2018-08-12 / Insight

Swoish wins primary election in NB Township

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Gary Swoish Gary Swoish NORTH BRANCH TWP. — Voters in North Branch Township on Tuesday were asked to determine a candidate for township supervisor for a partial term ending on Nov. 20, 2020. Gary Swoish, 62, defeated Robert DeTavernier in the Republican primary vote with a vote of 324-224.

Swoish, a lifelong farmer in the North Branch area, has six children with his wife Jane as well as 13 grandchildren. Swoish is a lifelong parishioner of St. Mary’s Church and is a member of the Knights of Columbus. “I had never envisioned myself running for office,” said Swoish. “At this time in my life I want to serve the community.”

DeTavernier currently serves the Township as treasurer, a role in which he will remain. Swoish said that he and DeTavernier will have no issue working together for the betterment of the community. “We both need to be community driven and do our best for our township,” he said. “I see our township moving forward in a positive direction that would benefit our community.”

Swoish will appear on the November ballot for the position of township supervisor and will face off against potential challengers representing the Democratic or other parties. According to North Branch Township Clerk Amy Bridger-Snoblen, there is still the opportunity for someone to run as a write-in for the November election. “I don’t have anyone at this time, but it is still early,” she said.

If Swoish runs unopposed or is victorious in November, he will assume the role of township supervisor following the November election. “If Mr. Swoish essentially wins in November the term starts November 20, and he would need to be sworn in with the oath of office around that time,” said Bridger- Snoblen.

Swoish said he’s identified a few areas in which he’ll like to make a difference as supervisor should he win the seat in November. “I would like to find additional ways that could save taxpayers money and find ways to improve how tax money is utilized,” he said. “I would like to see that residents are informed and up to date with ongoing matters within the township, possibly with a newsletter.”

If Swoish is sworn in as township supervisor in November, he anticipates a bit of a learning curve, but he’s already becoming a familiar face at township board meetings. “As township supervisor I will have to learn the formalities of running the board meetings and some of the tasks I will be responsible for,” he said. “I will be attending township meetings going forward as a bystander, until I am sworn in. This will help reduce the learning curve and keep me informed with the township’s ongoing business.”

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