Supervisor races include Bald Eagle Township

Thomas C. Cannon

All three supervisor seats in Bald Eagle Township are up for election Tuesday.

Two supervisors resigned this past May, and the county court appointed two replacements. Both appointees are now running for election, as required if they wish to retain their seats. They are Gerard L. Banfill, who is serving as supervisor chair, and C.L. “Tuff” Rine, Jr.

Kenneth E. McGhee Jr. was the only supervisor who remained after the other two stepped down earlier this year, and his seat is also up for election.

All three of the incumbents are Republicans.

Banfill is on the ballot for a seat that carries a four-year term. No one else is listed on the ballot for that particular seat.

C.L. “Tuff” Rine

Rine is a candidate for the two-year-term supervisor seat. Running against him is Michael J. Considine, a Democrat.

McGhee is a candidate for the supervisor seat that carries a six-year term. Also running for that seat is Thomas C. Cannon, a Democrat.


Tom Cannon, a resident of Plunkets Run Road, has served the township in the past, as a member of the Bald Eagle Township Sewer Authority.

An enthusiastic sportsman, he has lived in the township for the past 22 years. He has been married to his wife Joyce for 19 years and has three step-children and three grandchildren.

Kenneth E. McGhee Jr.

Cannon grew up on a small beef cattle farm.

A 1985 graduate of Hughesville High School, he spent four years in the U.S. Navy as a hull technician (a welder and ship fitter) stationed at Newport, Rhode Island.

Cannon, 51, has been a welder for the largest part of his working life, working for various companies in the area including the former Valley Sheet Metal and the former Renovo Rail. He has worked for the past eight years for PennDOT where he has been an operator, worked on the bridge repair crew and is currently a maintenance repairman.

He went to the Pennsylvania College of Technology for heavy construction equipment and earned his commercial driver’s license from the Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology.

Cannon said he wants to get the township back on track and create trust with the residents by keeping everything out in the open. While he might not be the best person for the job, the residents will never get anyone to be more honest about township business than he will be, he added. He will always be available for any concerns the people may have, he said.

Gerard L. Banfill


Mike Considine has lived in the township for 58 of his 61 years with his wife, Sandy. They raised two children, Tara and Joe, and have three granddaughters. His family has owned land in Sugar Run for nearly 100 years.

Considine served three years in the U.S. Army.

He is retired from Lock Haven University as assistant director of facilities, after 31 years of employment. He started his career there as refrigeration mechanic and at one point held the office of president of the local union, before being promoted to supervisor and later to the position he retired from. His work experience has included 25 years of negotiating with unions and upper management, scheduling and tracking work orders, and managing budgets. He also has 19 years’ experience in web design and marketing.

A member of Holy Spirit Parish in Lock Haven, he attended Lock Haven Catholic School and is a 1974 graduate of Bald Eagle-Nittany High School.

Michael J. Considine

He was the first president of Clinton County Paws of Hope, and he and his wife have been volunteers with the Clinton County SPCA’s TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) Program for stray and feral cats for three years.

Considine said he wants to bring his people and communication skills to the table, as well as his experience with managing an annual million-dollar budget. He said his first reaction to any issue is to listen closely to all parties involved. He said he will look for solutions to township residents’ concerns, and road blocks that are sometimes thrown up by bureaucrats will not be the end of the story for him.

Transparency is the key to governing, Considine said. In these next few years, he said, the accountability to the taxpayers of Bald Eagle Township, along with rebuilding a trust with them, needs to be a priority.


Kenny McGhee, 51, was born and raised in the township and has lived there his whole life, as the son of two other lifelong township residents.

A 1983 graduate of Bald Eagle-Nittany High School, he operates the family business, K.E. McGhee Excavation, which he has been familiar with since age 5. He holds certifications in the field of construction excavation and works with Condo’s Welding in Draketown.

He also has an extensive background knowledge of addresses, property lines and other property information in the township.

McGhee donates his time to a variety of causes, including the township, Mill Hall Borough and the Clinton County Community Pool at Mill Hall.

His daughter, Chelsea McGhee, graduated this year from Penn State at the top of her class.

He has a solid, lengthy working knowledge of heavy equipment as well as projects involving such equipment, his supporters say, and he brings that to bear on the township’s behalf.

His roots in the community are deep, and his supporters say he is running for re-election because he is both knowledgeable of and devoted to the township’s general welfare.


Tuff Rine, 62, is a graduate of Bald Eagle-Nittany High School, where he was involved in local sports, and Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

He retired after 37-and-a-half years in management at Croda Inc., 20 years as plant manager and the last 10 years as director of warehousing and logistics.

A 32nd degree Mason, he is a member of the Lock Haven Elks and Giosue Carducci Lodge.

He and Kim Heivly have been married for more than 14 years and have two daughters. They have resided in Bald Eagle Township for the last 10 years.

The township needs to be run like a business, the candidate said. His experience at Croda of working with more than 125 employees, maintaining a budget and helping build the site to what it is today will help assure the township is financially solvent in the future, he stated. As an appointed supervisor, he has taken no pay.

He believes in fiscal responsibility and public service, he added, and offers a listening ear to every citizen.


After Tuesday’s General Election, the county will begin the official recount at 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 13. In the case of any tie votes, a “casting of lots” will be held at noon the third Friday after the election, which this year happens to be Nov. 24, the day after Thanksgiving.

Four townships in Clinton County have absolutely no candidates listed on the ballot for any position, including that of township supervisor. They are Dunnstable, Grugan, East Keating and West Keating townships.

Write-in candidates, then, could take a leadership position in any of those townships if they receive at least 10 votes (and, of course, more votes than any other candidate).

Voters in other Clinton County municipalities also have some important decisions to make. These municipalities include:

AVIS BOROUGH — Four council seats, each with a four-year term, should be decided. But there are only three names on the ballot — those of Democratic incumbents Amy Brooks, Michael R. Herman and Brian S. Stover. This opens the door for a write-in candidate.

BEECH CREEK TOWNSHIP — Lee M. Corman, a Democrat, and Tim Muthler, a Republican, are running for one supervisor seat, a position that is for six years. Neither of them are a supervisor at this time.

FLEMINGTON BOROUGH– Five incumbents are running for re-election to council, with no other challengers. And, five seats are up for election. One of them is for a two-year term, while the other four are for four-year terms.

Council member Jo Anne LaRocque, a Democrat, is running for both a four-year seat and the two-year seat. Should she win both, she must choose one which would leave the other one open.

She is the only candidate for the two-year seat, so there is no race there.

However, since she has filed for a four-year seat as well, she is in a race with the other incumbents, who are Republicans David E. Grimm, Albert “Hap” Hill who is currently council president, Stephen W. Hoy, and Traci A. Kuntz.

LAMAR TOWNSHIP — Incumbent Larry D. Rhine, a Democrat, and Wade C. Vonada, a Republican, are running for one supervisor seat, a position that is for six years.

LEIDY TOWNSHIP — One of the three supervisor seats is up for election and no name is on the ballot for it. The position is for six years.

LOGANTON BOROUGH — Five candidates are running for four seats on council, which all carry four-year terms. They are incumbent Kenneth A. Brungard, a Democrat; incumbent Robert G. Douty, a Republican; incumbents G. Arthur Grieb and Kathy A. Miller, both Democrats; and Christopher Scaff, a Republican.

MILL HALL BOROUGH — Four candidates are running for three council seats, all with four-year terms. They are incumbents Richard R. Hetzel Jr. and Samuel G. Hoy Jr., both Republicans; incumbent Anthony R. Walker, a Democrat who is currently council president; and Rainelle M. Wallace, a Democrat.

NOYES TOWNSHIP — Charles Graw, a Democrat, and Juan Rivera, an Independent, are running for one supervisor seat, a position that is for six years. Neither of them is a supervisor at this time.

PINE CREEK TOWNSHIP — Incumbent James E. Moore, a Republican, and Bryan S. Poorman, a Democrat, are running for one supervisor seat, a position that is for six years.

PORTER TOWNSHIP — Kenneth L. Courter Sr., a Democrat, and incumbent Kevin R. Frank, a Republican, are running for one supervisor seat, a position that is for six years.

RENOVO BOROUGH — Seven people are running for four council seats: incumbent Rhonda Balchun, a Democrat; William H. Fornwalt III and David C. Knauff, both Republicans; incumbent Merry Ann Olshefskie, a Republican; incumbent Patricia A. Rauch, a Democrat; Robert Shank, a Democrat; and incumbent Ann Tarantella, a Democrat. The position is for four years.

SOUTH RENOVO BOROUGH — Three council seats, each with a four-year term, should be decided. But there are only two names on the ballot — those of Matthew Carter and Vincent O’Connor, both Democrats.

WAYNE TOWNSHIP — Two candidates are running for one supervisor seat, incumbent Katharine M. Dershem, a Democrat, and Brad L. Rote, a Republican. The position is for six years.

WOODWARD TOWNSHIP — Two candidates are running for judge of elections, which carries a four-year term — Karen Elias, a Democrat, and Cindy Love, a Republican.


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