By Monica Pryts/Staff Writer
8TH LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT —
Two more candidates have announced they are running for the state House of Representatives to replace Rep. Richard “Dick” Stevenson, R-8th District, who is not seeking re-election after 12 years.
Joining Tedd Nesbit, a Grove City resident, are Jeffrey P. Black of Grove City and Herman Bauer of Franklin Township; all three men are Republicans.
Black, 37, is a lifelong Grove City resident and has served on borough council since 2005; he’s vice president and represents Ward 5 of the borough.
“I believe my public service as an elected official, service in community organizations like the United Way and YMCA, as well as service to my church as an elder and clerk of session, makes me an ideal candidate for the residents of the 8th District,” Black said in a news release.
As a public official, Black understands the financial strains felt by local residents and businesses, and his voting record shows support for economic development and reinvestment while voting against tax hikes each time.
“As your state representative, I will hold to my values of small and responsible government while voting conservatively on taxes, as I have done in Grove City since 2005,” he said.
Black is a graduate of Geneva College and worked for the Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV as a social studies teacher at Frew Mill School on the campus of the New Castle Youth Development Center until it closed in early 2013 because of state budget cuts.
Despite being a displaced worker after 12 years of service, he feels it’s given him the chance to pursue his dream of representing Pennsylvania in the State Legislature.
“With my faith in God and the support of my family and loving wife Beth, I have been given the strength to complete my dream,” Black said.
Also in 2013, Black formed Black Consultants, LLC, a small business that helps non-profits and small businesses find success through improvements to operations and logistics.
He is a member of the Grove City Young Professionals and is a presenter for the Grove City Leadership Program and volunteers in the community by helping the Grove City Area Chamber of Commerce with events and fundraisers.
He attends North Liberty Presbyterian Church where he is an ordained elder, clerk of session, Sunday school teacher and mission team leader. He also serves on the Grove City Area YMCA board of directors, Capital Campaign committee and volunteers for the Grove City Area United Way.
Bauer, 60, is currently chairman of the board of supervisors in Franklin Township; he’s serving his second term on the board.
He vows to promote economic growth, fund education that’s focused on learning instead of test scores and maintain highways and bridges to the highest standards, he said in a news release.
Now is the time for Pennsylvania to revitalize job growth, especially with the “once in a lifetime” boom of the Marcellus Shale natural gas industry while still preserving water quality and landowner rights, he said.
Bauer said he has extensive financial expertise as a corporate controller and previously worked as a financial manager with Armco Inc., giving him the opportunity to leverage that experience in improving efforts for economic development. He works as a financial controller for Caldon Ultrasonics, a high-tech business unit of Cameron Corporation, and holds a bachelor of science degree in mathematics and a master’s in business administration from the University of Pittsburgh.
He believes there needs to be a fundamental shift in how the state budgets tax dollars, and he plans to work for those changes in areas including: the funding of primary and secondary education; tax reform that will reduce the burden on the aging population; burgeoning pension costs for state and local governments and school districts; the high cost of a state-related college education; and the “midnight deadline deals” that have compromised what should be a transparent and inclusive budget process.
Bauer’s experience as chairman of Franklin Township supervisors has given him insight on how to be a good steward of taxpayer dollars and dealing with issues in a face-to-face manner.
“As supervisor I have twice supported significant cuts in taxes and still maintained the high level of services expected by our residents, despite unfunded state mandates and stagnant state funding for road maintenance,” he said.
He said he will continue to serve area residents with district and integrity, working toward restraint of government and preserving individual rights, including gun ownership. Bauer and his wife Rebecca have five children and they attend Mt. Chestnut Presbyterian Church; over the years he has served as elder, deacon and youth director at various churches.
Nesbit, who previously announced his candidacy, is an assistant district attorney in Mercer County and a partner in Bartholomew, Mudrinich & Nesbit, which has offices in Grove City and Hermitage.
Published Jan. 8, 2014, in Allied News. Pick up a copy at 201 A Erie St., Grove City.