Candidates seek 2nd Ward seat in Wellsburg

WELLSBURG – Two are seeking a seat representing the city’s 2nd Ward in the city’s June 11 general election.

They are incumbent Ron Michaux of 1519 Charles St. and challenger Brian Tennant of 1407 Charles St.

A graduate of Wheeling Jesuit University, Michaux has 28 years of experience in banking and is assistant vice president and relationship manager for First National Bank of Pennsylvania.

He previously was vice president and business development officer for Progressive Bank and oversaw the six former Advance Financial Savings/Parkvale bank branches in the Ohio Valley.

A Wellsburg councilman since 2010, he serves on the city’s finance committee, for which he was chairman; park and recreation committee, ordinance committee and urban development authority and represents it on the Brooke-Hancock-Jefferson Metropolitan Planning Commission.

He said if returned for a second term, his highest priority will be completion of improvements to the city’s water plant which he said will enable it “to provide quality water again to the citizens of Wellsburg.”

Michaux said he also will push for research and development to bring new businesses to the city.

“This will bring jobs for our citizens (and hopefully retain our younger population) and increase the tax revenue for the city. To accomplish this task, the city government will work closely with the newly formed urban development authority,” he said.

Michaux said he also would push for an up-to-date website and Facebook page to alert citizens of water line breaks, street paving and other work affecting them as well as local events; the removal of dilapidated buildings; and new Welcome to Wellsburg signs, with landscaping and lights, at the city’s north and south ends.

Tennant is a graduate of West Liberty University, where he earned a degree in business administration with an emphasis in accounting.

Tennant is employed by the internal audit department of WesBanco and owns and operates Tennant’s Pressure-washing Service. While in high school and college, he worked at Staffileno’s on the River, Mullenbach Funeral Home and the Wal-Mart Distribution Center.

He is a member of the Wellsburg Lions Club, helping with its annual steak fry fundraiser for scholarships for Brooke High School students; the Wellsburg Elks Lodge and Cedar Lodge; and volunteered for Holy Family Catholic Church’s Thanksgiving dinner program.

Tennant said if elected, he will work on the redevelopment of commercial zones in Wellsburg to bring new businesses, adding vacant properties on state Route 2 should be particularly appealing to new businesses.

“I really feel Wellsburg has a lot to offer. It’s just a matter of exploring opportunities.”

He said dilapidated structures are a key issue because they present safety hazards and hurt the property values of their neighbors. He said he will explore funding, whether it be grants or low-interest loans, to help the city or property owners remove them.

Tennant said he’d also push to make Wellsburg Council accessible through the Internet and social media. He said a Facebook page or other means could be used to inform residents about current city issues and projects and to give a voice to residents unable to attend council meetings.

“I think if it’s run properly, it can be an effective tool to let people know what’s going on,” he said.