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Republicans Select Troyanowski to Run for Wheatland Highway Commissioner

Mark Troyanowski was elected during an emergency meeting of Wheatland Republicans on Wednesday after Scott Bishop withdrew his candidacy.

By Shannon Antinori

Wheatland Township GOP precinct committeemen elected Mark Troyanowski to fill a vacant spot on the ballot during a Jan. 30 emergency meeting of the Wheatland Township Republican Organization.

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Troyanowski will now run for highway commissioner among a slate of Republican candidates, replacing Scott Bishop, who withdrew for personal reasons.

The new candidate is running against incumbent Dayton Jarnagin, who was elected as a Republican but is running as an Independent, and Democrat Dawn De Sart.

Troyanowski is a 10-plus year resident of Wheatland Township and is an employee of the United States Pipe & Foundry Company and member of the American Public Works Association, according to a release from the the Wheatland GOP group.

Troyanowski successfully ran for a precinct committeeman spot last year and said he was excited about the opportunity to be part of the GOP slate.

"The highway commissioner has a major responsibility to everyone in Wheatland Township to make sure we're providing these life safety services and we're doing it efficiently and effectively," added Troyanowski, who said his goal is to champion transparency and fiscal responsibility in the township.

He said he plans to work collaboratively with nearby municipalities to provide services to residents.

"We need to make sure we're all on the same page and it's a collaboration," he said. "The major focus is to make sure we are accountable to [our] constituents."

The new candidate has the support of his predecessor on the ballot.

“He’s going to bring a lot of integrity to the township,” Bishop said Thursday.

Bishop also said while he won’t be seeking a seat on the board in 2013, he does plan to run for township office in four years.

“It’s important because I had a lot of supporters,” he said. “It’s important for them to know that I will be back.”

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