CLEARFIELD – Commissioner John Sobel has announced his candidacy for re-election to the office of Clearfield County Commissioner.
Sobel, who is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and the Penn State Dickinson School of Law, has served the citizens of Clearfield County as their commissioner since 2008.
“Whether one speaks of 21st century workforce development issues or the drug crisis affecting so many of our communities, our county is facing some serious challenges, and I intend to use my experience to deal with them,” he said.
Sobel pointed to the renovation of the Clearfield County Jail, the recent settlement of the county’s lawsuit against the pharmaceuticals industry bringing in needed dollars to fight the drug crisis, and the jobs restoration of the re-opening of the GEO Group Moshannon Valley Detention Center as important accomplishments during his past term.
He also cited local community infrastructure investment and broadband expansion as being future goals for the county.
“I will continue to be pro-energy,” said Sobel, who added that Clearfield County is poised to revitalize its economy, as it continues to develop its natural resources in response to lessons learned from the supply chain crisis of the past pandemic.
Sobel is a life-long conservative who is pro-life and a member of the National Rifle Association. (NRA). He worships at the Presbyterian Church of Clearfield where he serves as an Elder.
Sobel is a resident of Lawrence Township and is the father of a daughter, Johnna Pyne, who lives in Penfield and teaches at the Clearfield Area Elementary School.
In addition to his duties as Commissioner, Sobel serves many of the county’s small communities as their solicitor.
These include the borough of Mahaffey, as well as the townships of Bigler, Covington, Girard, Goshen, Graham, Karthaus and Knox Townships.
Sobel concluded by noting, “I’m not afraid to say no on behalf of the taxpayer. Government exists by spending other people’s money. The taxpayer deserves a place at the table too.”
“My greatest pleasure has been serving the citizens of Clearfield County,” he added.
“I look forward to meeting you and hearing your thoughts and ideas as I knock on your doors this year. I humbly ask for your support.”