John “Herm” Suplizio, Republican candidate for state senate, stopped by Tioga Publishing’s office to share his accomplishments and visions for the 25th Senatorial District.
Suplizio, who is currently the DuBois city manager, said he wants to keep Senator Joe Scarnati’s vision going.
“I’m afraid we don’t have someone like him with his same values fighting for us in Harrisburg, we’re going to be left behind,” Suplizio said.
Suplizio, who was elected as DuBois city manager in 2010 and previously served as the DuBois mayor for 10 years, said he understands the issues that rural Pennsylvanian’s are facing — whether it be water/sewer systems or roads — and wants to bring his experience dealing with these issues to the table.
During his time as DuBois city manager, he said the city has done several million dollars worth of projects for water and sewer systems, numerous water system renovations and upgrades, as well as currently updating the sewer system and lines. As for city projects, DuBois completed streetscape projects, lighting, sidewalks, roads, walkways and three state-of-the-art ball fields, including one for people with disabilities. He said the city did that with recreation funds, as well as securing grants.
He said the city has not raised taxes since 2006 and lowered taxes at one time.
Suplizio said two of his top issues are making sure the local fire departments in the district are well funded and taken care of, and ensuring the elderly community is supported.
“One of the things we have done (in DuBois) is centered our water rates and sewer rates around the elderly. A lot of communities will do it the opposite and they have a flat rate. We base our rate on a user fee,” he said. This way a single elderly person isn’t paying the same rate as a family of five.
Tioga County Commissioner Erick Coolidge said he has appreciated that the district has the opportunity to carry on the “thoughtful and considerate leadership that Senator Scarnati has provided for many years” through Suplizio. He said you can’t always feel comfortable with the candidacy when someone steps up, but with Suplizio’s history of contribution to his community, it’s important to acknowledge.
Looking at Suplizio’s time with the DuBois Volunteer Fire Department, Coolidge said he hopes people recognize his integrity, willingness to sacrifice his time and unselfishness that has been exhibited.
Suplizio was born and raised in DuBois and is the youngest of seven children. He has two adult children, Meghan and Timothy. He is a lifelong member of the DuBois Volunteer Fire Department, executive director of DuBois Area United Way since 1993 and a member of the St. Catherine Church.