The 2013 Parkesburg local election season consists of only one real competition. It is the race for the office of Mayor between the incumbent John P. Hagan, II (Democratic) and Joseph Rzonca (Republican).
Parkesburg Gazette is committed to insuring local voters are informed. As a result, last week we sent a Mayoral Candidate Questionnaire to both Mayor Hagan and Mr. Rzonco. Below is Joseph Rzonca’s completed form. Mayor Hagan has yet to respond to our email, but we will publish his response when received.
== Biographical Information ==
Name: Joey Rzonca
Occupation: Self employed business owner (Home remodeling) Mr. Everything
Years lived in Parkesburg: 7 years
Family: My family consists of my new fiance Christen, her daughter Rose, and our new born baby Mark
Professional experience: My professional experience is in construction, but I am pursuing a bachelors degree in criminal justice, and would like to become a lawyer in the near future.
Political and civic experience: This is my first time engaging in any political manner, but I have spoken with many political leaders in our area.
Why running for office: In my opinion I think it is time for a new face considering it has been 12 years since we had a new Mayor
== Questionnaire ==
What is the most important issue Parkesburg’s next mayor will face? How would you address and resolve it?
Parkesburg is experiencing a tough budget, but that may be able to be resolved without raising taxes. I will need to take a closer look at the budget if elected to find a solution, but for now I would say motivate the borough manager to get the bridge project started, and repair the roads as needed. The sidewalks are in terrible shape, and very dangerous in some areas. Motivating the council will be near impossible to get things done, but it is worth a try.
Where do you stand on borough spending?
I don’t like borough money being spent unwisely, and the borough going over budgets each year.
Does Parkesburg need more affordable housing? If so, what priorities should guide its development? If not, why not?
I think Parkesburg could have better housing prices if the school taxes were reduced, but that is out of the boroughs control. I would suggest getting more people involved at the school board meetings to reduce the taxes. It seems we have a poor education rate with high taxes, so in my opinion I’m not getting my dollars worth for the taxes I pay.
What should Parkesburg do to continue attracting young families?
Parkesburg is a pretty quiet town, and already attracts some the finest families from the area. If a family is thinking of moving to Parkesburg I would suggest visiting the Seawells Market to get a feel for the town. Great food and lots of hospitality can go a long way!
Name a recent borough decision you agree with, and one you would have done differently?
I haven’t agreed with many decisions made by the borough lately, but I think my main goal would be to get one bridge, by the new Point building, back up so we can unite the town again. It would make it easier for the firetrucks to get down than faster too!
How would you characterize your political ideology?
I love the Constitution, that should speak for itself, right?
Please name up to three (and at least one) of your political role models? Please feel free to explain your choices.
My political role model is Beverly Ely because she always fights for what she believes is right no matter what anyone thinks.
Are you in favor of term limits? If so, how many terms?
I think Parkesburg’s Mayor should only be 2 terms, but then again it may take that longer to get the council to work with you, if you are lucky.
What is your top priority if elected?
My top priority is to put some life back into the town that every tax payer has been investing in. I would push the council to build us a bridge to somewhere, instead having a bridge to nowhere, and find a solution to help balance the budget. I want to see the town grow, but I can’t do it without the help of the tax payers. Come to the meetings and speak up on matters that concern you, your family, and your friends. People who don’t speak up now will wish they had later on down the road.
What is your position on residency, i.e. requiring people hired by the municipal government to live in the Borough of Parkesburg?
If you are paid a salary to work for the borough I think you should also live in the borough.
What is your position on the current municipal property tax rate?
I think if the budget was actually balanced we wouldn’t see any more increases, but that is just my opinion. The police budget is a little higher than most would expect for a town that is under two square miles, and that is a huge number in our budget each year.
What should the be done to attract businesses into the borough?
Some new businesses are coming to the town, but motivating the borough manager is where to start. I think having a well educated borough manager is probably a good solution to get businesses into the town. Perhaps we have a bachelors degree mandatory put on the job description for the next manager.
- Parkesburg Elections – 2013 (parkesburggazette.wordpress.com)