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Political novice hopes for win over incumbent

Newcomer among city council candidates in upcoming New Cumberland municipal election

NEW CUMBERLAND — A political novice is hoping that city voters give her the nod over an incumbent councilwoman, while there will be a guaranteed change in the mayor’s office.

Anne Blankenship is challenging incumbent Second Ward Councilwoman Judith Takach Bartley for her second ward council seat on May 11 during the city’s municipal election.

New Cumberland-born and raised, Blankenship admitted that she spent a lot of time on the outside looking in. After she moved with her family into the city limits, she was urged to run for council, so she could offer a fresh perspective. She currently works as an office administrator for Hancock County commissioners, a job that she describes as all-encompassing and providing her with a good foundation if she is elected. Doing everything from preparing their agenda and items for meetings, she also has human resources, budgetary and operations experience. She said despite her youth that she also is devoted to maintaining the historical integrity in New Cumberland, a concern expressed by many residents in conjunction with the Route 2 project.

“It is going to be a balancing act, trying to do that while modernizing New Cumberland to attract people; however, I look forward to working on that,” she continued. “I really care about preserving the history we have here.”

Blankenship’s husband works as a full-time police officer with Chester as well as continuing in a part-time capacity with New Cumberland. The couple has a son. Repeated attempts to contact Takach Bartley by phone were unsuccessful April 29.

The city’s only other contested race is at mayor, where current officeholder Richard Blackwell is opting to instead run unopposed for a vacant Ward 1 council seat.

David Cline and Will White both are hoping for voters’ confidence to be the city’s next mayor. While Donald Blankenship (Anne’s father-in-law) and Larry Binkoski are seeking to hold the other two Ward 2 seats.

Two other Ward 1 seats aren’t up for election at this time.

New Cumberland voters also are being asked to renew a levy for the city’s park that is expected to generate $231,615 for five years between 2024 and 2028.

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