I love where I live. If you’ve never been to Bellevue, PA, the small borough just on the northern edge of the City of Pittsburgh, you really should check it out. Between its beautiful historic homes, quaint business district, small town school district, and yes, even the remaining cobble stone and brick roads, there’s a lot to love about Bellevue.
But, as is hardly news for those familiar with the neighborhood, Bellevue is far from what it once was. Many of those beautiful, historic homes have dwindled into little more than the old decaying shells of their former glory. The quaint business district that once boasted dozens of boutiques and shops, now houses mainly pizza shops, dollar stores, pawn shops, personal loan centers, and an old diner or two. Northgate, the small town school district, from which I graduated less than a decade and a half ago, is really struggling to compete for students and revenue, especially when compared to its neighbors in the region. And, some of those classic cobble stone and brick roads are literally caving in with few resources available to repair them.
I love Bellevue. But, it can be so much more than it is today.
Nothing can change if we don’t get involved. That’s why I’ve dedicated as much of my time and energy to making Bellevue better. Whether by volunteering to help with annual community service projects, bringing public attention back to its local government, or stepping up to the plate as one willing to serve in an official capacity, I have and will continue to make myself available to serve Bellevue whenever the need arises because I love it and believe it can be great once more. Today, the Pittsburgh metro region is garnering national attention as a city rising from the ashes.
I know that with the right vision and the right changes, Bellevue can enjoy the fruits of our region’s renaissance and rise from the ashes itself!
In 2014, I decided to do something crazy by throwing my name into the ring to serve as Bellevue’s next State Representative in Harrisburg. I had never run for elected office in my life. The decision cost me in more ways than most will ever know. Though I and the dozens of volunteers who supported me garnered 40% of the vote, we were not ultimately successful in winning the majority vote from every community in the district. The results from Bellevue’s 3rd Ward, however, painted an entirely different picture (see the results from Ward 3, District 1; see the results from Ward 3, District 2). I was incredibly humbled to earn the support and trust of 70% of the voters in the 3rd Ward.
Based upon the unbelievable support of the voters in Bellevue’s 3rd Ward during the last election, the continued encouragement from friends and neighbors, and my endless passion to see Bellevue grow and thrive again, I am pleased to publicly announce my candidacy for one of the two open seats on Bellevue Council in the 3rd Ward!
My goal, if elected, would be quite simple: to open Bellevue up for renewed investment, growth, and prosperity by honoring the community’s beautiful past and pursuing its bright future.
I look forward to the coming election cycle and what the future holds for our community! If you care to contact me while the campaign season gets under way, please feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or like my campaign facebook page here.