Partner to seek re-election as county commissioner

MIFFLINTOWN — Mark R. Partner has announced his intention to seek another term as Juniata County Commissioner by entering the May 21 Democratic primary election.

“It is a privilege to serve all the residents of Juniata County,” Partner said in a press release. “I continue to observe and address the concerns and issues that relate to responsible county fiscal management as well as detailed budget oversight.”

Partner, 58, is a 1978 graduate of Juniata High School. He attended West Chester University.

Prior to being elected in 2015, Partner had served as Juniata County Commissioner from 1996 through 2007 and was the county’s auditor from 1993 through 1995.

He is currently affiliated with the Lions Club of Mifflintown, Walker Grange, Juniata Valley Estate Planning Council, Rotary Club of Mifflintown, Juniata County Historical Society, Juniata Meals on Wheels, Juniata County Farm Bureau and Juniata Business and Industry.

While serving as a commissioner, Partner has worked with Mifflin-Juniata Regional Services Corporation, Mifflin-Juniata Area Agency on Aging, Executive Committee of Juniata Valley Behavior and Developmental Services, Pennsylvania Counties Risk Pool, Juniata County Industrial Development Authority, SEDA-Council of Governments and the Juniata County Extension Council.

Partner cited his support of necessary technology upgrades, improved courthouse security procedures, authorizing initial work to move toward acquiring and implementing upgrades to the assessment department’s property appraisal and records system. He also said he worked cooperatively to develop a draft plan to repurpose the former county prison building to assist with increased space needs for other county departments, required records storage and staff.

“I will continue to serve the best interests of our communities and citizens,” he said. “I champion positive growth and progress. I will continue to work cooperatively to maintain and promote the desirable quality of life that defines Juniata County.”

Partner and his spouse Linda reside near Walnut in Beale Township and are the parents of three adult children. They also have two grandchildren. Partner and his wife attend St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at Nook.