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Monday, June 26, 2017
Shawn Clary Shawn Clary

Clary joins commissioners race

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Shawn Clary has announced his candidacy for a Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners seat.

Born and raised in Whitehall, Clary said he is looking forward to serving the community as a member of the board of commissioners.

He and his wife, Brooke, have lived in the Whitehall-Coplay community for more than 15 years. They have two children — Grace, a freshman at Whitehall High School, and Finn, a sixth-grader at Whitehall-Coplay Middle School.

Clary is a 1988 graduate of Whitehall High School. After high school, he attended Kutztown University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.

In 1996, he began classes in special education at East Stroudsburg University, where he earned a master’s degree.

“I have spent the last 18 years of my professional life as an educator in the Whitehall-Coplay School District, where I currently teach eighth-grade social studies at the middle school,” Clary said. “Throughout my years in education, I have also taught mathematics as well as worked with students in special education.

“In addition to teaching, I have spent 21 years coaching high school football, spending the last 15 seasons with the Zephyrs. While serving as a strength coach for Whitehall, I also coached the throwers in track and field for 15 seasons, seven of which were for Whitehall. I have dedicated much of my life to the teaching and coaching the youth of the Whitehall community.”

Clary said he has seen the population change dramatically over the last 20 years.

“This change, coupled with the fact that our community’s population is estimated to grow by 8 percent in the next two decades, has had and will continue to have a serious impact on our housing needs,” he said. “This discussion needs our serious attention, one that needs to take place sooner than later.

“Furthermore, I want to see a more active involvement in our community service. Volunteering is something that is very near and dear to my heart. I am a firm believer that people, from all ages, ethnicities, and social backgrounds, working together for a common cause, is truly something special. I am committed to finding ways to promote these relationships in our ever-changing, ever-diverse community.”

Clary said he would like to continue discussions about the construction of a new township emergency services building.

“It is my understanding that the proposed site for the new emergency building is large enough to accommodate a community, recreation and/or senior center. While an endeavor such as this would be beneficial to our community as a whole, it also requires a careful financial plan, one that is feasible within the township budget. I would not be willing to recommend any additional tax burdens to our residents.”’

Clary is involved in the community as a member of Coplay Sports’ board of directors, Knights of Columbus and St. John the Baptist Church.

“I feel that these experiences afford me the aptitude and ability to bring some new and fresh ideas to the board,” Clary said. “I say this because, as your commissioner, I will work tirelessly on behalf of you.”