Incumbent challenged in Girard’s 3rd Ward

GIRARD — In the only contested race in the May 7 primary election in the city of Girard, incumbent Fran Wilson is facing a challenge from Jeffrey Kay for the 3rd Ward council position.

Both candidates are lifelong residents of Girard.

Fran Wilson, 87, is campaigning to be re-elected to the 3rd Ward because she said she wants to continue what she’s started. She said she understands Girard’s needs and has more to offer.

“There are things that still need to be followed through with,” Wilson said. As zoning committee chair, Wilson said she is actively working to bring more business to the downtown and create a city that its residents can be proud of.

She said she wants to attract more people to invest in Girard by keeping the city moving forward as a safe, productive and economically feasible place to live.

“You can’t bring economic development into the city unless you have something to offer,” said Wilson. “I want to see less vacancies, more business and I want to see everyone get involved with the city to prove that investing in Girard is worth it.”

Knowing she’s older than most other candidates, Wilson said she can still fulfill the needs of the city.

“Age doesn’t mean a thing as far as getting things done. I want to see my city get back to where it used to be,” Wilson said.

Jeffrey Kay, 52, said he’s always had an interest in leadership, as far back as when he served as president of his high school class. He is the manager of Knightline Embroidery and now that his children are older, he said this was the perfect time to run for council.

“It’s the right time in my life for this. My kids are grown and I have a lot of time on my hands,” he said.

Kay said he is passionate about his community and believes he can help make Girard a better place to live. Agreeing with Wilson, Kay’s main goal, he said, is to see Girard moving in the right direction economically.

“I know the grocery store is a sticking point and the speed cameras. I’d also like to see more homes than rental properties,” Kay said.

To reach this goal, Kay said he hopes to help maintain and enhance the great sense of community in the neighborhood, improve the infrastructure of the city to improve the quality of life and re-establish past community programs for both our youth and adults as well as introduce new ones.

“I believe I am the best candidate because of not only my lifelong commitment to the community, but also my determination to ensure the growth and prosperity of the city of Girard,” Kay said.