Local business manager announces run for Cranberry supervisor
James Parey, a 24-year-resident of Cranberry Township, announced his candidacy for township supervisor in a Thursday news release.
A statement released by Parey said he would run “on a platform of stewardship, smart growth and safe community.”
Parey, who says he is a local business manager, will run on the Republican ballot against current supervisor Karen Newpol for a four-year term. Newpol was unanimously selected in 2022 to fill the vacant seat of Richard “Dick” Hadley after his passing that year.
Republican supervisors Bruce Mazzoni and John Skorupan will run unopposed for election to the six-year terms in the primary. No Democratic Party candidates are running for four- or six-year terms.
Parey’s release stated that residents are “genuinely concerned about where their public money is going.”
“James Parey believes in stewarding public monies toward priorities that matter to people,” the statement read. “He has a vision for bringing in greater revenue to Cranberry Township by renovating the publicly owned Cranberry Highlands Golf Course banquet hall in order for it to be rented out for weddings and events. He wants to invest in public safety and make sure kids are safe in school.”
The statement also called for the return of Fourth of July fireworks in the township.
“People are shocked that there aren’t fireworks on the Fourth of July in Cranberry Township,” Parey said in the statement. “Pride in our country is core to the fabric of our township, and I believe that fireworks on the Fourth of July are foundation for bringing us together.”
Parey’s news release stated that the county has become increasingly attractive to residents of Allegheny County for its lower tax rates.
“Diligently managed, we can allocate funds toward things that are essential to upholding the spirit of our community,” his news release said, “while still maintaining the low taxes and responsible growth that makes Cranberry Township so great.”
The primary election will be held May 16, and the general election will follow on Nov. 7.