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Commissioners Higgins, Pipe to Seek Re-election

by on February 11, 2019 12:00 PM

Centre County Commissioners Mark Higgins and Michael Pipe jointly announced on Monday their campaign to seek re-election this year.

Pipe, who currently serves as chair of the Board of Commissioners, is seeking a third term, while Higgins is running for a second. Both are Democrats.

The third board seat, held by Republican Commissioner Steve Dershem, also is up for election this year. Dershem has not yet announced his re-election plans.

Higgins and Pipe cited the commissioners' accomplishments over the past three years, including efforts to battle the opioid crisis, safeguard elections, invest in job creation and support first responders.

“Over the past three years, Mark and I have worked together as a team to find solutions to the challenges facing Centre County,” Pipe said in a news release. “With the help of residents, other elected officials and over 550 County employees, we have increased services without increasing property taxes.”

Pipe also said that the county has increased transparency and funded libraries and transportation safety projects at record levels while investing millions in 911 improvements and increasing services for seniors and veterans.

“Working with Mike and county staff, we have utilized my business turnaround expertise to save the taxpayers of Centre County millions of dollars,” Higgins said. “Supporting and highlighting local entrepreneurs and small businesses who create family-sustaining jobs in our community has been a top priority for me since joining the board.

“I’m proud of our efforts to strengthen our economy by working with all of our local chambers of commerce, supporting local startups through county-supported incubators and creating grants to help companies grow in Centre County.”

Pipe and Higgins said they will prioritize community safety, building the region's economy, trust in local government and environmental protection.

The primary election is May 21. The first day to circulate and file nomination petitions is Feb. 19.

Geoff Rushton is managing editor for Contact him at [email protected] or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.
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