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Woodworth picked to be new Middletown Borough Council member, replacing Ben Kapenstein

By Dan Miller

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Posted 5/17/18

Mike Woodworth was appointed by Middletown Borough Council on Wednesday to fill the vacancy created by the May 1 resignation of Ben Kapenstein.

Woodworth, of the 600 block of Hoffer Street, will …

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Woodworth picked to be new Middletown Borough Council member, replacing Ben Kapenstein

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Mike Woodworth was appointed by Middletown Borough Council on Wednesday to fill the vacancy created by the May 1 resignation of Ben Kapenstein.

Woodworth, of the 600 block of Hoffer Street, will serve until the end of Kapenstein’s term, which expires at the end of 2019.

Woodworth during a public question-and-answer session before he was appointed told council that he does not know if he will run for a full term on council in 2019.

Woodworth in September 2016 was appointed to a five-year term on the borough’s recently reconstituted Human Relations Commission.

Woodworth chairs the commission and, in response to a question from Mayor James H. Curry III, said he plans to remain on the commission as a member of the council.

Serving on the commission is “very rewarding but time consuming,” Woodworth said, adding that he expects being on the council to be more time consuming still.

Woodworth said he hopes to evaluate through his experience on council whether he will run in 2019, if being on council “fits right for my life and family.”

Woodworth was the only borough resident to apply to fill the vacancy, in contrast to five residents who applied to fill the vacancy created when Diana McGlone resigned from her council seat in March.

Council on April 3 picked Angela Lloyd of the 100 block of Oak Hill Drive to replace McGlone. Lloyd had also previously been appointed to the Human Relations Commission by council, and she is still on the commission, according to the borough website.

Woodworth said that he hopes to bring a “positive, constructive, reasonable and rational voice” to council discussions, and that he considers himself “an independent thinker” who looks at situations from all perspectives in making a decision.

He sees the biggest issue facing the borough as where the borough gets its money in terms of revenue, and “how we spend our money.”

He sees Middletown’s biggest asset as “opportunities” the town has, including the school district educational complex on North Union Street, the growing Penn State Harrisburg campus, Harrisburg International Airport, “a lot of fantastic businesses” and available storefronts that Woodworth referred to as “canvasses for new businesses.”

Woodworth also referred to his efforts on the commission working to establish closer relations between the borough and Penn State Harrisburg.