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Former Commissioner Sue Mascolo Joins Centre Co. Race

on February 07, 2011 11:14 AM

Former Centre County commissioner Sue Mascolo has joined a growing field of candidates for the county commissioners board.

More than 40 people turned out Monday at her official campaign announcement in Ferguson Township. Mascolo, a township resident who moved to the region 29 years ago, said she wants to bring civility and mature leadership to the county government.

"Our county needs mature leadership from one who has been leading for many years," Mascolo, a Republican, said in her announcement. A vote for Sue, she said "is a vote for you."

Mascolo served as a commissioner for four years in the late 1990s. Her more recent bids for the office fell short.

All three members of the sitting Board of Commissioners -- Jon Eich, Steve Dershem and Rich Rogers -- will see their terms end in January 2012. But all three have indicated that they plan to seek reelection, The Daily Collegian reported last week.

Including Mascolo, at least three challengers have announced plans to seek those seats in 2011. The other two announced challengers so far are county Jury Commissioner Hope Miller and Bellefonte school-board member Jeff Steiner, WRSC radio (103.1 FM and 1390 AM) reported.

Mascolo now works part-time under state Rep. Scott Conklin, D-Rush Township, serving as an advocate for senior citizens in the state House of Representatives. She used to be a legislative aide to former state Rep. Lynn B. Herman, R-Philipsburg, who attended Mascolo's campaign event Monday.

Mascolo also chairs the Centre Region Parks and Recreation Board, among other roles in the community. She is married to Dick Mascolo, a former Ferguson Township supervisor now on the township Planning Commission.

In her campaign announcement, Sue Mascolo said she is committed to the region and passionate about its county government. She expects senior citizens' concerns -- including the future of the Centre Crest nursing home -- to be key in the coming years, she said.

Issues surrounding the Marcellus Shale will be pivotal, as well, and the commissioners board needs leadership that can make difficult decisions for the county's fiscal health, Mascolo said.

She also underscored what she called her ability to work across political lines and build collaboration on the county level.

StateCollege.com will carry more coverage of the county's primary election races in the weeks to come. Stay tuned for more thorough reports.

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