By John Chambless

Staff Writer

The candidates seeking a seat on the East Marlborough Township Board of Supervisors are focusing on issues of job experience versus a new approach to the job.

Incumbent supervisor Richard Hicks did not get the endorsement of the local Republican Party Committee, but is seeking re-election based on his extensive experience as a building codes official and zoning officer, and his history as a certified building inspector and master planner. He has been the president of the Chester County Association of Township Officials and was appointed to the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Officials Legislative Committee. He has also served as the vice-president of the Po-Mar-Lin Fire Company.

If elected, Hicks says he will "represent my constituents at the local, county and state level by making educated decisions, maintain our quality of life through responsible government, and stay focused on what counts -- the people of East Marlborough."

Facing Hicks is incumbent Richard Hannum, Jr., and his newcomer running mate, John Sarro. They won the Republican endorsement in April.

Sarro owns a sign company in East Marlborough Township, and says he he has built up the business for two decades by working well with the public. He and his wife, Penny, have been married for 30 years and raised two daughters who graduated from Unionville High School. He serves on the township's Board of Auditors and says he's fiscally conservative, with a broad knowledge of road equipment and building. He supports local events and non-profits including Kacie's Cause, the Unionville Community Fair, and the Plantation Field International Horse Trials.

Sarro says he believes that government should be run like a business, and is against raising taxes. If elected, he says he would seek stronger relationships with schools and fire departments, and will work with local police to strengthen drug prevention efforts.

Election Day is Nov. 5