With election day quickly approaching, we’re focusing on another important race… the one between a retired state trooper and a retired truck driver, both vying for Millcreek Supervisor.
After four terms in office, Millcreek Supervisor Brian McGrath is counting down the days to retirement. Promising a new voice and fresh perspective to the position, Republican nominee Jim Bock is eager to fill his shoes. “I’m looking at this as… if I get elected, I’m one piece of a small puzzle that can try to make everything better.”
Bock was a Pennsylvania State Trooper for 25 years. He believes his experience in law enforcement will benefit him in the position of supervisor. “That’s what I did for 25 years — I resolved conflict. I imagine this office will be more of the same.” Bock has goals of improving employee morale and the working relationship with the other supervisors.
His opponent, Democratic nominee Jess Jiuliante is promising experience and knowledge about township government. Jiuliante worked in the insurance business before being elected Millcreek Supervisor in the early 90’s. When he did not get re-elected in the primary, he began a career as a truck driver, and stayed in the profession for 15 years. Now, he’s eager to hold the Millcreek Supervisor title once again. “Millcreek government is something that I care about and I want to make it work better. I think we can make it work better.” Jiuliante wants the township supervisors to meet on a weekly basis. He talks numbers… the $30 million annual budget, overseeing 174 employees and serving 58,000 people. “How do you do that with two meetings a month? And properly run the organization? That’s wrong!”
Both Bock and Jiuliante want to improve the roads in Millcreek, with more aggressive paving plans. Another similarity is the accessibility to the people they represent. Bock says, “I want to be a working supervisor like I was as a trooper. I didn’t go into an office, shut the door, and not have communication.”
Jiuliante remembering his time as supervisor in the early 90’s… “On each of the doors was the name of the supervisor and underneath the name of the supervisor was a metal plaque… and it said ‘walk in’ and that was very significant.”