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Burgettstown mayor wants to continue service

To the Editor,

A slogan from the 60s comes to my mind when I think about our town: “power to the people.” We control our own destiny. Your right to your opinion by Democratic vote.

The proper response to the present situation is not withdrawal and noninvolvement, but expression of your opinion. If our system can provide competent, honest government, the electorate won’t have to worry about politics, tension will be reduced and a healthy relationship will be restored.

I have worked towards this goal for eight years. I’ve worked for the past 21 months at strengthening our local government’s infrastructure, but it will soon conclude in positive change. The change has been difficult as issues from the past are being resolved to pave a bright future. I thank people for their support and uplifting, positive responses.

I have been publicly criticized by some council members for not attending their monthly meetings. As mayor, I am not required to partake. I have chosen not to attend what I feel are nonproductive events. I am always accessible. I am very well informed of the current issues in our town.

I am asking you for your support in my election for a third term.

My involvement in our community began in the 1970s as the first female firefighter in Washington County. I was honored by the Burgettstown Fire Co. at the State Firemen’s Convention, which they hosted. I had the privilege of speaking at the opening ceremony. The dignity our fire company showed the fallen firefighters at the memorial service was outstanding. I was honored to lead the parade. I will cherish the memories Fire Chief Jerry McClain shared.

In 1978, I was an integral driving force in the establishment of Northwest Ambulance Service. At that time, I was an original executive board member as well as Crew II supervisor. After 12 years of volunteer emergency service and thousands of calls, I retired.

I will host our sixth-annual Burgettstown Night at the Wild Things that benefits Burgettstown Area Youth Soccer. Because of the enthusiasm our valley has shown for the event, we will enjoy opening night May 19.

Vickie Rush and I worked with the senior center to provide holiday events for our children. At Christmas, we had a pancake breakfast that benefited the senior center.

This is our town and we can mold and change it to what we would like it to become.

We are growing. Our bike trail is becoming increasingly popular with the Shoppe Along the Way in the restored railway station by the BACDC, directed by Pam Church.

My question is: what would people like to see in our town? My goals include an urgent care and more activities. My participation has been my passion. Please allow me the pleasure of serving as mayor for another term. “When the whistle blows, I will always come for you.”

Please come out and vote May 16 primary election for me.

Anna Marie Quader

Burgettstown mayor

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