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Three committee races contested Aug. 3


Two township committeewoman races and one race for township committeeman are contested in the Tuesday, Aug. 3, election.

Concord Township Republican Committeewoman Patra Leara is being challenged by M. Joanne Breckenridge, while Oakville Township Democratic Committeewoman Ann O'Neill Pluemer is being challenged by Norma Hiatt. In Tesson Ferry Township, Republican Committeeman Joe Matuszak is being challenged by Carl Hendrickson. The committee posts carry four-year terms.

Concord Township

Republican Committeewoman

Breckenridge, no age provided, 5838 Five Oaks Parkway, 63128, was married to the late Walter Breckenridge and has four grown children.

She is seeking the committeewoman's post to "to organize the township, get out the Republican vote and elect the Republican ticket.''

The most important issue in the race, Breckenridge said, is "the need for proven leadership and experience I will bring to the office.''

Leara, 44, 10022 Gregory Court, 63128, is a registered nurse. She and her husband, Mike, have four children ages 22 to 2. Mike Leara, the current Concord Township Republican committeeman, is unopposed Aug. 3.

Patra Leara said she is seeking the committeewoman's post because "I want to work with the Concord committeeman and we have a cohesive dedication to serve Con-cord Township and the Republican Party. I will work to represent the grass-roots level of Concord Township.

"I am proficient in current technologies, communications and will be in constant touch with our county, state and national party ...,'' she added.

The most important issue in the race, she said, is "the organization of Concord Town-ship into a viable political force for Re-publicans.''

Oakville Township

Democratic Committeewoman

Hiatt, 61, 5568 Windford Drive, 63129, is a retired secretary. She was married to the late Donald Hiatt and has two grown children.

She is seeking the committeewoman's post "to help build the Democratic Party in Oakville and to service the needs of my community.''

The most important issue in the race, Hiatt said, is "to expand the role of committee people. After speaking with many voters, people seem to be unaware of what committee people are supposed to do or even who they are. I intend to not only be a source of information, but an active voice for people who have concerns or need help. I truly enjoy helping people ...''

Pluemer, 55, 257 Grimsley Station Road, 63129, is a career consultant. She and her husband, John, have two grown children.

Pluemer is seeking re-election to the com-mitteewoman's post because "my personal mission is to help my community and the people in the Oakville area.''

The most important issue in the race, she said, is "I am committed to help good candidates get elected in the Oakville Township.''

Tesson Ferry Township

Republican Committeeman

Hendrickson, 67, 4661 Markton Drive, 63128, is a retired corporate attorney. He and his wife, Saralou, have three grown children.

Hendrickson, who served as state representative from 1995 to 2002, said he is seeking the committeeman's post "to provide Tesson Ferry Township with a leader and organizer who can attract new members to the political process, who is willing to empower men and women at the grass-roots level of politics, and who is capable of es-tablishing an effective working relationship with the state political organization.''

The most important issue in the race, he said, is "encouraging more people to be-come involved in the political process and opening the process of grass-roots politics to the many, not the few. Unfortunately, far too few people are encouraged to become a part of the political process, resulting in a few making the decision regarding the caliber of candidates that are placed on the ballot. The process of exclusiveness diminishes the voice of the people.''

Matuszak, 65, 6211 Patchin Circle, is a route distributor for a juice company. He and his wife, Donna, have nine grown children.

Matuszak, who has served as committeeman for six years, said he is seeking re-election "to continue the Republican philosophy in Tesson Ferry Township and continue working for Republican victories in the township.''

The most important issue in the race, Matuszak said, is "if it isn't broke, why fix it? I've raised the township from a swing district to a heavy Republican district. I was the main reason my opponent was state representative for four terms. Through the good work of all our club members (and) volunteers of the Tesson Ferry Township Republican Club, I have built a strong club for Republican candidates.''

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