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Two supervisor positions open in Snyder Township

Candidates elected to fill two positions on the Snyder board of supervisors will face a main concern for residents dealing with the township’s comprehensive plan and zoning.
At a special meeting held in September, the current board of supervisors voted to delete any reference to zoning from the township’s comprehensive plan. However, it continues to be an issue discussed at meetings because some residents are in favor of zoning while others are against it.
Two supervisor terms will be open, including a six-year term and a two-year term. The four-year term of tax collector will be filled, along with three auditor positions.
Republican James I. Burket is running for a six-year term as Snyder Township supervisor as a write-in candidate.
Burket has lived in Snyder Township for 23 years with his wife, Gail. He runs a business in Snyder Township called Burket’s Auto Repair.
His wife, Republican Gail (Diehl) Burket is running unopposed for the four-year term as Snyder Township tax collector.
She was born and raised in Snyder Township. In 2003, she worked for Nancy Kilmartin, Snyder Township tax collector, helping with taxes and office duties.
Republican Robert D. Ayers will appear on the ballot for the six-year term as Snyder Township supervisor.
He retired a few years ago from PPG Industries after working there for 30 years.
Ayers began working with the people of Snyder Township in April of 2004 when he took on the role of code enforcement officer. For the last year, Ayers has also served on the Snyder Township planning commission.
Lifelong resident, Democrat Warren E. (Buddy) Daughenbaugh Jr., will appear on the ballot for a two-year term as Snyder Township supervisor.
“While my age is an issue for some, I feel I will bring new ideas and a youthful perspective to the board. I’m aware of all the responsibilities that come with this position and look forward to the challenges that lay ahead for Snyder Township and its residents,” he told The Daily Herald before the May primaries.
Republican candidate and current Snyder Township supervisor, James L. Miller will also appear on the ballot for the two-year term as township supervisor.
Miller was born and raised in Tyrone to age 17. He returned to Bald Eagle about five years ago.
In November of 2004 after the death of Jim Daughenbaugh, Snyder Township supervisor for many years, Miller was appointed by the two remaining supervisors to serve for the first year of the three years remaining on Daughenbaugh’s term.
At the township’s January 2005 reorganization meeting, Miller was named vice-chairman of the board of supervisors and was also appointed Road Master.
Township secretary, Viola Dysart, informed The Daily Herald that no one is running for the township’s auditor positions. She said the supervisors will appoint a firm to fulfill the duties of those positions at the January 2006 reorganization meeting.