Incumbent faces challenger in Perkiomen Township supervisor race

PERKIOMEN >> Two candidates are seeking one open supervisor seat in November.

Democrat Vivian G. Schoeller is challenging incumbent Republican Richard Kratz.

In her candidate response, Schoeller, 57, wrote she is running out of “desire to encourage community involvement, preserve the open space, bring technology to local government, and keep taxes low.”

A clinical software training specialist. Schoeller holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science, and a master’s degree in adult education.

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She has never held elected office, but cited her “wide range of work experience, including software engineer, college instructor, corporate trainer, and technical writing” in her response.

If elected, Schoeller wrote that her priority is to “get the members of the community involved in the decision making process.”

Kratz, 79, responded that he is running to keep township taxes from rising.

“I’m very proud that in 1982, real estate taxes in the township were increased from 6.8 mills to 7 mills. That was the last time we increased taxes. And we won’t increase them in 2018 either, so I’m very proud of that,” according to Kratz. “Also, we just had a budget meeting and the outlook for the next five years indicates no need for tax hike, although you can’t always predict what will happen.”

Kratz is retired from a business he owned and operated in Collegeville for several years. Since 1994, he has worked as a school bus driver for the Perkiomen Valley School District.

If reelected, Kratz wants to continue work he has begun in two areas.

“I am currently involved in establishing the memorial garden at the township building and I would like to see that come to completion,” Kratz said. “Also, I would like to complete the township history center we’re creating downstairs in the township building.”