Transparency and accessibility in Council’s decision making
Safer streets for all Bethel Park citizens
Increase access and inclusivity to Bethel Park’s services
Hi, my name is Brendan McCarthy and I am running to be your councilman for Ward 4 in Bethel Park. I moved here 2 years ago with my wife, Catherine, and our 2 daughters. Not even a year later, we welcomed our 3rd daughter to our wonderful new home in North Bethel. We chose to make Bethel Park our home because of the many beautiful parks, the excellent school system, and, of course, the incredibly welcoming community with so many friendly people. Since getting settled in, we have not been disappointed. Our daughters have taken full advantage of the access to the multitude of parks in the area, my oldest is in the home stretch of 1st grade at Lincoln Elementary with our middle child enrolling in kindergarten for next year, and our neighbors have been as welcoming and friendly as we could have ever hoped.
While my family and I have only lived in Bethel Park for two years, I have been coming to, driving through, and admiring its beauty for my entire life. I have immediate and extended family spread across the municipality. I didn’t grow up here, but we visited the area often and I have spent many evenings playing miniature golf at Cool Springs, exercising on Corrigan Drive, and dodging traffic on Broughton Rd to get to my aunts’ houses. I remember when Lowes was a Hills and I remember how long that plot of land sat unused after Hills went away. I may have just moved here, but I feel as though I’ve been a part of Bethel Park since I was born. It is these wonderful experiences that have instilled a passion in me to be a small part of helping Bethel Park to be the absolute best it can be.
I graduated from Temple University in 2003 with a degree in Business focusing on Finance and Real Estate. Since graduating I have developed a strong experience in Customer Service. I have honed this experience in jobs both in and out of the Financial Industry. I know the importance of listening to someone’s issue, keeping the lines of communication open, and being transparent about the solution. I have also developed a talent to evaluate current processes and figure out how to make them more efficient. Bethel Park is the 3rd largest suburb in Allegheny County and we can’t run up deficits like the Federal Government, so it is imperative that we find the most efficient ways to deliver high-quality services to the people on our limited budget. In my experience, there is no perfect process and we should always be looking for ways to improve them. It is this passion and fresh perspective that I hope to bring to our local government as Ward 4 Councilman.