Candidates announce for local races EDITED WITH ONE NOTE
Mincek to run for school board
Joetta L. Mincek, 68, Central City, announced that she cross-filed to run for Shade-Central City school board.
Mincek is a retired educator and administrator working at Oil City Area School District, Slippery Rock University, Edinboro University, Appalachia Intermediate Unit 8, Chestnut Ridge and Admiral Peary Area Vocational Technical School. She is a member of the Shade-Central City School District Class of 1968 and is proud to be seeking this office as a passing forward.
She said her class had 100 students, compared with 38 members of the Class of 2019. She said that while some issues have changed in the past 50 years, some stay the same, such as basing curriculum on the state-mandated Common Core, available activities, discipline, per-pupil cost and the costs associated with special needs students.
“As an educator and administrator, I have extensive knowledge and experience in these topics,” she said. “I have been an adviser to five school districts and have attended two school board state conferences. My first priority will always be the education of the students in my district and assisting the teachers and administrators to develop a viable and workable comprehensive plan.”
She is married to Jim Mincek. She is a member of Our Lady Queen of Angels church in Central City where she is a CCD teacher and a parish council member. She also serves as a community representative for Shade school district comprehensive planning.
Jamerson campaigning for Conemaugh Township supervisor
Radio personality Terry Jamerson announced that he will run again for Conemaugh Township supervisor. The 57-year-old Republican is a former elected member of the Indiana County Republican committee. In the 1990s he was Terry James, the Weekend Warrior, on 96.5 The Mountain. He said he is pro-life, strongly supports the Second Amendment and was honorably discharged from the military.
He said he is running to be a voice for everyone who lives in Conemaugh Township and to protect and serve. He said he will hold the line on taxes, and he believes in term limits for township supervisors. He also pledged to be accessible to residents.
“I am a longtime advocate for fencing on the McNally Bridge on (Route) 219,” he said. “If taxpayer dollars pay for Narcan for the poor junkies, what about fencing to help give mentally ill people a second chance? Think of the lives that could have been saved.”
Republican announces in Jenner Township
Chad M. Codispoti, 33, announced he will seek the Republican nomination for Jenner Township supervisor.
Codispoti is a 2004 graduate of North Star High School and is employed by the township as a member of the maintenance crew. He is the son of Patsy and Debbie Codispoti, also of Jenners. He is the assistant varsity wrestling coach for North Star as well as an active member of the wrestling boosters. He is also a current senior staff member and former board member of Camp PARC, a special needs resident camp, and a volunteer at Boswell Lions Community Park. Codispoti has been a member of St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church since 2016.
Codispoti said he would like to continue to hold himself and his fellow township employees to high standards and utilize each available resource to the best of his abilities in making Jenner Township a great place to live.