to see that trend continue by ensuring that Bellefonte is friendly to both pedestrians and small businesses. I would also like to see Bellefonte promote and maintain its beauty and Victorian charm. I believe that the upcoming project at the Diamond is an opportunity to make the town both more lovely and more pedestrian friendly. I know that change isn't always easy, but the proposed projects are intended to make pedestrians more visible to motorists and to open up more area at the Diamond for landscaping, plantings, and outdoor gathering and eating. By creating a town that is safe and inviting for visitors and residents alike, the downtown businesses will benefit. In addition, I would work towards continuing collaboration between the borough and DBI (Downtown Bellefonte, Inc.) and the Chamber of Commerce to support and promote the great events that bring people to our enchanting town.