2 Republicans and a Democrat vying for two open seats on Spring Township Supervisory Board – Reading Eagle
Voters in Spring Township can choose from three candidates for two open seats on the Spring Township Supervisory Board in Tuesday’s general election.
Two Republicans, Mitchell R. Darcourt and Michael S. Wertz, and a Democrat, Jess Royer, are on one turn. None currently holds an elective mandate.
The Reading eagle asked candidates to answer two questions:
Question 1: Why do you think you are the right person for this job?
Question 2: What are the most important problems the canton is currently facing and how do you plan to solve them?
Jess Royer, 35
Background: Chairman of the Spring Township Zoning Hearing Board; Reading Public Library Reference, E-Resources and Outreach Librarian; fiduciary, AFSCME 2763; Delegate, United Reading and Berks County Labor Council; Board Member, World Affairs Council of Greater Reading; husband and father of four children.
Answer 1: As chair of the Spring Township Zoning Hearing Panel, I have had the opportunity to play a role in the land use decision-making process for the Township of Spring. I enjoyed my time at ZHB and now feel ready to move to the next level of local governance. I consider the public service to be a privilege and an honor, but I also feel the duty to
participate in my community and I would rather campaign rather than complain about the government. I have been supported by Berks Stands Up, Sunrise Berks, Greater Reading PAC, the United Labor Council of Reading and Berks County, Berks Democratic Women and the Sierra Club.
Answer 2: In Spring Township and in communities around the world, the effects of anthropogenic climate change have been visible for years, posing the greatest threat to life as we know it. Here in Berks County, we have seen an increase in the frequency and severity of extreme storms and flooding. Globally, we have witnessed a measurable and worrying rise in sea level and temperature. Although this is a global problem, we can take local actions that will help reduce our collective carbon footprint and our consumption of fossil fuels. As Township Supervisor, I will work for Spring Township to install municipal charging stations and replace aging township owned vehicles with electric vehicles, encourage new homes built in township to install geothermal HVAC, resist expanding or installing any new fossil fuel infrastructure, reducing -using plastics in stores and restaurants, and allowing more residents to raise chickens in their own backyards.
Michael Wertz, 53
Background: My career began at the age of 18 as a volunteer firefighter in the borough of West Reading. After many years in the fire department, I had the opportunity to become a career firefighter / paramedic for Spring Township, which I gladly accepted. I
have been employed there for eighteen years.
Answer 1: I introduce myself because I care about the canton in which I live and work. I would like to have the
opportunity to work as a team with other serving officials to make improvements to the township for residents. We all reside here and deserve a team that can agree to work together to improve the township. I want to be a voice for people in the community and help make the changes we need.
Answer 2: The constituents I have spoken to seem to have very similar concerns. They are not happy with the state of the roads in the township. They told me that once the elected officials are elected, they forget the residents and would like to have a representative to turn to to listen to what they have to say. They also said it’s nice to see someone my age running for office and wanting to get involved in the community. Ultimately, everyone wants an official who cares about the township and the residents.
Mitchell Darcourt, 61
Background: I am a proud native of Berks County, a veteran of the United States Coast Guard. I operate a small business in Spring Township. I am currently a member of the Crime Alert Berks County Board of Directors and have served as a city councilor in local government.
Answer 1: I believe in strong leadership and consider myself very fortunate to live in this great country. With my experience in local government and politics, I can shed valuable light on the most important issues facing our community. I am a small business owner and understand the challenges faced by business owners. I want to empower everyone
businesses to thrive and maintain a strong economic base at Berks. I believe law and order support police to keep our communities safe. I am in favor of the Second Amendment, the right to own and bear arms. I have conservative values while respecting the opinions of others.
Answer 2: Exiting the pandemic appears to be at the forefront of most of the Earls of Berks. spirits. We are all trying to get back to normal life. Our focus must be the jobs, health and wellness, and sustaining the value of life that we have come to know at Berks. I want to work to build a thriving community where our residents have the best chance to live their most productive lives.