Did you know in Pennsylvania there will be Democrats on your Republican ballot? Local county judges and school board candidates may cross-file. Cross-filling occurs when a candidate runs in the Democrat and Republican Primary Election in hopes to eliminate their Republican competition. There will be Democrats on your Republican ballot at the Primary. It’s important to know who you are voting for. Please help our candidates defeat the liberal left agenda and win back our county and state.
Visit the Valley’s Voice website for more information on its slate of candidates.
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Dan is married to Cindy, his bride of 45 years. He has two adult children and 6 grandsons, 4 of which attend the Penns Valley Area School District. He served his country in the United States Air Force for 28 years, and upon retirement moved to the Spring Mills area where he has lived for the past 19 years. He has degrees in Electronic Engineering Technology and Computer Science, and he takes an Originalist view as a student of the U.S. Constitution. If elected to the school board, Dan desires to build and foster community input, listen to the citizens, and be their voice to the Board. He will strongly advocate for parental rights to take precedence when formulating school board policy. He believes our Founding Fathers never intended for the federal government to dictate local school policy, but that schools are intended to be under the direction of their respective state and local governments.
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Mike lives in Centre Hall with his wife of 26 years, Carrie and three of their four children. Mike works for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation in the heavy highway division out of District 2, which is based in Clearfield. Carrie owns Dall’Inizio DaySchool in State College and is also the kindergarten teacher at Dall’Inizio DaySchool. They moved to Penns Valley in 2017 for the exact purpose of being in the Penns Valley Area School District. Mike graduated from West Branch High School in Morrisdale, PA and then went on to graduate from Lock Haven University. Mike holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Physics and Secondary Education in Mathematics, General Science and Physics. Their oldest, Ann-Marie, is finishing her master’s degree and is also a Graduate Assistant and teaching at Coastal Carolina University. She will be returning home permanently to Penns Valley this summer. Mike and Carrie’s oldest son, Max, is finishing his second year at Penn State as a Tele-communications major, with a concentration in pre-law, hoping to become a Constitutional lawyer. Their youngest daughter Katie is a junior at St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy in Boalsburg, where she is a student ambassador, a member of the National Honor Society and a tri-sport athlete. Jackson, their youngest is in 7th grade at Penns Valley where he enjoys participating in Rambotics and he recently joined the track team. As you can see, education is very important to Mike and his family.
Mike is currently the Scout Master of Troop 20 in Centre Hall. He is the Vice President of the AFSCME Local 2368 Union where he makes sure interests of everyone are advocated for. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus and is the past Grand Knight of Council 1774. He was the secretary for the Holy Spirit Parish Council in Lock Haven, he served on Lock Haven Catholic School’s School Council. He was the president of Sagamore Hills Homeowners Association Board of Directors and he served as the Woolrich Little League Player Agent. As you can see, it is important to Mike not to just be a member of a community, but to participate and volunteer in his community. Mike would love to have the opportunity to represent the residents of Penns Valley as a member of the school board. If given the opportunity, Mike would like to take your voice to the school board where he will put all parents’ rights first. Mike feels it is important that we, as parents, continue to retain our rights when it comes to important decisions regarding our children and their education, especially when it comes to school board policy. He firmly believes that parental rights supersede school district directives. Mike would love to have the opportunity to represent the residents of Penns Valley as a member of the school board. If given the opportunity, Mike would like to take your voice to the school board where he will put all parents’ rights first. Mike feels it is important that we, as parents, continue to retain our rights when it comes to important decisions regarding our children and their education, especially when it comes to school board policy. He firmly believes that parental rights supersede school district directives.
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Molly, a lifetime Penns Valley resident, is the third candidate in our group. Molly is a Penns Valley graduate. She knows the core values Penns Valley residents hold, and she is passionate and dedicated to serving our community. Her top priority is being a wife and mother. Molly and her husband, Andrew are raising three children. She knows that each child has their own individual developmental needs. She has great compassion for and understanding of individualized curriculum and instruction. Molly knows how important it is for children to have instruction that meets their needs in order to develop educationally, while creating a sense of confidence, security and individual self-worth.
Molly has been involved in her community throughout the years. She was a swim coach, volunteer track coach, and is currently serving on the Old Gregg School Advisory Board. She has been active in attending school board meetings and has spoken on various topics that impact public schools. Molly has been a strong advocate for parents and community members. Understanding the challenges facing the public school system nationwide, Molly will speak up and represent your voice as a parent and will also strive to represent the entire Penns Valley community as a whole. As a school board member, Molly will advocate for individualized education, a curriculum that aligns with strong moral values; emphasizing parent voice and promoting strong community involvement. Molly’s compassion for people, her integrity, and unwavering faith makes her an exceptional candidate for school board. Vote for Molly and let her represent your voice in making a positive difference in education.
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Kim was raised in Penns Valley with values of faith, family and freedom and is a proud alumnus of Penns Valley High School. After high school, she went on to further her education at Lock Haven University and was the first in her family to graduate from college. Kim is a retired Special Educator and Learning Support/Behavioral Specialist who served in various capacities in the public school system in Virginia. She performed duties as a teacher and administrator, so she understands the needs of both. More importantly though, she was a parent who advocated for the needs of her child who attended the same school system where Kim worked. This required a delicate balance to navigate the system. In doing so, she acquired many skills that enabled her to effectively work with individuals in the school system. She will be able to bring those skills to the table as a member of the Penns Valley School board. When asked why she decided to run for school board Kim stated with great passion, “I want the residents of Penns Valley to know that, as an elected member of the board, I will hear their voices, encourage open dialogue, and make decisions that will best serve the students, parents, staff and community of Penns Valley. As a retired educator, I know how crucial it is to the success of a school system to have people in the community and on the board who are involved and informed. Providing a quality education is the responsibility of the district’s schools and the board’s responsibility is to ensure that the individuals tasked with that endeavor have the resources available and that they enact policies that will support academics and vocational education.”
Kim and her husband Bruce, who is a retired law enforcement officer, raised a daughter who graduated from Shippensburg University and last June was married at the Old Cooke Tavern in Spring Mills. In their retirement, the Domins have been very dedicated to volunteering in the Penns Valley community since moving back to Penns Valley four years ago. They have attended school board meetings for the past three years during which they have been vocal about various topics/policies. They are currently volunteer coaches with Penns Valley Little League Girls Softball and have helped support activities with the HOPE Fund and the YMCA. Kim serves as the chair of the Potter Township Parks & Recreation Board and she volunteers weekly in the kindergarten classroom at Miles Township Elementary School. Many of Kim’s family members reside in Penns Valley and attend Penns Valley schools, so she has a vested interest in the success of the school system. Even though she moved away from the valley for a period of time, she chose to come back “home” and now wants to give back even more to the community by serving on the school board.
Domer O Smeltzer
I am announcing my candidacy for a second term as a Penns Valley Area School Board Director. I would like to thank all the residents for their overwhelming support for me throughout my first term. We saw many unprecedented things during that time. Thankfully, we have climbed out of that period and are finally able to move ahead. In June, I will have been a resident in the Penns Valley community for 52 years. I am not just an alumnus of PVASD, but I have chosen to live my entire life here because I truly love this valley. I have respectfully served our community every year in multiple capacities since I was 19 years old. Some examples are the emergency services, borough council, township supervisor, deputy coroner for Centre County, emergency management at the local and county level and coaching youth sports.
In my first term on the school board, I have learned to recognize the needs of the students, staff, and parents. I feel we as a board have made great strides in providing the best path for our staff to teach our students to excel in whatever path they have chosen for their future. CPI was a goal that I wanted us to improve on. I’m happy to say that over the past 4 years we have grown our enrolled students by almost 50. We have also taken big steps in security for the students and staff. We will be hiring and implementing school police officers before the end of this school year. Those are just a few of the accomplishments of the current board. Again, I will be a voice for our students, staff, parents, and community in all aspects of the school district. I want to give our students the best path for an outstanding education and the opportunity to do as many extracurricular activities as possible. I have a true vested interest in this school district as I have 2 children that attend Penns Valley, one in high school and one in elementary school. I ask for your continued support with your vote in the May primary. ” Penns Valley Proud “
Karla M Groy
I am excited to share with you all that I am running for a position on the Penns Valley Area School District Board! My husband, our oldest son, and I moved to Penns Valley in 2013, and consider ourselves very fortunate to have become an active part of this great community. We now have two children who attend Penns Valley Area School District, one in seventh grade and one in second grade. I have dedicated much of my time here to volunteering in community groups both in and out of the school district. I’ve had the honor of helping to plan the Gala for HOPE, an annual fundraiser for the HOPE Fund of Penns Valley, for five years. I have been a member of the Centre Hall Elementary Parent Teacher Group since my oldest son entered kindergarten, and have been the President for four years now. I’ve been an active committee member for Cub Scout Pack 20, and have served in two different positions on the Penns Valley Little League Board of Directors.
If given the opportunity to serve our community in the capacity of School Director, I plan to serve as a liaison between the community and the school. I do not have a political agenda of my own motivating me to seek this position, but rather a strong desire to collaborate with our school administrators, the student body, and members of the community in providing the best possible experience for all Penns Valley students. I am passionate about the community of Penns Valley as well as putting in the time and work that it takes to continue to make it a great place to live, work, and attend school! On May 16th, vote Karla Groy for Penns Valley School Director!
Daniel S Pick
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