An Adah man appointed to the role of German Township supervisor is seeking a two-year term in that position in the May 16 primary.
Louis “L.C.” Otto is running on the Democratic ballot and also accepting Republican write-in votes since there is no GOP candidate for supervisor. Otto was appointed supervisor to fill the unexpired term of Dan Shimshock at the end of 2015. Shimshock resigned at 2015’s end to become a magisterial district judge, leaving behind a term set to expire at the end of 2019 that Otto seeks to keep.
Nelson Croushore and Rick Matthews are seeking the same two-year term on the Democratic ballot, although Croushore also filed to seek a six-year term as a Democrat, as did incumbent Bob Belch and challenger Rick Matthews.
“I feel we have a lot of great opportunities in the future, and I want to be a part of that,” Otto said.
Otto highlighted what he said are his two biggest accomplishments as supervisor so far. One is negotiating a deal with Atlantic Broadband to provide cable and high-speed internet by the end of 2018 without a tax increase to township residents limited to options such as DirecTV and Verizon dial-up.
“We’re writing it up as a victory,” Otto said.
The other accomplishment is helping to institute a three-member German Township Police Department starting in January with no tax increase, which Otto said has bolstered community policing. State police served the township from 1998, when the township police department disbanded, until two years ago, when supervisors contracted with Southwest Regional Police.
Otto said he works outside more than inside as supervisor, plowing snow, filling potholes and going “on the road” every day with the other two supervisors and the township road crew.
“I get down and dirty,” Otto said.
Otto added that he oversees correspondence with PennDOT and the state Department of Environmental Protection, also handling grant, ordinance and liquid fuels responsibilities.
“I’ve been heavily involved in the community for most of my life,” Otto said.
A 2009 graduate of California University of Pennsylvania and 2005 graduate of Albert Gallatin Area High School, Otto is chief of the Adah Volunteer Fire Department and an active member of the Ronco Volunteer Fire Department. Before becoming supervisor, Otto worked in the oil and gas industry as a petroleum land man, leasing parcels for gas and oil companies to drill on.
“I have a passion for German Township,” Otto said