The off year election has already begun for the democrats. Bob Harvie, 47 year old Falls Township resident and teacher at Bucks County Technical School, announced his candidacy for Bucks County Commissioner last week.

Bob Harvie is a lifelong Bucks County resident and is no stranger to public service serving on the planning board of Falls Township before being elected to board of supervisors.

“I learned very early in my life to believe that your community was only as good as you are willing to make it” Harvie says in his announcement “I have try to use whatever skills and entry I had to make a difference and that has led me to where I am today”

Bob Harvie (center) stands with his fellow Falls Township supervisors.

Harvie, now current chair of the Falls Township Board of Supervisors for 12 years, made it paramount to bring civility back to the Falls Township board.

“When I first came to the board, there were some serious issues,” Harvie explained. “There were definitely some issues in terms of how well our government was running and how professional things were. Now this government is more professional and deserving of the good people that live here

Under Harvie’s leadership Falls was able to build a boat ramp for access to the Delaware river, building a challenger baseball for children with disabilities,and improving parks.

“We spend a fair amount of our resources to improve the quality of life for our residents.”

In 2019, Falls will be investing about 3 million dollars to public works including upgrades to pinewood pool, removal of invasive emerald ash borer plants ,and intersection improvements on Levittown and Mill Creek parkway .

When asked about why he wants to go from local government to county government, Harvie said he sees an opportunity to enact change in Bucks County Government

“We need a county government that works a little bit more closely with local government and school districts that can get accomplished with things that need to get accomplished,” Harvie said.

All three commissioners seats are up for election this year.

WBCB’s Manny Jones contributed to this report.