Local Business Owner Announces Candidacy for Clarion County Commissioner

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Ted Tharan

KNOX, Pa. – Ted Tharan, resident of Beaver Township and life-long resident of the Knox area, has announced that he is running for the Republican office of Clarion County Commissioner.
Tharan , 60, has been the owner of Tharan Contracting of Knox for 39-years, and is an active member in his community. He is a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Knox, Sons of the American Legion Knox Post, Knox Lions Club, Society of Hickory Golfers, PA Grade Crude Oil Coalition, and PA Independent Petroleum Producers. In addition, he has previously served on the Knox Ambulance Board of Directors; as president of the Keystone School District Board; as president of the Foxburg Country Club Board of Governors; and as president or secretary / treasurer for four local oil and gas companies.
Having been a small-business owner for nearly 40 years himself, Tharan knows the struggles facing local, small business owners and that it is getting harder to sustain a small business.
“Small businesses are the majority of employers in our area and are currently regulated and taxed too much,” Tharan said. “In addition, with most business owners being over the age of 50 in Clarion County, it’s important that we look at how local government can encourage our next generation of professionals to become business owners and help keep commerce local.”
Tharan would like to see Clarion County’s budget more streamlined and for our governments – local, state, and federal – to function within their means and not raise taxes to fund unnecessary expenditures.
“Our citizens are Taxed Enough Already,” he said.
Tharan is married to Jolinda Frye Tharan, owner of Countryside Crafts of Knox. His son, Garrett Tharan, married to Shanna Klingler, lives in Knox and is also a small business owner. Tharan’s daughter, Krista Tharan, is married to Jason Baumgartner, and they reside in Mars, PA.
Tharan can be contacted at tedtharanforcommissioner@yahoo.com.

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