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Municipal candidates collect endorsements


By Frank Otto, fotto@21st-CenturyMedia.com

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

PHOENIXVILLE — A pair of candidates in Phoenixville’s municipal elections announced they picked up influential endorsements for the November election.
Longtime Phoenixville Mayor Leo Scoda has endorsed current East Ward Councilman Mike Speck to succeed him in the post Scoda held for 18 years.
“Mike has been a hard-working borough councilman representing the East Ward for the past six years,” Scoda said in a statement. “He is especially interested in veteran issues and affairs and has taken the training to serve as a volunteer fireman with Phoenix Number One Hose, Hook and Ladder. Mike has been very supportive of the Phoenixville Police Department in his tenure on borough council.”
Speck, a Marine veteran, has called Scoda a mentor several times in the past and during his candidacy.
He’s facing off against former Republican councilman Ken Buckwalter on November’s ballot.
Additionally, Kyle Guie, the Democratic former councilman looking to win back the Middle Ward seat he vacated, announced that Sen. Andrew Dinniman, D-19th Dist., endorsed him for council.
“Kyle Guie has the experience, energy and commitment to public service to be an excellent councilman,” Dinniman said. “That’s why I enthusiastically endorse Kyle Guie for (a) council seat in Phoenixville’s Middle Ward.”
“I am honored to have the endorsement of such a distinguished elected official,” Guie said. “Senator Dinniman’s leadership within Pennsylvania has benefitted all of us. His commitment to education reform and environmental issues should be commended. I want to thank the senator for his endorsement and I look forward to working with him on many projects in Phoenixville.”
Monday, Dinniman said he also endorsed the Democratic candidates in contested races, Speck and Edwin Soto, who is running for a North Ward seat opposite the Republican Jon R. Ichter II.
Environmental issues are of a special concern to Guie, and he said he has the endorsement of the Sierra Club, as well.
Guie is running against Republican Mike Kuznar. Guie resigned his seat upon moving to Lancaster for work. He moved back to the borough this year and hopes to take back his seat, which was filled by Karl Bucus, who is not running for election.
Speck announced his campaign committee last week, as well.
Scoda will serve as the honorary chairman of Speck’s campaign committee, which is co-chaired by Dave and Kathy Gill.
The current vice president of council, Speck also has the support of West Ward Councilman Jim Kovaleski, who is also on the Speck campaign committee.
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