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Meet the Candidate:
Jack McKernan

I am Jack McKernan, Chairman of the Lycoming County Board of Commissioners. For the last four years, I have served you as Chairman of the Lycoming County Board of Commissioners. My running a WRITE-IN campaign for re-election is not some sort of protest statement! I have given 110% the last four years! I have worked

I am Jack McKernan, Chairman of the Lycoming County Board of Commissioners. For the last four years, I have served you as Chairman of the Lycoming County Board of Commissioners. My running a WRITE-IN campaign for re-election is not some sort of protest statement! I have given 110% the last four years! I have worked for all the people of our county. I have given the individuals who have attended our meetings an opportunity to speak their peace and sometimes that was very challenging! When municipalities called, I responded. When constituents called with questions or problems, I responded. When the parents of an Eagle Scout called to honor their Eagle, I was there!

In 2015 when I ran for County Commissioner, I promised to reduce spending, reduce the County’s deficit, reduce the size of county government and build our financial reserves. I have done all of these. I also said I would plan for the future of our seniors, (I helped two private developers add two senior housing complexes and provided ACT 13 funds for two senior center projects), assist with municipal collaboration /regionalization, (I was involved in multiple discussions with area governments regarding law enforcement/ public safety / EMS / government buildings about the synergy of working together) and create a stable tax environment, (accomplished by thorough budget review each year and improving our fund balance). In fact, Standard & Poor’s said in a September 4, 2019 report, “we feel the budget is in a much more stable position than in recent years” “Overall the county’s very strong reserve position is a positive factor supporting the rating.” Which happens to be an A+.

Looking ahead to 2020-2024, I will continue to manage the County’s funds efficiently and proactively, champion economic development, develop succession plans for County employees and get regionalization of public safety services moving. Most of all, I will get the levee project done! My leadership on the levee project will protect the municipalities bordering the Susquehanna River and allow them to maintain and grow their businesses and homes. The levee project also facilitates increased recreational opportunities for everyone.

I have laid out a plan for 2020-2024 just as I did four years ago for key areas of work and for the future. Who else has been this specific? As far as I am aware — No Other Candidate!
My Vision:

Focus on making our County a destination for economic development and tourism, a place where our youth want to live, invest for economic success which will lead to higher earned incomes, and provide an area where retired and seniors can live comfortably with the LOWEST POSSIBLE REAL ESTATE TAX.

My Plan:

Continue to reduce the budget to a break-even point.

Provide our fiscal department with the necessary tools and personnel to produce data in a timely manner, so the Commissioners can provide the taxpayers the best financial outcome.

Work with our HR department to develop a detailed succession plan for the coming wave of retirements and turnover in leadership. At the same time, look for efficiency opportunities.

Use our Comprehensive Plan and EIP report to serve as a guide for corrective action and positive development.

During my time in public office, I have earned and maintained the trust of the people of Lycoming County by keeping an open mind on all issues, and by researching and making informed decisions. I have run a transparent office via open weekly meetings, taking the County’s annual budget proposal to Jersey Shore, Hughesville, and Williamsport for public review, and more recently, enacting a plan to live stream Commissioners’ weekly public meetings. Through improving staff efficiency, coordinating public safety and emergency services, increasing reserve fund balances, reducing excess land and office buildings, the County’s fiscal position is better than it was four years ago. As cited in the above Standard & Poor’s comments.

I believe I am the candidate who works across party lines. My work the last four years has been for all residents. My leadership has resulted in many positive outcomes. The levee is finally getting repaired, housing for seniors increased, quality of life improved through recreation grants, and County finances and tax environment stabilized.

My approach is practical, making decisions that are good for all. I am a centrist, always listening to both sides of the issue. I am a fiscal conservative, trying my best to keep your money where it belongs, in your pocket, not the County’s checking account! It has been an honor to work on behalf of you, the voter, and with your municipal leaders for the last four years.

I am NOT running against my two Republican colleagues. Instead, I am running with them. YES, there can be three Republican Commissioners as long as one is elected via the WRITE-IN process. Do Not Straight Party Vote! This election is too important!

On November 5th I respectfully ask for your vote. Please see any recent issue of Webb Weekly, and on this page for guidance on how to Write-In Jack McKernan. Please WRITE-IN Jack McKernan as one of your two Lycoming County Commissioner votes.

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