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Clinton Reps choose Brinker for council seat

Jeff Brinker

LOCK HAVEN — The Clinton County Republican Party has nominated Jeffrey Brinker to be placed on the Lock Haven City Council ticket in the November Election.

Brinker is running for a seat vacated by former Councilman Bill Mincer. Mincer resigned early in the summer. Since then his seat has been filled by Alex Di Costanzo.

Di Costanzo was placed in the position by council in June temporarily. He is currently on the Democratic ticket for another seat that is up in January 2022.

Brinker, a 1990 graduate of Bald Eagle Nittany High School and 1994 Lock Haven University graduate, is a health and physical education teacher at the Keystone Central School District, having served in that role for 27 years.

Brinker earned a Bachelor’s in Science degree in Health and Physical Education from LHU; a Master’s Degree at MaryGrove College; and completed his Doctorate in Teacher Leadership from Walden University in 2008.

Outside of his career, Brinker has coached wrestling, soccer and baseball at Central Mountain High School, Middle School, in Loganton, Woolrich and for the West Branch Soccer Club. He and his wife and 10 children are members of House of the Lord Fellowship and he serves as a speaker for the Gideons International Ministry.

He most recently became a member of the city’s Parks and Recreation Committee.

Brinker said he would bring his life experiences, educational background and other various skills into the position if elected.

“My life experiences, educational background, volunteering within community organizations, and professional career have equipped me with the necessary skills to lead and collaborate with others on council,” he said.

Brinker said he would do his best to represent everyone if elected.

“If elected, I will serve the community by listening to your concerns and solutions. No promises will be made since I would be one of seven votes. But I will do my best to represent you,” Brinker said.

If given the opportunity to serve in the two year position, Brinker said by the end of his term he’d want to leave things better than when he started.

“My pastor has a saying I feel is very appropriate. He says, “Leave people better off than what you have found them.” I would try my best to leave our community better off than what I found it,” he said.

Among his goals would be to improve city parks for children and family’s and create a large social media presence within the community in the form of “Haven Helps.”

“For example, when you see a problem arise on your block from a storm or possibly road conditions need to be attended to. You would simply go to the city’s website and report the problem on the Haven Helps link,” he said.

Brinker added he would want to assist in fostering the growth of business in downtown through financial responsibility on the city’s part.

“Just as owners have had to act responsibly with their finances, I believe our city leaders must do the same at this crucial juncture in time. The council and mayor must act responsibly to ensure our spending does not supersede our revenue,” he said.

By ensuring city spending doesn’t lead to increased taxation on its residents, it would trickle into local businesses, Brinker said.

“By the city not raising taxes, borrowing, nor spending money the city does not have, you will get to keep more of your hard-earned money,” he continued. “Hence, you have more in your pocket so you can take your family and friends out on a night in our amazing town.”

Brinker will run against Democratic candidate Brandon Ranck.

Whoever is elected to fill the position vacated by Mincer will hold the seat for two years before it is up for grabs in 2024.

Three other seats have expired and will be on the ballot this November. Seats held by Steve Stevenson, Barbara Masorti and Rick Conklin. Stevenson, Masorti and Alexander Di Costanzo will be listed on the ballot.

Conklin, an Independent, has filed to be on the ballot for both his current seat and the remainder of Mincer’s term.

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