MIFFLINTOWN -Mark R. Partner is seeking the Democratic nomination for Juniata County Commissioner in the May 17 primary election.
Partner, 50, is a lifelong resident of Juniata County, a graduate of Juniata High School
and attended West Ches-
He served as a commissioner in Juniata County from 1996 to 2007, and as Juniata County auditor from 1993 to 1995.
He has been affiliated with Nationwide Insurance and Financial since 1985, and continues to operate his agency at 4265 William Penn Highway in the Hilltop Plaza, Mifflintown.
Partner's community and professional affiliations include The Juniata Valley Estate Planning Council, Lions Club of Mifflintown, Juniata County Historical Society, Walker Grange, the Rotary Club of Mifflintown and the Juniata County Farm Bureau.
Partner is an active member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Nook.
Partner continues to be active as a member of the Tri-County Mental Health/Mental Retardation Citizen's Advisory Board, Juniata County Child Care and Development, The Juniata River Valley Chamber of Commerce, Mifflin-Juniata Regional Services Corp., and its affiliates Mifflin-Juniata Area Agency on aging and the Mifflin-Juniata Food Service, Juniata Business and Industry and Juniata County Industrial Development Authority.
Partner also serves on the newly-organized board for Juniata Meals on Wheels Inc.
Since previously serving the citizens of Juniata County as commissioner, Partner has remained active in the community. He said he continues to observe and give careful attention to the issues, concerns and ongoing debates, including responsible fiscal management and appropriate budget oversight.
During his previous tenure as commissioner, Partner worked to update the emergency communications center; initiate the 911 addressing project enhancing the ability of emergency services to respond; supported implementation of a housing rehabilitation program for low income residents; approved community block grant funds for water and sewer system expansion and upgrades; and advocated for development of a county comprehensive plan that assists the county's communities with growth and development opportunities.
"I believe some of the projects and challenges the next board of commissioners will face include updates to property values for a more accurate reflection of present day market conditions, county prison upgrades, general technology upgrades and space needs for county records retention and storage," Partner said.
"I will continue to serve the best interests of our communities. I support positive growth and progress, and will cooperatively work to maintain and promote the desirable quality of life that Juniata County is known for."
Partner and his wife, Linda, are the parents of three children and reside near Walnut in Beale Township.