peter melan about

I first became involved in politics in 2007 when the Home Rule Charter was passed, creating an additional three council seats.  Unfortunately, I was not victorious and quickly gained an admiration for government.  It was shortly after my loss that I was asked to become a member of the Easton Police Civil Service Commission.  The primary responsiblities were to certify all lists ranging from patrolmen to captain, listen and rule on appeals, and proctor both the physical agility test and written exam.  The commission would meet only when business was to be conducted, which was approximately every two years.  My term lasted from March 2008 through December 2016.

Once established, I was asked to become of the Easton Zoning Hearing Board, which heard appeals from applicants who were denied a request for special exceptions and variances.  This was a position that was partially crucial to the City, which allowed business owners and investors to be creative and transform properties into thriving businesses or expand their operations.  Seeing the projects that the board voted on and how they are part of the success Easton has seen reinforces my passion to see the City prosper.  My term on the Easton Zoning Hearing Board lasted from July 2014 through December 2016.

In October of 2014, a vacancy on City Council became available due a member of Council relocating to a municipality outside of Easton and the search for a replacement began.  The caveat was that anyone who replaced the outgoing Councilmember could not run for the election in 2015.  I immediately began the process to collect the recquisite petition signatures to be included on the May 2015 ballot.

Throughout the campaign, I had the pleasure of meeting dozens of constituents who voiced their concerns with me.  With the few debates conducted throughout the City and continuing to market myself as someone who had a different opinion on various matters, the race for Council was close and in May of 2015, I placed second in a field of 5 highly qualified candidates.