Bellwood-Antis grad Jeff Stuby (2008) first got a feel for local government when renovating the James Whitney Stevens Memorial Park in Bellwood. At age fifteen, he raised funds to repaint and refurbish playground equipment, repair and replace fencing, re-shingle a pavilion, and put down mulch.
“The approval process for that work brought me in direct contact with the local borough government, and the project showed me the impact an individual can have at the local level,” stated Stuby.
Stuby put his experiences from his youth to the test recently when he won a seat on the Carlisle borough council.
Stuby has been an active member in the Carlisle community since 2016, taking on multiple leadership and volunteer positions.
“In the past two years, I have truly immersed myself in the town and have been part of some of the amazing work that’s going on here,” he said.
Stuby’s wife Sam, a 2009 B-A alum, was not surprised that her husband became a council member. She said that Jeff has always had an ambition for civil service, stating that, “As soon as we moved to Carlisle he was signing up for neighborhood groups, attending council meetings and joining in local nonprofit agencies.”
Stuby initially moved to South Central Pennsylvania when his wife accepted a job.
“As we looked for homes,” stated Stuby. “We fell in love with Carlisle and knew it was where we wanted to live.”
During his time in Carlisle Stuby has been the President of Hope Station Board and East Side Neighbors Association along with being the chair of Carlisle Parks & Recreation Board. Stuby also volunteers at organizations such as Cumberland Valley Rising, N.O.A.H, and the United Way.
Sam said that her husband has been a role model of a good citizen, and that he inspires her to do the same.
“I am very proud of his aspirations,” said Sam. “I am glad that he was elected and is stepping into this role as city councilman.”
Stuby is looking to address several issues in Carlisle, the first being infrastructure.
“As we grow, the borough needs to provide for the maintenance of infrastructure we currently have and look for avenues to chart a course toward energy and environmental sustainability,” he said.
Stuby is also looking to combat homelessness and shared that there are many in the borough who sleep on church floors due to being homeless.
“The borough needs to keep these residents in mind and ensure the town works for everyone, which includes continued efforts to provide for affordable housing and combat homelessness,” said Stuby.
Finally, Stuby is aiming to improve the borough’s transparency to the community. In recent years, Stuby says the borough has increased it transparency but that it is important to keep it up.
“All borough residents should know what their government is doing and have the opportunity to voice their opinions,” he said.
Graduating from Bellwood in 2008, Stuby went on to Penn State University earning bachelors’ degrees in political science and history. He then attended John Hopkins University and graduated in 2014 with a master’s in education.