CRANBERRY TWP — Bruce Hezlep, president of the Cranberry Volunteer Fire Company, is seeking the Republican nomination for township supervisor in the May 21 primary.
He joins Seneca Valley School Board member Eric Gordon, who also is running for a GOP nomination.
The seat is held by Democrat David Root, who has not officially stated if he will run again.
Hezlep said, “In my role as the president of the Cranberry Township Volunteer Fire Company, I have come to fully understand the importance of the role of township supervisor.”
He plans to campaign on his record of service as a volunteer and a community leader, supporting the path that is outlined in the Cranberry Plan and making sure taxpayer money is used wisely.
“Many people assume that all the good things in our community just happen. In reality, it takes hard work and commitment to a plan, and just three supervisors vote one way or another can drastically change the whole direction of how Cranberry Township operates,” said Hezlep.
“I support the decision and long-term vision that the current board and staff have for Cranberry Township.”
“If elected, I will make sure we continue to proceed in the right direction set by the master plan,” he said.
Hezlep and his wife, Karen, have lived in Cranberry since 1994, along with their 11-year-old son, Nathan, and 9-year-old daughter, Anna.
A graduate of Grove City College, his 24-year career in business includes 10 years of accounting experience, with two years as a controller for a company, six years of information technology consulting with global enterprise software companies including J.D. Edwards, PeopleSoft, and Oracle, and the past eight years in the information technology department at L.B. Foster in Green Tree.
Hezlep has served on the fire company board of directors since 2006.
Since joining the fire company, Hezlep has been awarded the President’s and Chief’s awards, and was selected Company Member of the Year by the members of the fire company three times.
He is a Pennsylvania and International Certified Firefighter I, Fire Instructor I, and a Pennsylvania State Fire Academy Local Level Instructor.
Hezlep also is an assistant scoutmaster with a Boy Scout Troop in Cranberry, and is a member of the township’s Sunrise Rotary Club.