Election Day in Pennsylvania is Tuesday– and Patch is providing our readers with a look at the candidates running for office locally.
Tom Biggar is a Democrat candidate running for one of two open seats on the Skippack Township Board of Supervisors. Here are the responses to his questionnaire:
Name: Tom Biggar
Running for: Skippack Township Supervisor
Party Affiliation: Democratic
Positions Previously Held: Skippack Democrats Municipal Chairman, January 2012-Present; Montgomery County Aging and Adult Services Advisory Board, November 2010-Present.
Why are you running for office? My wife and I have lived in Skippack since 2010. We find it a very attractive and pleasant place to live.
I want to use my 35 years experience in government and public service to make it even more so for all of Skippack citizens.
What are the biggest issues facing your community? Foremost among the issues facing Skippack are providing needed services to all residents in a fiscally responsible manner without raising taxes, maintaining the unique character of the Township including open spaces, promoting business development where there are vacant buildings or store fronts and seeking ways to improve communication between the Board of Supervisors and the citizens of Skippack
If elected, what do you hope to accomplish? I want to have the Board of Supervisors to do a thorough review of the way in which services are provided in order to meet the future needs for services without raising taxes. I want to explore ways of controlling over development beyond the Township in addition to the purchase of tracts of land by the Township. I want to improve Township parks and trails with citizen input and involvement so as to avoid a repeat of spending Township funds on plans for the ill conceived Church Road Park walking path. I want to explore ways the Supervisors can use technology to improve communication with citizens.
Interesting fact about you: I serve in a variety of ways including the finance committee of my church, Trinity Lutheran Church in Fairview Village. I am a member of the finance committee of my neighborhood, Traditions at Skippack. I am Vice-president of the Perkiomen Valley Historical Society. I have a graduate degree in economics.