SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP – Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are very important to Marcus Kohan.
That’s part of the reason he has decided to run for Springfield Township supervisor in the May 18 primary election.
He also wants to help the township be strong, safe, secure and vibrant for his family and other community members.
“We’re in it for the long haul,” Kohan said of his family, which includes his wife Dawn and their five children and 13 grandchildren.
Kohan will be on the Republican ticket, and Stone R. Helsel recently announced he’s running on the Democratic ticket.
There will be one opening on the board of supervisors come Jan. 1. Dave Swartz’ term expires Dec. 31, and he is not seeking re-election.
The supervisor term lasts six years.
Kohan has served as a state constable for the township for 12 years.
As constable, which is an elected position, he mostly works for the courts. There would be no conflict of interest if he served as both constable and supervisor because one represents the state and the other represents the township, he said.
Kohan also ran for Mercer County commissioner in 2019, but he did not make it past the primary onto the general election ballot.
Kohan was was raised in Irwin, Pa., and he has lived in Mercer County for 30 years. He bought a farm in the township in 2007.
He’s a graduate of Hempfield High School, after which he joined the Navy’s Aviation Reserve Officer Candidate Program.
He studied aerospace engineering at Penn State University and later moved into the field of mechanical and manufacturing engineering. He also has a degree in business administration.
He now works as an independent contractor, doing project management for worldwide and Fortune 500 companies.
Kohan also has experience with emergency services and holds two of the highest certifications in Homeland Security, which he believes would make him a valuable asset for the board of supervisors.
Safety would be his top priority followed by taking care of critical infrastructure and bringing more jobs to area to help create a strong tax base.
“That’s the very first thing the government is supposed to do,” he said of providing a safe community.
He’s chair of the Western Pennsylvania Community Emergency Response Team, vice president of the Pardoe Sportsmen’s Association, and part of the Red Cross and the state’s Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters.
Kohan is an instructor with the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency and is also a school resource officer for Mercer Area School District’s sporting events and after-school activities.
“Public service is very important to me,” he said.
He wants to give back to the community, has a passion for serving others and wants to help make the township a better place to live for years to come.
Kohan attends Mercer Baptist Church and enjoys hunting, fishing, golfing and spending time with his family.