(12/16) Republican Commissioners Randy Phiel and Jim Martin kicked off their re-election campaign to a full house of supporters on December 16, at an event hosted by Senator Richard Alloway, at the Historic Dobbins House Inn. Both Phiel and Martin were elected to their first terms as Adams County Commissioners in 2011. US Congressman Scott Perry, PA Senator Rich Alloway
and State Representatives Dan Moul & Will Tallman were on hand to deliver remarks of support Phiel and Martin.
When Phiel was asked why he is seeking another four-year term, he said, "my answer is pretty simple, I think this board has done good work, we’ve accomplished a lot in the last three years. Fortunately, we are in an enviable situation where this board has the chemistry and ability to accomplish even more for the residents of Adams County."
Phiel said he could not have predicted or even imagined that between three dramatically different personalities and backgrounds, he, Martin and Democrat Marty Qually work so well together for the good of Adams County residents. "There is a huge sense of respect, civility, communication, vision, common sense and leadership among us."
Upon taking office in 2011, the three commissioners began an initiative to engage in a series of planning meetings, "so we could walk in the door and get right down to business," said Phiel.
Jim Martin said he was humbled and grateful for the fact that they all work so well together. "The good working relationship that the three of us have really sets the tone for a positive work environment." Said Martin.
During their term the three commissioners have worked together to improve the County’s Bond rating twice (it now stands at Aa3, which is classified as High Grade.) That has enabled Adams County to receive favorable financing for several high profile initiatives. The Board just passed the 2015-balanced budget with no tax increase and a $560,000 contingency reserve.
Phiel said a priority for him in his next term would be the proposed new Human Services Building, which will allow consolidating services that are currently housed in four different buildings. "This move would make county operations both fiscally and operationally more effective," said Phiel. The proposed building may also result in Mental Health Services finally being
available in Adams County.
Martin said his priorities will be to achieve more efficient and effective governance, stimulating economic development, restoring adequate 911 funding, preserve county revenues provided through Marcellus shale drilling fees, and developing common sense solutions to the over-reaching new EPA definitions for "Clean Water of the US".."
The primary election will be held May 19. The general election will be held November 3.
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