Democrat seeks township supervisor post
March 11, 2013
CRANBERRY TWP — The first candidate has announced his intention to run for the Democractic nomination for the board of supervisors, while the lone Democrat on the current board has decided not to seek re-election. Michael Warrington, an eight-year resident of the Pinehurst neighborhood and currently employed with the Eat’n Park Hospitality Group as a manager of a local Eat’n Park Restaurant, is seeking the Democratic nomination. Current Democratic Supervisor David Root announced recently that he will not seek re-election, having served one six-year-term. Warrington is the third person to announce his intention to run in the primaries. The other two, current Cranberry Volunteer Fire Co. President Bruce Hezlep and current Seneca Valley School board member Eric Gordon, are seeking the Republican nomination. The upcoming primary is May 21. The deadline to file nomination petitions to run with the Butler County Bureau of Elections is Tuesday. “The reason I am running is because I want to get involved in how Cranberry is run,” said Warrington. The first thing Warrington would want to focus on, if elected, is the expansion of some roads like Route 228, Route 19, Rochester Road and Freedom Road. “These roads are nearing maximum capacity and action should begin soon. I feel in a short period of time traffic will exceed capacity and will impact the businesses and home purchases. I just don’t think we get our fair share of infrastructure investments coming out of Harrisburg or Washington. Cranberry deserves a better road system,” Warrington said. He also said he’s concerned with quality of life issues. “I was pleased that Cranberry was rated the best community in the state to raise kids, but I think our community still strives for additional cultural and recreational needs,” he said. “These issues not only factor into a better quality of life but also translate to an increase in our home values. Everyone knows that Cranberry’s home values continue to rise faster than in other nearby communities, and I would like this to continue.” Warrington fully supports the park system and thinks Cranberry needs to think about future recreational needs as it continues to grow. He also supports the funding of the library and the volunteer fire company and is a strong supporter of public safety. Public safety is the backbone to a healthy community, he said. “I want to assure that our taxes are spent efficiently and want to make a strong effort to benchmark Cranberry’s expenditures compared to other local communities and communities of similar size in the state,” said Warrington. Warrington is married to his wife of 12 years, Rachel.