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Primary Election 2019: State College Borough Council

by on May 17, 2019 5:00 AM

State College Borough Council will have four seats up for election come November and at least one new member will take office in 2020.

In Tuesday's primary, seven candidates, including three incumbents are on the Democratic ballot. On the Republican side, former state representative Lynn Herman is the only candidate.

The fourth incumbent whose term expires this year is Catherine Dauler, who has reached the limit of two consecutive terms and so won't be up for reelection.

Voters can select four candidates to appear on the November ballot.

State College Borough Council consists of seven members, each elected to four-year overlapping terms. Council sets borough policy and is responsible for municipal government. Members work part-time and receive no compensation.

StateCollege.com editor Geoff Rushton conducted interviews for C-NET with six of the seven Democratic candidates for borough council. Jackson Fitzegerald, a Penn State senior, is on the ballot but has not actively campaigned and did not participate in a C-NET interview.

Running unopposed on the GOP ballot, Hermann also did not take part in a C-NET interview.

Candidates answered questions about what they will bring to council, a "pour tax," the need for revenue growth, environmental issues, downtown development, the borough's zoning rewrite, sustaining neighborhoods, the future of federal block grants, town-gown relations and responding to concerns after the shooting death of Osaze Osagie,

The video interviews, courtesy of C-NET, appear below.

Jesse Barlow

Barlow is seeking his second term on council. He is a professor of computer science and engineering at Penn State.


Deanna Behring

Behring is running for council for the first time. She is assistant dean and director of international programs for Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

David J. Brown

Brown is seeking his second term on council. He is a retired clinical psychologist who had a private practice in State College and is a former director of Penn State's Counseling and Psychological Services.

Tom Dougherty III

Dougherty is running for council for the first time. He is a rising junior at Penn State, University Park Undergraduate Association representative, and former UPUA liaison to borough council.

Janet Engeman

Engeman is seeking a second term on council. She is retired from a varied career as a labor market analyst, social policy researcher and computer software industry manager.

Peter Marshall

Marshall is running for council for the first time. He was State College borough manager until retiring in 2003, then founded a municipal consulting firm that has served 45 Pennsylvania municipalities.




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