A former mayor and councilmember of Geistown Borough has announced he will campaign for Cambria County commissioner as a Republican in the spring primary.
Paul Seitz held a public announcement and petition-signing event Friday at the Bistro in Geistown.
Seitz described himself as “a key player in successful businesses with responsibilities that have a wide ranging impact across the state.”
He spent nearly two decades involved in Geistown Borough government as a council member, vice president and mayor.
During his time in local government, Seitz said he earned skills and understanding on how government can best serve residents.
He said he believes fiscal responsibility is the cornerstone of successful management and that the ability to balance tough budgets and control taxes comes down to considering taxpayers.
During his time as Geistown Borough councilman and mayor, Seitz was part of a three-member team that negotiated a police and road crew union contract without going through arbitration.
“I will bring that experience to Cambria County government to help even more families,” he said.
“My pledge to you is that I’ll be our full-time county commissioner and I won’t forget where I came from or who I work for – the families, children and seniors who call our county home.”
He is a graduate of Bishop McCort High School and earned a degree from Penn State University.
He is a lifetime member of the Penn State Alumni Association.
Seitz currently works as an employee relations specialist with Phoenix Rehabilitation and Health Services.
If elected as a county commissioner, Seitz said he intends to work with all local officials, stakeholders and residents in every community to develop and implement new solutions to many problems Cambria County is facing, including residents’ leaving the area, tax relief and generation of family-sustaining jobs.
“As a lifelong resident who raised a family of four children, I appreciate the quality of life and value our county has to offer,” Seitz said.
Through his involvement coaching with AYSO Soccer, Laurel Highlands Futbol Club and high school soccer, Seitz said he’s seen many of the players leave the area due to a lack of opportunity.
“Three of my children have needed to leave the area,” Seitz said.
“I pledge to use my more than 30 years of successful business development experience and the thousands of relationships – locally and across the state – I have established over the years to help our county grow and succeed.”
Seitz is a lifelong resident of Cambria County, where he also raised a family with his wife, Mary.
“Like our parents did for us, my wife, Mary, and I always strived to instill a love of God, country and community into our children,” Seitz said.
“It is important to pass those values onto our youth through the examples we set in our daily lives. As county commissioner, I will carry our pro-life, pro-Second Amendment and pro-family values to the courthouse and give county residents a strong conservative voice in their county government.”
Seitz and his family are active members of St. Benedict’s Church, where he serves as Eucharistic minister and volunteers for the church’s annual reunion.
Jocelyn Brumbaugh is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow her on Twitter @JBrumbaughTD.