For many years, decades even, Bellevue has had a reputation around the Pittsburgh region as a “difficult” community with which to work. Businesses packed up and left for greener pastures with arms open wide waiting for them. Hired and elected leaders were literally chased from, not only their positions, but from the community as a whole. While other neighborhoods reaped the benefits of a swelling renaissance throughout southwestern PA, little old Bellevue and its leadership maintained its hard earned status of “that town that’ll never change.”
Then in 2013, dramatic, unprecedented change came sweeping into Bellevue. Three problematic members of council were removed and/or blocked from office in a single election. A fourth came ever so close to losing.
This past May, the impossible happened. By overwhelming numbers and against all odds, Bellevue overturned its archaic and self-destructive ban on retail alcohol sales.
Today, the train of change in Bellevue is ready to continue rolling.
We are officially three weeks away from yet another incredibly important and pivotal election in Bellevue’s history. With the ban on alcohol sales over, Bellevue is desperate for fresh leadership and fresh energy to drive the new opportunities which await our community like never before. The decision which awaits Bellevue voters is this:
On Tuesday, November 3rd, we can either re-elect two incumbents who have sat on Bellevue Council for more than two decades combined leading Bellevue to its current status, or we can choose to elect three fresh new candidates, with fresh ideas and fresh energy to lead Bellevue in a brand new direction.
In years past, Liberty in Bellevue has attempted to remain relatively objective when it came to the election. We would reach out to all the candidates and invite them to use our platform to share their bio and vision for the community they wish to serve. However, what happened each time we pursued this method, the incumbents would make a big stink about how “we don’t like them” and we’d expend all sorts of energy and money only to have nothing to show for it. This year, we’re not going through all that trouble. This year, we’re taking a completely different track. This year, we’re just going to share with you why Bellevue desperately needs to elect Aaryn Hogue, Grant Saylor, and Tom Fodi to council on Tuesday, November 3rd.
The incumbents, Linda Woshner and Jim Scisciani, are lovely people. This we will not deny. They have served Bellevue faithfully for years, decades, in fact. However, just as we judge politicians at the state and national level based on the welfare of the district or region they represent, we believe taking a simple look around at the welfare of Bellevue over the past decade and a half and, as they say, “the proof is in the pudding.” We don’t believe it to be of any benefit drumming up the past and pointing out the countless examples of power-brokering, personal agenda pursuing, endless in fighting, and failure to lead we can cite among our posts and videos alone. The fact is, the reason Liberty in Bellevue exists is entirely based on the price Bellevue has paid as a result of the failed leadership we’ve been stuck in this time.
Tom Fodi, Grant Saylor, and Aaryn Hogue represent what we believe to be enormous steps toward a brand new Bellevue.
If you live and vote in the First Ward, you will have the opportunity to vote for Aaryn Hogue over her opponent, the incumbent, Linda Woshner. Ms. Hogue is precisely the kind of person you want serving you on Bellevue Council. She has no interest in a long term political career. She’s a devout independent who cares deeply about serving Bellevue rather than clinging to power or serving the interests of a political party. But, most importantly Aaryn is a stickler for facts, transparency, accountability, and truth. As a forensic accountant, Bellevue is simply desperate for someone to sift through our borough’s finances with the fine tooth comb she provides and challenge those who seek to hide behind the veil of government.
If you live and vote in the Third Ward, you will have the opportunity to vote for both Grant Saylor and Tom Fodi over their opponent, the incumbent, Jim Scisciani (these three are all vying for TWO seats). Both Tom and Grant are gifted leaders with years of experiencing leading a variety of organizations. Grant is phenomenal business leader, responsible for the success and growth of dozens of Starbucks outlets throughout PA, WV, and OH. As if that responsibility wasn’t enough, Grant is also a member of a variety of boards and leadership teams including, but not limited to, Bellevue Initiative for Growth and the North Borough’s YMCA. Tom has served as an officer in the military, including tours in Iraq and Kuwait. He is also a pastor of a new church plant in the South Hills of Pittsburgh and founded/manages his own company here in Bellevue, Dignity Home Care Professionals. Both gentlemen are ready and waiting to serve and collaboratively lead our community to the heights it is fully capable of achieving.
In the coming days both Tom, Grant, and Aaryn will have opportunities to share with you about their unique, personal vision for Bellevue. If you have questions for the candidates, please feel free to comment below!