Democrat voters in Girard's 1st Ward have two quality candidates in the May primary election. The Tribune Chronicle Editorial Board endorses Stephen Brooks over longtime political veteran Vincent ''Sonny'' Schuyler.
Brooks brings fresh ideas and the energy to push them. On his agenda is finding a developer for housing around Upper Girard Lake, discovering a way to restore Lower Girard Lake and creating recreational opportunities for both. Lower Girard Lake was drained when its 100-year-old dam needed breached.
Brooks has been a civically active Girard resident for many years, especially with the Girard Athletic Association.
Schuyler has a distinguished public service career, having served as a city police captain, Girard's mayor and currently as an at-large member of City Council.