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Two candidates run for Mahoning supervisor

Two candidates are running for the two-year term for Mahoning Township supervisor.

Democrat Nevin Frey and Republican Robert Slaw were asked to respond to a question about what they would do to improve the community through the office they are seeking. They were limited to 175 words.

Robert Slaw

Bio: I graduated from Lehighton, have lived in the Lehighton area for most of my life. I graduated from Lehighton High School.

After attending Temple University, I helped start a business making precast products. I have run this business for 38 years, growing from five employees to over 100.

My wife, Donna, and I have been married for 32 years and we have two children. I have been on the Mahoning Planning Commission for many years, serving as chairman for several years.

Question: I will do my best to serve the community. I am fiscally responsible and will fight against any tax increases. The township office building needs an upgrade and I am helping plan the improvements. For the last two years serving as an appointed supervisor, the other supervisors and I have worked as a team to approve balanced budgets without tax increases.

In closing, I would like to ask the residents of Mahoning Township to vote for me to continue working with the other supervisors, and also consider writing in my name for the six-year term.

Nevin M. Frey

Nevin M. Frey

Frey, 54, is a life-long resident of the township and graduate of Lehighton Area High School.

He has worked in Mahoning township most of his adult life. A township road crew employee for nearly 11 years, he most recently serves as the roadmaster of the road crew. Before that, he farmed with his father, the late Howard Frey at the former Frey Farms in New Mahoning, raising Christmas trees and produce.

Frey remains dedicated to his roots of agriculture and has a sprawling lush back yard garden and ability to supply his family with fresh home-grown food. He is married to Denise (Breidegam) Frey. Together, they care for their pets Lacey Jane, an Australian Shepherd, and Poncho, a house cat. The couple also enjoys preserving fruits and vegetables from their garden with their family.

If elected to the board of supervisors, Frey said he will continue to help residents by addressing concerns about local issues, including road conditions and other township services provided to residents. He is also an advocate of supporting local businesses.