Joel Long announces bid for city mayor


LOCK HAVEN — Joel Long has announced he is seeking the Democratic nomination for Lock Haven mayor in the May 21 primary election.

Long is married to the former Mitzi Gallagher and has four children — Christopher 19, Kelly 16, Sarah 9, and step-son Wyatt Gallagher 12. He plays in the bands SNUG and Boomboxx.

Joel first entered the political arena as a Lock Haven city councilman in 1998, serving 10 years on council and then eight years as a Clinton County commissioner. He returned to City Council in January of 2018 and was elected vice-president of council for 2019.

During his years of public service, he has worked on such projects as the downtown streetscapes, which includes new sidewalks, lighting and store facade signage, effectively helping to revitalize the downtown.

Long has served as first vice president of SEDA COG, chairman of the Susque-View Board and VOCA (Voices of Crime Act) funding board. He actively participated on several other boards and committees such as Downtown Lock Haven, the Ross Library Board, STEP, Aging Advisory Board, Advocates for a Drug Free Tomorrow, Western Clinton County Recreation Authority, Revolving Loan Board, Clinton County Sewer Authority, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Tourism Infrastructure Committee and Summer Concert Series Committee.

Long has spearheaded many projects including bringing the first cellular service to Western Clinton County and a regional study on expanding natural gas usage.

Joel has spent countless hours doing volunteer work including helping to successfully run a campaign to construct the Tiger Den playground. After being closed to the public for several years, Long successfully negotiated with KCSD administration to reopen the park to the public in the spring of 2019.

Joel helped to create a non-profit organization to save youth basketball in the area when the school district cut the program for budgetary reasons. Long not only serves as treasurer for the organization; he also coaches.

Long has a long track record of service for the youth of the area having served three terms as president of Lock Haven/Flemington Little League and currently serves as vice president. He’s secured grant funding to build new and improve facilities with new score boards enhancing the experience for the youth of the area.

He is a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and a Third Degree Knight of Columbus.