MICHAEL BLACK for MAYOR
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My son Lake, wife Tonya and I thank you for your VOTE on November 7th


 
 
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VOTE BLACK for MAYOR. Polls open in...

As mayor, I will stand for

SETTING A VISION. I want State College to be an even more attractive, vibrant and welcoming community—economically, culturally, recreationally and logistically. There is already so much that is good about State College. My goal as mayor is to work with all of our residents, neighborhoods and businesses to make it even better. I will reach out to Penn State and surrounding communities to help position State College and Centre County as premier locations to live, work, learn and play. 

Neighborhood Protection

Protection is in lockstep with Preservation and EnhancementHonor all structures. Respect and build diverse neighborhoods. Create affordable housing. Enact and show support of smart building. Preserve and enhance our green spaces, parks and outdoor meeting points. Support the ideal of having and maintaining quality schools and houses of worship. Acknowledge the benefits of first class municipal services. Sustain the privilege of safe village living.

Business Growth

Nurture existing our commercial businesses family. Encourage and support new business start-ups. Routinely explore, implement and evaluate innovations, creative strategies, and new ways of providing goods and services. Facilitate opportunities for our commercial family to experience and share next level growth. Coordinate with strategic partners within and exterior to the borough for planned growth.

Community Affairs

Embrace the all residents and “micro-cultures” of our community. Demonstrate true inclusivity of the constituents of the borough. Invite, pursue and nurture new relationships. Create routine opportunities for engagement in and appreciation of visual, performing and culinary arts and artists. Ally with Penn State and our surrounding township partners, so that our initiatives are in synchronicity. Energize our state lawmakers and hold them accountable to support our needs. 



PARTY ASIDE. I am a Democrat who won the Republican primary with the highest number of write-in votes. This means I will be a Democrat appearing on the Republican side of the ballot. This unusual situation creates an amazing opportunity for us to unite as people regardless of party affiliation. I am reminded of a quote by President John F. Kennedy, who said: “Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. . . . Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.” 


 

LEADERSHIP. As mayor I will advance our State College by example and promote cooperation among all people. My 27-year residence in the Borough as a student, business owner, community leader and husband/father has prepared me to provide passionate leadership. I honor neighborhoods, appreciate risk and value community. I stand for Protecting Neighborhoods, Preserving Green Spaces, Nurturing Business Growth, Energizing Community Affairs and Being Fiscally Responsible. 

BALANCE. The mayor presides at Council meetings and has veto power over ordinances adopted by Council. This responsibility requires the ability to focus on details while supporting a larger vision. It requires real-life experience balanced with actively listening to all people. It requires an even hand, patience, good judgment, efficiency, a sense of humor and above all, kindness. These are qualities that grew in my half century of life being present in family, work and community. 

 

Father. Husband. Creative. Coach. Changemaker. Life-long Learner.

Black earned his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Springfield College in 1985 and his master’s degree in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1988.  He spent the next three years as a student affairs professional at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. He moved to State College in 1991 to pursue a Ph.D. degree at Penn State Higher Education with a focus on Human Development.  Black was very active in campus life as a doctoral student, serving as an on-air host for WPSU and WPKS; a coordinator for the Penn State Cross Cultural Health Program; a member of the Graduate Student Organization; and, a student representative on the Penn State Budget Committee.

While a graduate student, Black reinvigorated his creative and entrepreneurial talents and spirit. He started his own business, BLACK SUN studio, in 1994 and by 1997 decided to devote his full attention to being an advertising and editorial photographer, designer and creative director.  In 2005, he designed and built the LABB, a 9,500-square-foot creative studio and arts space located on East Beaver Avenue.

Black is a 2011 graduate of Leadership Centre County and currently serves on the executive board.  He had served on the advisory council of the Penn State Center for World in Conversation and is a youth coach for State College Little League, Centre Soccer, OLV HOOPS, Grow the Game, and SC AIR.  His wife, Tonya, is a teacher in the State College Area School District; their son, Lake, is a student at the DELTA school.

  "Life is all about relationships—with other people, the planet and ourselves. We must nurture these relationships and appreciate them for the gifts they are."
"Life is all about relationships—with other people, the planet and ourselves. We must nurture these relationships and appreciate them for the gifts they are."

Question. Why do you want to be mayor? 
Answer. After the 2016 election many folks myself included were left disillusioned with politics in general. It forced me to revisit how I wish to continue to contribute to the town I love. I really want the opportunity to give back to the community that has given my family so much. With my 25 years of academic, family, small business and community service relationship experience, it’s the RIGHT TIME with the RIGHT PEOPLE for the RIGHT REASONS.

PRESS & IN THE NEWS



Black fits the job. When we reflect back on our 33 wonderful years in this community and we consider Michael Black as the new mayor.... [Full story here: cdt].
Kevin and Georgia Abbey, Executive Director of Leadership Centre County


Black fits the job. When we reflect back on our 33 wonderful years in this community and we consider Michael Black as the new mayor.... [Full story here: cdt].
Kevin and Georgia Abbey, Executive Director of Leadership Centre County


Black fits the job. When we reflect back on our 33 wonderful years in this community and we consider Michael Black as the new mayor.... [Full story here: cdt].
Kevin and Georgia Abbey, Executive Director of Leadership Centre County


Black fits the job. When we reflect back on our 33 wonderful years in this community and we consider Michael Black as the new mayor.... [Full story here: cdt].
Kevin and Georgia Abbey, Executive Director of Leadership Centre County


Black fits the job. When we reflect back on our 33 wonderful years in this community and we consider Michael Black as the new mayor.... [Full story here: cdt].
Kevin and Georgia Abbey, Executive Director of Leadership Centre County


Black fits the job. When we reflect back on our 33 wonderful years in this community and we consider Michael Black as the new mayor.... [Full story here: cdt].
Kevin and Georgia Abbey, Executive Director of Leadership Centre County


Black fits the job. When we reflect back on our 33 wonderful years in this community and we consider Michael Black as the new mayor.... [Full story here: cdt].
Kevin and Georgia Abbey, Executive Director of Leadership Centre County


Black fits the job. When we reflect back on our 33 wonderful years in this community and we consider Michael Black as the new mayor.... [Full story here: cdt].
Kevin and Georgia Abbey, Executive Director of Leadership Centre County



"A vote for Black won’t disappoint. ... I urge you to vote for Black for mayor. You won’t be disappointed." [Full story hre: cdt
Jeff Peters, Distinguished Professor of Molecular Toxicology and Carcinogenesis Deputy Director, The Penn State Cancer Institute


Black, a Future Worth Supporting. ...a future with Michael Black as mayor is one that I feel very comfortable supporting. [Full story here: cdt].
Susy Glenn, Owner, Best Event Rental


Black’s talents will enhance borough. I really cannot imagine a better candidate to be our mayor [Full story here: cdt]. 
Laurie Mulvey, Executive Director, World In Conversation


Black The Right Choice. Michael represents the type of leadership that our beloved town needs. [Full story here: cdt].
Deb Schram, Teacher, SCASD


Thumbs Up for Black. A vote for Michael Black is a vote for a better community, addressing the concerns of our community. [Full story here: cdt].
Andrew Jackson Sr., Educator, Musician


Black Would Be A Great Mayor. Michael’s commitment to his fellow residents is evident through his history. [Full story here: cdt].
Sally Baker, Psychologist


Black cares about State College. I am pleased and excited to see that Michael Black is running for mayor of State College. [Full story here: cdt].
Melissa Carpenter, State College Resident and renowned potter


Finally The Right Man. I can honestly say that my dear friend Michael is the future leader we all need [Full story here: cdt].
Helen Woskob, Business Woman, Philanthropist


Black fits the job. When we reflect back on our 33 wonderful years in this community and we consider Michael Black as the new mayor.... [Full story here: cdt].
Kevin and Georgia Abbey, Executive Director of Leadership Centre County


Black fits the job. When we reflect back on our 33 wonderful years in this community and we consider Michael Black as the new mayor.... [Full story here: cdt].
Kevin and Georgia Abbey, Executive Director of Leadership Centre County


Black fits the job. When we reflect back on our 33 wonderful years in this community and we consider Michael Black as the new mayor.... [Full story here: cdt].
Kevin and Georgia Abbey, Executive Director of Leadership Centre County


Black fits the job. When we reflect back on our 33 wonderful years in this community and we consider Michael Black as the new mayor.... [Full story here: cdt].
Kevin and Georgia Abbey, Executive Director of Leadership Centre County


Black fits the job. When we reflect back on our 33 wonderful years in this community and we consider Michael Black as the new mayor.... [Full story here: cdt].
Kevin and Georgia Abbey, Executive Director of Leadership Centre County


Black fits the job. When we reflect back on our 33 wonderful years in this community and we consider Michael Black as the new mayor.... [Full story here: cdt].
Kevin and Georgia Abbey, Executive Director of Leadership Centre County


Black fits the job. When we reflect back on our 33 wonderful years in this community and we consider Michael Black as the new mayor.... [Full story here: cdt].
Kevin and Georgia Abbey, Executive Director of Leadership Centre County


Black fits the job. When we reflect back on our 33 wonderful years in this community and we consider Michael Black as the new mayor.... [Full story here: cdt].
Kevin and Georgia Abbey, Executive Director of Leadership Centre County


Our Next Mayor. a man with enduring optimism, inspiring ideas, and an individual with incredible persistence, the kind psychologists call “grit” because it can only come from facing life’s difficulties with the determination to make things better for one’s self and others. [Full story here: cdt].
Jess Sellers, CWRU, Director of Psychological Services


Black Has Vision For Community. His vision of the community is a healthy mixture of idealism and pragmatism. [Full story here: cdt].
Taylor Greer, Faculty, Penn State, School of Music


Then I personally recognized and felt this disconnect between myself as a Penn State student and the town of State College, one of the many problems Black would like to improve upon as mayor. “There’s this perception that students are not residents,” Black said. “I think we can do so much better with that, just by including everyone in that common voice.” [Full story here: collegian].
Katie DeFiore, News and Features Writer


Proud To Support Black For Mayor. I can speak firsthand that Michael Black is and always has been a fair, passionate and goal-oriented individual, as I had the honor to work for him. [Full story here: cdt].
Amber Ligetti, Teacher, BESD


Black offers new leadershipWe admire his tireless ability to think big, listen thoughtfully, work energetically and connect people of all ages and interests into a vibrant force excited about making a better community. [Full story here: cdt].
Vicki Fong, retired writer Penn State University.


Why Michael Black?  We will vote Michael Black, an accomplished neighbor with a fresh perspective, to serve as our new mayor. [Full story here: cdt].
Julie Desmond, US Airlines Manager


Black Brings People Together. As a lifelong resident of State College, I am proud to support Black for mayor. [Full story here: cdt].
Michael Kipp, Surveyour


“I’m not a politician — I’m not that guy,” he says. “But an ambassador and a diplomat — I am that guy. To speak highly of the town, to negotiate some sort of relationship with the university, with other townships, to negotiate two conflicted parties to some sort of resolution, I think I can do all that pretty well.”  [Full story here: scm].
Robyn Passante, Editorial Writer


A democratic mayoral candidate guided by five core values:

• Inclusivity • Mindfulness • Empathy • Creativity • Vibrancy

I believe these five values will enable State College to be better and reach its full potential in every aspect of what we do, how we do it and why we do it.  We must be honest, reflect on who we are and challenge ourselves to improve. I promise to listen carefully, to consider all sides of an issue, and to make decisions with the utmost integrity.
Most importantly, I want you to hold me accountable.

 

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 CREATIVE SOLUTION: recycle 5,000 abandoned Penn State football spirit buttons with BLACK for MAYOR stickers.

CREATIVE SOLUTION: recycle 5,000 abandoned Penn State football spirit buttons with BLACK for MAYOR stickers.

 

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