Four candidates vying to be elected to Hampton council

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 | 12:01 AM

The four candidates running for Hampton Council took some time to share who they are and what they hope to achieve if elected.

Joe Dougherty

Residential status - Born and raised in Hampton, Hampton alumni, 1996. Moved back in 2012.

Goals/issues: Being responsive to the community as a whole while being accountable to the taxpayer. I am committed to living by Calvin Coolidge’s quote, “Collecting more taxes than is absolutely necessary is legalized robbery.” Business, and particularly small business, is the cornerstone of the American economy. Fellow candidate Martha Hunkele and I want to form a Business Advisory Committee, comprised of Hampton business owners, to help guide the township on issues pertaining to business development. It would be akin to something like the Environmental Advisory Committee on environmental issues. Improve our fire safety facilities and make progress on the Route 8 - Wildwood Road intersection.

Professional/personal: Family and sports medicine physician, and currently the Associate Program Director of the Forbes Family Medicine residency in Monroeville. For six years I was a team physician for both the Pirates and Hampton Talbots. My wife, Lela, is a family physician and co-founder of Pittsburgh’s first direct primary care practice, Family Matters Direct Primary Care in Hampton. Two sons to attend HTSD, ages 6 and 4. Fourth year as the pitching coach for Freeport Area High School. Volunteer occasionally at Camp Spencer, an adult special needs camp run by Charlie Deer, in Fombell, Beaver County.

Nicholas Haberman

Residential history: I’ve lived in Hampton nine years, in Pittsburgh my entire life

Goals, important issues:- Maintain and improve infrastructure, citizen-centered, environmentally-conscious community development, and update and improve amenities, including community programming, the Community Center, and walkability.

Professional, personal: Social Studies Teacher at a local public school, married to a teacher, two children in the Hampton Township School District, ages 7 and 9

Martha Hunkele

Residential status: Hampton resident for approximately 35 years.

Goal/important issues: As a three-term Hampton Township council member beginning in the late 1990s, she wants to help serve the community again as the township changes and grows.

She wants to help her community and neighbors by serving on the board. After serving on the township council, she was active on the Hampton Community Association, serving as co-chair for four years.

Professional/personal:- She and her husband began two Feed and Garden Centers in 1987 in Glenshaw and Bakerstown. They have six children, four of whom they adopted from Poland, and five grandsons.

John Mills

Residential status: Hampton resident for eight years.

Goals/issues: Maintain and improve Hampton infrastructure which has many needs after years of deferred maintenance. Hope to improve business development in the Route 8 corridor by working with the business community and state and local governments. Develop in the community a new citizen centered Comprehensive Plan to allow Hampton to keep moving forward.

Professional/personal: Senior Director of Commercial Product Development at UPMC Health Plan, one of my responsibilities is to expand health care coverage through the Individual Health Insurance Exchanges under the Affordable Care Act. Lives in a multi-generational household which includes wife Susan, his mother-in-law, a daughter, Avery, 11, at Hampton Middle School; twin sons, Cameron and Julian, 8, at Wyland Elementary School.