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9/27/2019 Vol 2 Issue 09

Volunteer Opportunities

We need your help to lead Upper St. Clair into the future. There are many ways you can be involved in the next few weeks, and we can find the right fit.

Don't feel comfortable knocking on doors? You can drive the candidates from one neighborhood to the next.

Busy during the day? You can make a few phone calls at night from your house.

Here just a few of the ways you can help,
  • Help at the Meet, Greet, and Eat,
  • Canvasser for candidates,
  • Phone Bankers,
  • Poll Watchers, and
  • Greeters on election day.
Get involved by contacting Mary McIntyre at 412-835-8214 or email at maryfmcintyre56@gmail.com.

Canvas Kickoff Event Tomorrow

This year’s election is all about personal connections. Join Tyler, Hemina, and Andrew plus State Senator Pam Iovino, County Council candidate Tom Duerr, and your neighbors for some coffee, donuts, and canvassing. Tell your neighbors why the Democratic Candidates will lead Upper St. Clair into the future as only a fellow neighbor can.

Everything you need to get started will be ready and waiting for you.
  • Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM EDT
  • 3332 Brookdale Dr, Upper St. Clair
Learn More


Meet, Greet, and Eat

The Upper St. Clair Democratic Committee invites you to meet us, greet candidates, and eat a delicious lunch.
  • 𝗪𝗛𝗘𝗡: Sunday, October 27, 2019, Noon to 4:00 p.m.
  • 𝗪𝗛𝗘𝗥𝗘: McLaughlin Run Road Recreation Center, 1770 McLaughlin Run Road, Upper St. Clair
  • 𝗖𝗢𝗦𝗧: $10 person; $20 family
Featuring Homemade Pierogis, roasted chicken, hot dogs and Kielbasa, salads, and desserts.

For more information: Call Mary McIntyre at 412-835-8214 or email at maryfmcintyre56@gmail.com.

A Message from Our School Board Candidate Hemina KrishnaBachia

Six candidates are running for Upper St Clair School Board. The five candidates with the highest number of votes will be elected on November 5, 2019.

Upper St Clair is extremely fortunate to have six candidates committed to serving our community, and running for Upper St Clair School Board.

The five incumbents running against me are great people. One member has been on the board for 30 years, and another for 20 years. Hats off to our board members for their commitment and dedication.

Between the five incumbents, they have lived in St. Clair for over 100 years, and probably know over 65% of the people living in our community.

On the other hand, I have lived in Upper St Clair for six years and know less than 10% of our community members.

So, why on earth am I running for School Board?

I have four reasons:

First: In our country, the United States of America, anything is possible.

I came to this country as a teenager, with two suitcases, a $100, and the first year of college tuition paid. Through hard work, education, and luck, my destiny changed.

I hope my candidacy teaches our children the value of persistence and resilience. Success is not tied to affluence, being part of a popular clique, or one’s ethnicity.

I hope my journey inspires children to believe in themselves, take a risk, and follow their dreams.

Second: I am a mom.

Parental perspective on the board is advantageous.

Elementary school playgrounds should be included in our capital budget. Our school administrators and parents should not have the burden to raise funds to replace fixed assets on our school property.

Important topics such as improving mental health by delaying high school start time and homework-free weekend during Homecoming and Thanksgiving break should be implemented.

I am a parent who has actively volunteered in our school district, including:

· Spending three years on the Ft Couch PTSO as Vice president, President and Advisor on the Executive Board

· Starting a Math Olympiad club at Boyce

· Volunteering at the concession stand during football games, volleyball games, and swim meets

· Judging at the National Speech & Debate tournaments in Washington DC and Milwaukee over the past two years

If elected, I will bring all of my valuable grassroots experience from the school district to the School Board.

Third: Diversity – of ethnicity, opinions, and backgrounds – is important.

When reviewing both the elected and hired staff administration in our local government – both School Board and Town Commissioners - there is currently zero diversity.

My children cannot relate to a single person who is supposed to represent them. Not a single person looks like them.

I believe it’s important for all our children to see that leaders come from all ethnic backgrounds, all religions, and even different political parties. In fact our constitution protects this right.

Diversity matters. Our children need diverse role models.

Fourth: My professional credentials would benefit the community.

I am a CPA and MBA with over 17 years of corporate experience.

My current profession in a civilian role to serve our country is relevant. This job has financial responsibility over billions of federally funded projects.

If elected, our community gains the benefit of my financial experience. The current year School Board has a budget of $86 Million, and capital expenditure of $23 Million.

Our community includes retired seniors on a fixed income and families with limited finances. Our taxes significantly impact every homeowner.

I am prepared to volunteer over 100 hours per year if elected on the School Board.

My request is simple: I need your help to win one seat on the Upper St Clair School Board. No matter the outcome, four incumbents will be elected.

A single vote for Hemina plants a seed for change and supports diversity.

Hemina KrishnaBachia

www.hemina4usc.com

facebook: Hemina4USC2019

email: hemina4usc@gmail.com

Meet Our At Large Commissioner Candidate Andrew J. Zahalsky, M.D

  • Resident of the Pittsburgh area for 17 years
  • Resident of Upper St. Clair for 6 years - Values the Community
  • Married with 4 Children - Values the Family
  • Respected Oncologist - Values People
  • Co-Owner of a Real Estate Management Company - Experienced in Township Planning and Preserving Property Values
  • All 4 Children are in the Public School System - Knows that the Quality of our Schools is also Key to Preserving Property Values
  • Coaches a Middle School Robotics Team - Values STEM Education
  • Tax Payer - Knows the Value of Money and Opposes Tax Increases
  • Dr. Zahalsky believes in good governance, with equal protection for all people under the law, and that laws should be applied fairly.
  • Dr. Zahalsky believes that politicians should be moral and trustworthy, but that the American ideal of Liberty should prevent the government from legislating morality for others.
  • The truth is important, as is thinking through the impact of all legislative actions.
  • Above all, Dr. Zahalsky strives to follow the directive: "Do not do unto others as you would not have them do unto you."

A Message from Our Ward 3 Commissioner Candidate Tyler Gellasch

I am Tyler Gellasch.  I am running for Commissioner for Ward 3, and I ask for your help. 

Our government exists to protect and promote the welfare of its community. When our governments tax and spend, they establish our priorities. 

The most important question any government official can ask is how they can help you. What are the priorities the USC Township Commission is setting? Are they yours? 

My Commissioner has never asked me what I care about. Or how he can help. But after talking to so many of you, I’ve learned that it isn’t just me. Many of us have never met our Commissioner. Or if we have, we somehow never got around to discussing our priorities, and how the Commission does - or doesn’t - reflect them. I am running to change that. 

Come join me at my home (3332 Brookdale Drive) at 10am on Saturday, September 28th for a canvas kickoff event.  We’ll have some food and drinks, and some other great candidates and officials. By 10:30 or so, we’ll send folks out for an hour or so of meeting our neighbors. You can have breakfast, help change your community, and be home in time for lunch! 

November 5th is an important election. Come join our effort to ensure that our Commission better reflects the priorities of our whole community. 

Support Our Candidate for County Council Tom Duerr

Learn More
The next committee business meeting will be Tuesday, 10/22, at the McLaughlin Run Rec Center at 7:00pm.

1770 McLaughlin Run Rd, Upper St. Clair, 15241
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